NFL Players Who Have Made the Most Money

Posted by on September 14, 2016

Sports is no longer about talent, it is about the financial success. all over the world, players are reaping big from endorsements, huge payouts, and unparalleled commercial branding. However, the NFL has not been so rewarding to most, but those who hit, hit it big at times. Most NFL players are not paid enough money for their performances compared to the insurmountable chances of injury. In fact, their earnings average slightly above if not right at the league minimum pay.

Most of these NFL players go unnoticed as soon as they take off their sports attires. Probably the few who get corralled by news reporters after a game are the ones who are noticed in the public. There are a handful of NFL players who have been fortunate enough to turn their athletic acumen into financial success. Here are 8 NFL players who have made very high earnings in their career.

1. Eli Manning

The richest active NFL player, Eli Manning has earned a total of $205,780,004 in his career. His current contract runs through the 2019 season. He has 2 Super Bowl rings from the New York Giants and trust me it has made him earn plenty of money.

2. Tom Brady

With 4 Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady has been a key player for the New England Patriots and is arguably the greatest player in league’s history. In his 16-year career, Brady has earned a total of $191,554,868.

3. Drew Brees

Earning a total of $181,710,422 in his NFL career, Drew Brees has helped the New Orleans Saints become the league’s powerhouse. His current contract with the Saints ends in the 2017 season, and he is likely to earn at least $200 million in the course of his career.

4. Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers has committed his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and has continued playing at a high level despite the team’s current state in the league. He has earned a total of $173,917,656 in bonuses, incentives, and base salaries.

5. Carson Palmer

So far, Carson Palmer has played for three different franchises, yet he has still managed to earn over $150 million in his NFL career. Although his career seemed to be hitting the rocks, he has since come back on course and his account is doing great. Palmer has earned a total of $70.3825 million in base salaries,$7.35 million in roster bonuses, $47.76 million in signing bonuses, $21.175 million in restructuring bonuses, $9 million in option bonuses, and $2.73 in incentives.

6. Ben Roethlisberger

With a current contract running through 2019, Ben Roethlisberger is one of the highest-paid NFL players. He has won 11 postseasons, 2 Super Bowl rings, 113 regular seasons wins, and 4 Pro Bowls in his career. Roethlisberger has earned a total of $158,286,864 in base salaries, bonuses, and incentives.

7. Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers is a defensive player and one of the few with unique skills that have made him rich. His skills have allowed him to cash in with huge contracts worth a lot of money. Peppers has earned a total of $155,973,786 in base salaries, bonuses, and incentives.

8. Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald has played 13 seasons for the Arizona Cardinals and has been generously compensated for his loyalty and outstanding performance. Although it is rumored that he might retire at the end of the 2016 season, the fact is that he has made plenty of money to live a comfortable life. Fitzgerald has earned a total of $140,296,387 in bonuses, incentives, and base salaries.

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