NFL Salaries: Top 25 Paid Players in the NFL

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers#1 Aaron Rodgers QB,
Green Bay Packers

Topping the list for NFL salaries, the #1 of the top 25 paid players in the NFL is Aaron Rodgers. He will be the highest paid NFL player during the 2014-15 NFL Season with an average annually salary of $22 million dollars. He is the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and is also a former super bowl champion.  It will be another exciting year to see what Rodgers will do for the Green Bay Packers.  He is extremely smart with the ball, as well as in real life as he has even once scored 1300+ on his SAT’s.

Kolin Kaeprnick QB San Francisco 49er's

#2 Kolin Kaeprnick QB,
San Francisco 49er’s

This year Kolin Kaeprnick of the San Francisco 49er’s is the second highest paid player for NFL 2014-15, making $21 million.  It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Kaeprnick will average this year.  He has several tattoos, and on his chest he has tattoos that features the words “Against All Odds” and the body art around it signifies “spiritual growth, inner strength, and humility.” 

Matt Ryan QB, Atlanta Falcons

#3 Matt Ryan QB,
Atlanta Falcons

Earning just below $21 million this year, Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan rounds out the top 3 highest paid NFL players.   Nicknamed “Matty Ice” for his cool demeanor in the pocket and as an ode to the beer “Natty Ice” he came into the league in 2008 winning the NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and he hasn’t looked back since.  He is good at more then one sport, as he is also known to hit the links often and has played in such golf events as the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.

Joe Flacco QB, Baltimore Ravens

#4 Joe Flacco QB,
Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco, the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens comes in as the 4th highest paid NFL player during the 2014-2015 season with just a bit over $20 million. He was named Super Bowl XLVII’s MVP, so it is very clear Flacco has what it takes to throw the ball with the very best. Flacco is a fan of pizza as he was once a spokesperson for Pizza Hut, which sold a menu item they called “Flacco’s Favorites”.

Drew Brees QB, New Orleans Saints

#5 Drew Brees QB,
New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees’ loyalty lays in playing for one of the most beloved football teams, the New Orleans Saints, and skill sets are now cashing checks at a rate of $20 million per year.  He is in the top 5 highest paid players for the 2014-2015 season.  He was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV and the Offensive Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2011, and there is no doubt that Brees earns every single penny of his contract. He wears the #9 on his NFL jersey in honor of baseball player Ted Williams, Drew is a true lover of sports and was even voted by fans to be on the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 11 video game.

Peyton Manning QB, Denver Broncos

#6 Peyton Manning QB,
Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos is currently making a just over $19 million in cash. He comes from a football family.  His dad is Archie Manning, and brother, Peyton Manning, both made waves in the NFL, and there was little doubt Peyton would do the same.  He has won both a Super Bowl and five MVP awards.  It’s clear this quarterback has what it takes to succeed.  He has also appeared in a wide array of TV spots for different companies and shows live DirecTV, Saturday Night Live, and Papa John’s.  This has made him a fan favorite across the country.

NFL Rich List #7 Jay Cutler

#7 Jay Cutler QB,
Chicago Bears

Taking snaps for the Chicago Bears Jay Cutler’s yearly salary will reside in the $18.1 million dollar region.  Originally drafted by the Denver Broncos Cutler did not change squads to his present Bears NFL team until the 2009 season.  With a list of Bears records on his resume such as Most Career Pass Completions: 1,258 (2009-2013) there is little question about Cutler’s valuable contributions to the Franchise.  Not only does cutler contribute on the field but he does volunteer work for many charities including his very own the Jay Cutler Foundation.

Tony Romo QB, Dallas Cowboys

#8 Tony Romo QB,
Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo, starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, is a Texas favorite and his $18 million paycheck is proof about his skill and popularity.  He has been to the Pro Bowl several times and he holds some impressive NFL records like Most consecutive road games with at least one touchdown passing record of 33 (2009 – present). Romo loves the thrills of football and he also hosts a youth football camp in Burlington, Wisconsin, every year in the summer since 2004.

Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions

#9 Matthew Stafford QB,
Detroit Lions

Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions
was the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and he has had a lot of expectations to meet and his 2014 NFL salary of $17.67 million shows he is doing meeting those expectations.  He has NFL records like most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback. It seemed like Stafford was destined for super stardom.  Stafford also works off the field with a weekly segment on Mondays on The Mitch Albom Show with Mitch Albom on Detroit radio station WJR.

