When talking about the highest-paid players in the National Football League, you can’t help but bring up the quarterback position. Widely known as one of, if not the hardest position to play in sports, quarterbacks have traditionally been given the highest contract deals. While other players see their positions as just as valuable as the quarterback spot, they are still not earning what quarterbacks earn.
The top five highest-paid players in the NFL are all quarterbacks. Whether or not these quarterbacks are worth their salaries is the question that we’re about to answer. Let’s take a look at the five highest-paid players (which are all quarterbacks) in the NFL and decide whether or not they’re worth the money so you can make your bets against their NFL odds.
Top Five Highest-Paid NFL Players: Are They Worth It?
5. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff makes an annual salary of $33.5 million. When he signed his deal, he guaranteed himself at least $57 million.
When Goff was a rookie under head coach Jeff Fisher, many were deeming him a bust. After Sean McVay took over, Goff began to show why he was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
In 2018, Goff led the Rams to the Super Bowl, passing for nearly 4,700 yards with 32 touchdown passes. While he threw for almost the same yardage in 2019, he only threw 22 touchdown passes and had 16 interceptions. The Rams failed to make the playoffs last season.
Many see Goff as the product of a quarterback-friendly system. Without a strong running game last season, Goff’s numbers took a step backward. As of now, we think the Rams may have paid too much for Goff’s services.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. He has put up some of the best numbers in the history of the sport, and he has done it without the support of a great running game or high-profile wide receivers.
The one knock on Rodgers is that he’s only won one Super Bowl title. However, many don’t fault him for that, as team management has never really been able to put a great defense on the field to help support the offense.
Rodgers makes $33.5 million per season, and his contract guarantees him over $78 million. We think that Rodgers is worth every penny of his salary.
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger is in the second season of a two-year, $68 million contract. Roethlisberger earned $34 million for not playing a down last season due to injury and will earn the same this season.
That’s a lot of money for a 38-year-old quarterback who can play recklessly at times. He has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, but at this stage of his career, is he really worth $34 million?
We think that the Steelers have had to pay him for what he’s already done, and not what he’s going to do. Right now, Roethlisberger is overpaid.
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
In 2019, Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million contract with a $70 million signing bonus. Wilson is totally worth his $35 million annual salary.
Wilson’s statistics show that he is worthy of signing this large contract. The former third-round draft pick routinely throws for over 3,500 yards per season with over 30 touchdown passes. Without having star skill players, and playing behind a subpar offensive line, Wilson has overachieved.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Earlier this year, Mahomes signed a 10-year contract worth $450 million. His signing bonus was over $63 million.
In his first two seasons as the starting quarterback, he threw for over 9,000 yards and 76 touchdowns, while only tossing 17 interceptions. In leading the Chiefs to their Super Bowl win last season, Mahomes showed the world why he is widely known as the best quarterback in the game.
In Andy Reid’s system, Mahomes will continue to put up huge numbers. If the Chiefs can keep their core together, and Mahomes can stay healthy, this deal will be a great deal for Kansas City.