The lowest-paid NFL players rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the minimum NFL salary hitting around $450,000, according to Spotrac.com. For the highest-paid NFL players — many of whom are offensive superstars — a few hundred grand is a drop in the bucket.
To show just how much offensive NFL players can make, GOBankingRates.com ranked the richest offensive players this NFL season. Players are ranked according to their net worths, which is a measure of assets versus liabilities. Figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, which tracks celebrity earnings.
Julio Jones Net Worth: $8 Million
Julio Jones, who has a cap hit of $15.9 million this year, the highest of any wide receiver in the NFL, has a net worth of $8 million. Jones is in the midst of a five-year, $71.26 million contract inked with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jason Witten Net Worth: $12 Million
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten enters his 14th season in the NFL, all of which he’s played in Dallas. He was elected to a staggering 10 Pro Bowls. He has a five-year, $37 million contract with the Cowboys, which pays out an average salary of $7.4 million.
Julius Thomas Net Worth: $13.2 Million
One of the wealthiest tight ends in the league, Julius Thomas has a net worth of $13.2 million. Thomas played for the Broncos before inking a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. That contract earns him $46 million over five years, with an average annual salary of $9.2 million.
LeSean McCoy Net Worth: $14 Million
After serving a six-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, LeSean McCoy signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Buffalo Bills. The running back earns an average salary of $8 million a year, on top of a $2.63 million signing bonus through 2019.
Adrian Peterson Net Worth: $30 Million
Among the greatest running backs ever to play the game, Adrian Peterson maintains a short but lucrative contract with the Minnesota Vikings. That contract makes him the highest-paid player on the Vikings, earning him an average $14 million salary. A Minnesota Viking since he entered the league in 2007, Peterson approaches his 100th career touchdown.
Mark Sanchez Net Worth: $30 Million
After losing the Denver Broncos quarterback slot to Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys to cover for Tony Romo, who suffered a broken back and is reportedly out for six to 10 weeks.
Marques Colston Net Worth: $40 Million
Marques Colston has spent his entire 10-year career as a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Earlier this year, he was released by the Saints.
Jay Cutler Net Worth: $40 Million
Jay Cutler, quarterback for the Chicago Bears, has been playing in the NFL for a decade. He’s in the middle of a seven-year, $126.7 million contract that pays him an average annual salary of $18.1 million.
Russell Wilson Net Worth: $45 Million
Russell Wilson has spent all five years of his career as the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. During that time, he’s racked up three trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl victory. His contract with the Seahawks runs for four years and pays out an estimated $87.6 million.
Cam Newton Net Worth: $45 Million
Cam Newton took the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50, which capped off a team record 15-1 regular season. The quarterback has a five-year, $103.8 million contract, which contains a $22.5 million overall signing bonus and average salary of $20.76 million.
Vincent Jackson Net Worth: $50 Million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson boasts an average annual salary of $11.11 million as part of a five-year, $55.56 million contract that expires in 2017.
Philip Rivers Net Worth: $50 Million
NFL quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and five-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers is among the richest offensive players in this list. With a four-year, $83.25 million contract, he earns an estimated $20.81 million average salary.
Larry Fitzgerald Net Worth: $50 Million
Nine-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald enters the 13th season of his career, the entirety of which he’s played for the Arizona Cardinals. The wealthiest non-quarterback offensive player in this list, Fitzgerald has a net worth of $50 million. His current contract pays him $11 million for one year.
Joe Flacco Net Worth: $55 Million
Joe Flacco has spent his entire career as the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, since he was drafted in 2008. He signed a three-year, $66.4 million contract that pays him an average salary of $22.13 million, on top of an overall $40 million signing bonus.
Drew Brees Net Worth: $55 Million
Drew Brees’ 15-year career includes a Super Bowl victory and an 11-year tenure with the New Orleans Saints. The longtime quarterback picked up a 1-year contract with the Saints worth an estimated $24.25 million.
Tony Romo Net Worth: $60 Million
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a 12-year veteran of the NFL and rounds out this list of the richest NFL players. His future is uncertain after it was revealed a preseason back injury will sideline him for much of the coming season. The four-time Pro Bowler is guaranteed $55 million as part of his current six-year, $108 million contract.
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Carson Palmer Net Worth: $60 Million
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is a three-time Pro Bowler who has thrown over 260 touchdowns since he entered the league in 2004. He signed a one-year contract that pays out $24.35 million.
Eli Manning Net Worth: $100 Million
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has won two Super Bowls and was selected for four Pro Bowls. Manning signed a four-year contract worth $84 million, including an overall $31 million signing bonus. His average annual salary is $21 million.
Tom Brady Net Worth: $180 Million
No surprise, Tom Brady tops our list of the wealthiest offensive players this NFL season. The four-time Super Bowl champion and 11-time Pro Bowler is arguably the greatest quarterback ever to play football. The New England Patriots inked a two-year, $41 million contract that pays an average salary of $20.5 million, including an overall $28 million signing bonus, with Brady.
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NFL contract details, including average salary, signing bonuses and terms, are according to Spotrac.com.