 Eli Manning QB, New York Giants

#10 Eli Manning QB,
New York Giants

Eli Manning quarterback for the New York Giants knows a thing or two about playing football.
He finishes out the top 10 2014 NFL highest paid player list and he also has a family member high on the list. After bringing the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, beating the New England Patriots both times he won the Most Valuable Player in both Super Bowls, Mannings $16.25 million dollar 2014 paycheck seems well justified.  Manning was also a volunteer in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and helped raise $2.5 million for the building of “The Eli Manning Children’s Clinics.”  This just goes to show that it is clear there is a softer side to this serious football talent.

Calvin Johnson WR, Detroit Lions

#11 Calvin Johnson WR,
Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson barely misses the top ten highest paid NFL player list coming in at number eleven with a $16.2 million dollar paycheck.  He is the first player on the list that is not a quarterback. He is nicknamed “Megatron.” This talented receiver holds some of the NFL’s best records like First NFL player in history to have consecutive seasons with at least 1,600 yards receiving (2011, 2012) which makes him a serious threat in any scenario.  Dangerous on the turf, it is a different story off the turf.  Johnson is a Christian who often leads a weekly Bible study group with other Lions players.

Larry Fitzgerald WR, Arizona Cardinals

#12 Larry Fitzgerald WR,
Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald is a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals and takes home a yearly paycheck of $16.1 million dollars.  He is one of two players featured on the cover of Madden NFL 10 and has also had his own feature cover on EA Sports video game NCAA Football 2005. There is always big things going on with Fitzgerald as his skills and charm are hard qualities to overlook.  Larry has also established the “Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund” to help children and their families by providing positive activities for children.

Mario Williams DE, Buffalo Bills

#13 Mario Williams DE,
Buffalo Bills

Mario Williams, who plays defense for the Buffalo Bills is known for being one of the best at his position by pulling in $16 million per season.  He was selected as the first pick overall by the Houston Texans during the 2006 NFL Draft.  He is also the Texans franchise sack leader and is currently sitting at 53 quarterback tackles for a loss and there is no denying his power on the field.  Holding an serious passion for people off the field, Williams debuted a honey-toasted oats cereal called “MariO’s” in 2012.  The sales proceeds are donated to a Buffalo charity supporting children with cancer.

Tom Brady QB, New England Patriots

#14 Tom Brady QB,
New England Patriots

NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady rarely needs an introduction. He is one of the most famous and recognizable players in the NFL.   This year, he earned $14.12 million dollars and will be another team leader.  In thirteen seasons as a starter, Brady has taken the Patriots to five super bowls, where they have won three out of those five super bowls. Brady was married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen on February 26, 2009.  He has appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2005, The Simpsons in 2005, Family Guy in 2006 and in 2009 he appeared on an episode of Entourage.

Richard Sherman CB, Seahawks

#15 Richard Sherman CB,

Corner back Richard Sherman is known for his gritty play on the gridiron.  After being involved in the “the Immaculate Deflection” during last years NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers and playing a key role in a subsequent Super Bowl victory against the Broncos the Seahawks had no issue In May of 2014 making Sherman one of the NFL’s highest-paid defensive players at $14 million per year.  Also once a USA Today All-American in track and field and one of 3 players, including Calvin Johnson and J. J. Watt, in Madden 15 with a 99 (highest-possible) overall rating it is clear Sherman excels and leaves a mark on whatever he is involved in.

Adrian Peterson RB, Minnesota Vikings

#16 Adrian Peterson RB,
Minnesota Vikings

Running back Adrian Peterson is being handsomely rewards for both his talents and loyalty.  He currently earns $13.7 million per season with the Minnesota Vikings. As the 2007 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year,  the 2012 AP NFL MVP and the 2012 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year it is Peterson’s raw skill sets combined with an unmatched work ethic that earns him every penny of $13.7 million dollar a year contract.  He has also had some hard times in his life.  He lost a brother to a drunk driver, a son to assault and almost the end to his NFL career due to a vicious torn ACL and MCL injury. There is no question he is person who can persevere through the hardest of times and still shine.

Phillip Rivers QB, San Diego Chargers

#17 Phillip Rivers QB,
San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers Phillip Rivers makes $13.6 million per year as a quarterback.  Rivers has always been a real team player and there is proof in records like most touchdowns between a single Quarterback and Tight End (60, Antonio Gates).  Also very much a team player off the field, Rivers was named one of three nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his work with the Rivers of Hope Foundation, something that he undertook with his wife to assist abandoned and orphaned children.

