There are many highly versatile and talented athletes in the NFL. Some of these players demand an extremely high premium for their services to their team.
Players such as Ndamukong Suh have proven their talents over and over again and have some of the highest salaries in the NFL.
However, perhaps the most important position in this game is that of the ball distributor and they too are required to be paid a bundle.
In this report, I will take a look at the NFL quarterbacks, who command high premiums for their services.
1) Ben Roethlisberger, $35.25 million
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to get paid $35 for the 2015 season. He has won two Super Bowls and appeared in three since being drafted by the Steelers in 2004.
2) Cam Newton, $31 million
Newton was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and will be paid $31 million in 2015 for taking snaps under center for the Carolina Panthers.
3) Matt Ryan, $23.5 million
Matt Ryan plays for the Atlanta Falcons and will get paid $23.5 million next year. Over the course of three years he has been paid around $63 million. However, he had better step up his production because the Falcons have had just a 10-22 record during this time.
4) Russell Wilson, $20.7 million
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks recently signed a contract with the Seattle Seahwaks that was worth $89 million. Although he was only scheduled to get $700,000 in base salary next year, he has part of a $31 million signing bonus due to him next year, increasing his wages to $20.7 million.
5) Jay Cutler, $20.5 million
Cutler will get paid $20.5 million next year. After signing his hefty contract, the Bears reportedly had gotten “buyer’s remorse”. However, they do not have a better option at quarterback for 2015.
6) Drew Brees, $19 million
Drew Brees scored a huge contract after setting the record for passing yards a few years back. He is set to get paid $19 million next year and will be looking to improve the team’s production as well.
7) Eli Manning, $17.5 million
Entering the final year of his contract with the New York Giants, Eli Manning will make $17.5 million this year. The two-time Super Bowl winner scores high on this list even though he had to have his contract restructured in 2012 to give the Giants more salary cap space.
8) Tony Romo, $17 million
Romo has been the beneficiary of a six-year deal worth $108 million from the Dallas Cowboys. He is set to make $17 million in 2015.
9) Philip Rivers, $15.75 million
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is set to make $15.75 million next year.
10) Peyton Manning, $15 million
Peyton signed a five-year, $96 million deal with the Denver Broncos in 2012. He agreed to take a $4 million dollar salary deduct in 2015 in order to help the Broncos re-sign some needed free agents.
By a contributor