Now that the 2019 Super Bowl is set between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, there’s just one other football game to look forward to: The greatest of the gridiron will meet in Orlando, Fla., this year for the 2019 Pro Bowl.
To give you a closer look at which football stars get the fattest paycheck, GOBankingRates compiled a list of the highest-earning players selected to play in this year’s Pro Bowl. See how much it pays to be a star NFL player.
11. Tom Brady (QB) Salary: $15M
- Team: New England Patriots
- Average Annual Salary: $15 million
- Contract Terms: 2 years, $30 million
Now heading to his ninth Super Bowl appearance, 41-year-old Tom Brady is quickly running out of records to break and fingers to adorn with Super Bowl rings. His commitment to Super Bowl LIII will keep him from attending the Pro Bowl this year. With each Lombardi trophy he wins — five Super Bowl titles so far — the harder and harder it becomes to argue that he’s not the greatest quarterback of all time.
10. Jurrell Casey (DE) Salary: $15.1M
- Team: Tennessee Titans
- Average Annual Salary: $15.1 million
- Contract Terms: 4 years, $60.4 million
Jurrell Casey is one of three players on the Titans to be selected to play on Pro Bowl teams and the first player from the Titans to receive four consecutive invitations to the Pro Bowl throughout his career, the Nashville Post reported. Over the course of the 2018 season, he tallied 62 tackles and seven sacks after playing in 15 games.
9. DeAndre Hopkins (WR) Salary: $16.2M
- Team: Houston Texans
- Average Annual Salary: $16.2 million
- Contract Terms: 5 years, $81 million
DeAndre Hopkins played all 16 games of the regular season to help the Houston Texans rank No. 1 in the AFC South. During the 2018 season, Hopkins had a career high of 115 receptions, 1,572 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
8. Antonio Brown (WR) Salary: $17M
- Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
- Average Annual Salary: $17 million
- Contract Terms: 4 years, $68 million
Antonio Brown is no stranger to the Pro Bowl — he’s now been selected to participate for the seventh time. Although he wasn’t drafted until the sixth round in 2010, he has evolved into arguably one the best players in the NFL, with a $17 million average annual salary. He finished the 2018 season with 104 receptions, 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.
Although Brown was selected for this year’s Pro Bowl, he’ll be replaced by Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for the game.
7. Fletcher Cox (DT) Salary: $17.1M
- Team: Philadelphia Eagles
- Average Annual Salary: $17.1 million
- Contract Terms: 6 years, $102.6 million
Although the Eagles were ousted by the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Eagles did well this season thanks in part to the play of Fletcher Cox. Cox, who has now been elected to four Pro Bowls during his career, finished the season with 10.5 sacks and 46 tackles.
6. Von Miller (OLB) Salary: $19.02M
- Team: Denver Broncos
- Average Annual Salary: $19.02 million
- Contract Terms: 6 years, $114.1 million
Von Miller has been in the NFL for eight years. He’s now been elected to the Pro Bowl seven of those years and he’s the first Bronco in history to record six double-digit-sack seasons. The 29-year-old finished the 2018 season with 14.5 sacks and 29 tackles.
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5. Philip Rivers (QB) Salary: $20.8M
- Team: San Diego Chargers
- Average Annual Salary: $20.8 million
- Contract Terms: 4 years, $83.25 million
Philip Rivers was elected to his eighth Pro Bowl after his performance this season. He threw for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns. You might expect that kind of performance by looking at this quarterback’s massive paycheck.
4. Aaron Donald (DE) Salary: $22.5M
- Team: Los Angeles Rams
- Average Annual Salary: $22.5 million
- Contract Terms: 6 years, $135 million
In his fifth season in the NFL, Rams’ defensive end Aaron Donald is not only one of the highest-paid players to be selected to the Pro Bowl, but he is also one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, according to Forbes. And as last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, his $135 million contract might be justified. However, Donald will most likely skip out on the Pro Bowl in preparation for his team’s appearance at the 2019 Super Bowl.
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3. Drew Brees (QB) Salary: $25M
- Team: New Orleans Saints
- Average Annual Salary: $25 million
- Contract Terms: 2 years, $50 million
At age 40, Drew Brees is the seventh highest-paid NFL player and the second highest-paid quarterback on this list heading to Orlando. After 18 years in the league, Brees has won a Super Bowl, was named All-Pro once and has now been elected to 12 total Pro Bowls.
But for the second year in a row, Brees and the Saints have lost in the playoffs. The Los Angeles Rams recently defeated the Saints in controversial fashion at the NFC title game. Brees was also one of the last men standing before the Saints fell to the Vikings after the “Minnesota Miracle,” a year before.
2. Khalil Mack (OLB) Salary: $23.5M
- Team: Chicago Bears
- Average Annual Salary: $23.5 million
- Contract Terms: 6 years, $141 million
Khalil Mack’s talent as an outside linebacker has secured him a vote to the Pro Bowl once again. Mack spent his first four seasons in the NFL as an Oakland Raider, before ultimately being traded to the Chicago Bears. During the 2018 season, Mack had 12.5 sacks, nearly the same amount of sacks as the entire Raiders’ defense.
1. Aaron Rodgers (QB) Salary: $33.5M
- Team: Green Bay Packers
- Average Annual Salary: $33.5 million
- Contract Terms: 4 years, $134 million
Arguably considered one of the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Aaron Rodgers is also the highest-paid player to ever play the game. In 2018, Rodgers signed a historic deal with the Packers worth $134 million to keep him in Green Bay. His $33.5 million average annual salary broke the previous record set by Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan who earned an average annual salary of $30 million. Although Rodgers didn’t make it to the playoffs this year, he’s won two MVP titles, has one Super Bowl championship under his belt and was elected to seven Pro Bowls.
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Andrew Lisa contributed to the reporting for this article.