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The 10 Highest-Paid Players in This Year’s Super Bowl

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The Los Angeles Rams will be the second consecutive team to play in the Super Bowl in its home stadium when they host the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. It was good luck for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year as they won the big game in Tampa, Florida.

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In a game of this magnitude, every player is in the spotlight. However, the 10 highest-paid players in the game certainly will be expected to deliver. From quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow to the lesser-recognized players like Tyler Boyd, these are the economic stars of Super Bowl LV.

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10. Trey Hopkins

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Center
  • Base Salary: $4,300,000
  • Signing Bonus: $1,125,000
  • Roster Bonus: $938,235
  • Workout Bonus: $200,000
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Cap Hit: $6,563,235

An undrafted free agent coming out of college, Hopkins persevered for three seasons of being signed to the practice squad and waived – and again and again. Elevated to the active roster at the end of the 2016 season, he has started 67 of the 75 games he’s played since 2017. The Bengals rewarded him with a three-year, $20.4 million contract extension effective in 2020.

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9. Joe Mixon

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Running back
  • Base Salary: $5,000,000
  • Signing Bonus: $2,000,000
  • Roster Bonus: $176,471
  • Workout Bonus: $200,000
  • Restructuring Bonus: $750,000
  • Cap Hit: $8,126,471

Joe Mixon made his first Pro Bowl team in 2021 after recording a career-high 1,519 yards from scrimmage. His 1,205 rushing yards were third best in the NFL. Recognizing his contributions to the offense, the Bengals signed him to a four-year, $48 million contract extension in 2020.

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8. Joe Burrow

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Base Salary: $2,255,006
  • Signing Bonus: $5,970,025
  • Roster Bonus: $0
  • Workout Bonus: $0
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Cap Hit: $8,225,031

Joe Burrow was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2020 and the quarterback from Athens, Ohio, led the Bengals to the Super Bowl in Year 2. The face of the franchise, Burrow will be in line for a multimillion-dollar contract extension in a few years if he continues on the same career path.

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7. Jalen Ramsey

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Base Salary: $1,500,000
  • Signing Bonus: $5,000,000
  • Roster Bonus: 0
  • Workout Bonus: $0
  • Restructuring Bonus: $3,200,000
  • Cap Hit: $9,700,000

The Rams gave up two first-round and a fourth-round draft pick for Jalen Ramsey in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. It was a steep price to pay, but it has paid off. He was named a first-team All-Pro in the 2020 and ’21 seasons.

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6. Tyler Boyd

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Base Salary: $8,000,000
  • Signing Bonus: $1,400,000
  • Roster Bonus: $235,294
  • Workout Bonus: $200,000
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Cap Hit: $9,835,294

Tyler Boyd was a reliable target for his quarterback in the 2021 season. He caught 67 passes for 828 yards – a respectable 12.4 yards per reception – and scored five touchdowns.

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5. Trey Hendrickson

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Defensive end
  • Base Salary: $3,800,000
  • Signing Bonus: $2,500,000
  • Roster Bonus: $6,176,471
  • Workout Bonus: $0
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Cap Hit: $12,476,471

A third-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2017, Trey Hendrickson signed a four-year, $60 million free-agent deal with the Bengals before the 2021 season. He had 14 sacks and 27 quarterback hits in his first season in Cincinnati.

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4. D.J. Reader

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Base Salary: $4,300,000
  • Signing Bonus: $4,062,500
  • Roster Bonus: $5,000,000
  • Workout Bonus: $200,000
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Cap Hit: $13,562,500

D.J. Reader is part of an impressive defensive line for the Bengals. He started all 15 games in played in during the 2021 season and registered 43 tackles.

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3. Aaron Donald

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Base Salary: $1,892,000
  • Signing Bonus: $8,000,000
  • Roster Bonus: $0
  • Workout Bonus: $0
  • Restructuring Bonus: $4,500,000
  • Cap Hit: $14,392,000

Cincinnati will need to protect quarterback Joe Burrow from Aaron Donald. A three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Donald had 12.5 sacks in 2021 and has 98 for his career.

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2. Trae Waynes

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Base Salary: $8,400,000
  • Signing Bonus: $5,00,000
  • Roster Bonus: $2,000,000
  • Workout Bonus: $400,000
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Miscellaneous: $0
  • Cap Hit: $15,800,000

Trae Waynes signed a three year, $42,000,000 million deal with the Bengals before the 2020 season, but he’s been a disappointment. Injuries have limited him to just five games over two seasons.

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1. Matthew Stafford

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Base Salary: $9,500,000
  • Signing Bonus: $0
  • Roster Bonus: $10,000,000
  • Workout Bonus: $500,000
  • Restructuring Bonus: $0
  • Cap Hit: $20,000,000

The No. 1 pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the woeful Detroit Lions. Traded to the Rams in January 2021, he’s heading to his fourth playoff game this season. He played in just three — all losses — with the Lions.

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Methodology: To find the 10 highest-paid players in this year’s Super Bowl (LVI), GOBankingRates used Spotrac’s team cap tracker for the 2021 season for both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. GOBankingRates then combined the two teams’ active rosters and sorted in terms of (1) total cap hit with the 10 highest-paid players being included in the final list. For the top 10, the following were found along with total cap hit: (2) player name; (3) team played for; (4) position; (5) base salary; (6) signing bonus; (7) roster bonus; (8) workout bonus; (9) restructure bonus; and (10) any miscellaneous bonuses. All data was collected on and up to date as of Jan. 31, 2022.

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