Joe Haden CB, Cleveland Browns

#18 Joe Haden CB,
Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns Joe haden is a rare treat to watch play in the NFL backfield.  A nightmare to NFL coaches, offenses and wide receivers since his 2010 NFL Draft first round selection by the Browns it is easy to see why Haden gives every effort in regards to making his $13.5 million dollar NFL salary count.  Football has always been a huge part of Haden’s family life and as the eldest of five boys, Joe has seen his brother Josh playing running back for Boston College, and his other brother Jordan playing safety for Toledo, with an additional brother Johnathan also playing in the NFL as a running back for Arizona.

Clay Matthews OLB, Green Bay Packers

#19 Clay Matthews OLB,
Green Bay Packers

Line backer Clay Matthews knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed. He comes from a long line of NFL players that includes his grandfather, father, uncle, and cousins. It is easy to understand why this dominant talent earns $13.2 million dollars per season. Matthews once made an appearance in the WWE in 2011, when he sprinted into the ring to help in Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship match against Dolph Ziggler as a celebrity referee.

Greg Hardy DE, Carolina Panthers

#20 Greg Hardy DE,
Carolina Panthers

Known as “The Kraken”, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy currently has a $13.1 million dollar yearly NFL salary.  The Ole Miss star athlete has been giving NFL offense a run for their money since his early days of mixing it up with other potential NFL greats. He is ranked 53rd in the NFL Top 100 for his breakout performance during the 2013 NFL Season there is no doubt there will be more to come from Hardy in the upcoming years.

Sam Bradford QB, St. Louis Rams

#21 Sam Bradford QB,
St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford quarterback of the St. Louis Rams currently holds the record for the most completions by a rookie in NFL history.  In the same year, he also won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award which lead to his $13 million dollar NFL yearly paycheck.  He also holds the record for most consecutive passes without an interception by a rookie quarterback (169). Bradford is an huge sports fan calling hockey his second favorite sport, which at times he compares to football in regards to his passion for the game.

Ndamukong Suh DT, Detroit Lions

#22 Ndamukong Suh DT,
Detroit Lions

One of the most aggressive players in the NFL has a bit of a temper. Defensive tackle  Ndamukong Suh who plays for the Detroit Lions makes $12.7 million dollars despite his somewhat bad attitude.  He won the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year (2010). The four year NFL veteran still has a long way to prove himself to both his team and the NFL.  Even though his raw talent cannot be denied, his on field antics have cast a shadow over his actual play and it will be interesting to see how the 2014-15 NFL season turns out for Suh.  Ndamukong  has endorsement deals with Nike, Subway, Omaha Steaks, Chrysler, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Charles Johnson DE, Carolina Panthers

#23 Charles Johnson DE,
Carolina Panthers

Defensive end Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers make the top 25 highest paid NFL player, even though many people may not recognize his name.  He brings in a $12.7 million dollar per year NFL paycheck.  He attended Hawkinsville (Ga.) High School and majored in child and family development at Georgia.  His total career stats consists as of NFL Week 17 2013 of 224 Tackles, 54 Sacks and 13 Forced fumbles.

Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

#24 Ben Roethlisberger QB,
Pittsburgh Steelers

Known as “Big Ben”, Roethlisberger stands a towering 6 ft 5 inches and weighs 240 plus pounds. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is known for his huge accomplishments on the field.  He is a two time Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII) and he has reached the pinnacle of football and has a $12.5 million dollar contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  While Big Ben’s records and accomplishments are almost too many to count, he was almost robbed of many of them after being in a severe motorcycle accident on June 12, 2006.  Luckily he was able to bounce back.  He has also founded “The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation,” who’s mission it is to provide support for both police and fire departments in the U.S.A.

Trent Cole OLB, Philadelphia Eagles

#25 Trent Cole OLB,
Philadelphia Eagles

Line backer Trent Cole who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles may not be as well known as the others on this top 25 list, but still earns a well deserved $12.1 million bucks per season.  His career stats of 517 tackles, 79 quarterback sacks, 1 interception and 16 Forced fumbles, Cole is not somebody to mess  with on the gridiron. In the NFL off season, Cole likes to hunt which has earned him the nickname “The Hunter.” Trent’s cousin, Norris Cole, is currently the starting point guard for the Miami Heat.


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