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Top 10 Highest Paid American Football Players 2017

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American football is arguably the most popular sport in the United States. Originated from the game of rugby football, also recognized as just football in America and Canada. It’s interesting that the first ever match of American football was played between two college teams, namely Rutgers and Princeton in 1869. And now at this 21st century, professional football and college football are the most popular forms of the American football.

About 70,000 college athletes and 1.1 million high school athletes participate in this game annually. People all over America actually waits for the National Football League which holds the record of the highest average attendance of any league around the world. NFL has annual revenue around $10 billion according to the data collected over 2016. The most renowned NFL participants are also counted among the highest paid athletes in the world.

Highest Paid American Football Players:

Here we bring the top list of American football players. The best teams obviously can afford these best players with huge amount of annual salary and match payments. Take a quick look over the top 10 highest paid American football players in 2017.

10. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger, best NFL, richest
Ben Roethlisberger | image credit – Wikimedia/Jeffrey Beall

Ben Roethlisberger started his college football career with Miami. Currently he is playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a quarterback in the National Football League. He is presently in a 6 years contract with his team. He was drafted as a 1St Round 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Ben is now listed with 6 feet 5 inches height and 241 lb. weight in the NFL.

The current contract value with his team is a total of $87,986,500 including $25,200,000 signing bonus. His yearly earning is about $14,664,417 average salary and has a total of $33,200,000 guaranteed income. Also, Ben Roethlisberger earns a total cap hit of $18,895,000 in the last NFL season which includes $12,100,000 basic salary and $6,795,000 restructure bonus. He is our 10th pick as the highest paid American Football Players in 2017. His current Career Earnings till date are $93.2 million with the present release value of $13,590,000.

9. Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh, highest paid
Ndamukong Suh | image credit – Wikimedia/Jeffrey Beall

Ndamukong Suh started his college football career with Nebraska. And currently plays for the Detroit Lions as a defensive tackle. He was drafted as a 1St Round 2nd overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2010 NFL Draft. He is now listed with 6 feet 4 inches height and 307 lb. weight in the National Football League.

His present contract value with his team is $64,502,000, currently earns $12,900,400 yearly average salary. He also has a total of $23,250,000 assured income. Ndamukong Suh earns a total cap hit of $22,412,500 in the last NFL season that includes $12,550,000 basic salary and $6,267,500 restructure bonus. This 9th highest paid American football player of our list has career earnings till date are $51.5 million with present release value of $19,475,000.

8. Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy, best paid NFL
Greg Hardy | image credit – Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Greg Hardy currently plays for the Carolina Panthers as a defensive end in the NFL. He was drafted as a 6th Round 175th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 NFL Draft and started his college football career with Mississippi. He is presently in a 1 year contract with his team Carolina Panthers. Greg Hardy is now listed with 6 feet 4 inches height and 290 lb. weight in the NFL.

The current contract value with his team is a total of $13,116,000 and earns $13,116,000 yearly average salary. Greg has a total of $13,116,000 guaranteed income. Also, he earns a total cap hit of $13,116,000 in the 2014-15 season of NFL that includes $13,116,000 basic. His current Career Earnings till date are $2.7 million with the present release value of $13,116,000.

7. Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers, best earning NFL players
Philip Rivers | image credit – Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Philip Rivers is a quarterback in the National Football League and plays for the San Diego Chargers. Whereas he started his college football career with NC State and drafted as a 1St Round 4th overall pick by the San Diego Chargers. Currently he is listed with 6 feet 5 inches height and 228 lb. weight in the NFL.

Philip Rivers is now in a 6 years contract with his team San Diego Chargers. The contract value with his team is a total of $91,800,000 including $19,550,000 signing bonus. His present day earnings can be totaled up to $15,300,000 yearly average salary and $38,150,000 assured income. Philip Rivers earned total cap hit of $16,666,666 last season, which includes $13,800,000 basic salary and $1,666,666 restructure bonus in the NFL. His current Career Earnings till date are $106.1 million with the present release value of $4,533,334 release value.

6. Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford, best paid,earning
Sam Bradford | image credit – Wikimedia/US Embassy London

Sam Bradford presently plays as a quarterback for the St. Louis in the National Football League. His college football career was started with Oklahoma and was drafted as a 1st Round 1st overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2010. Bradford is now listed with 6 feet 4 inches height and 224 lb. weight in the NFL, surely our sixth pick as the highest paid American Football player in 2017.

Sam Bradford is presently in a 6 years contract with his team. The contract value is a total of $78,045,000 including $17,975,000 signing bonus. His yearly average earning is about $13,007,500 as salary. Although he has a total of $50,000,000 promised income each year. Last season Sam earned a total cap hit of $17,610,000 in the in the NFL which includes $14,015,000 basic salary and $3,595,000 signing bonus. His earning till date are $51 million.

5. Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace | image credit – Wikimedia/Trevorpeelman

Mike Wallace is another highest paid American football player who plays for the Miami Dolphins as a wide receiver in the National Football League. The genius started his college football career with Mississippi and finally was drafted as a 3rd round 84th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009. He is now listed with 6 feet 0 inches height and 200 lb. weight in the tournament.

Presently he holds a 5 years contract with his team Miami Dolphins. He will also be free agent soon in 2018, where the contract value is a total of $60,000,000 including $11,000,000 signing bonus. Mike Wallace currently earns $12,000,000 as yearly average salary and got yearly assured income of total $30,000,000. He earned a total cap hit of $17,250,000 in the last NFL season that combines $15,000,000 basic salary and $2,200,000 Signing bonus. His total career earning till date are approximate $16.6 million.

 4. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning, best earning, american football
Peyton Manning | image credit – Wikimedia/Jeffrey Beall

Peyton Manning, another quarterback plays for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League. This highest earning football player started his career with Tennessee and drafted as a 1St Round 1st overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. He is currently listed with 6 feet 5 inches height and 230 lb. weight in the NFL.

Peyton has got a 5 years contract with his team Denver Broncos and will become free agent this year. Contract value with his team is a total of $96,000,000, where his present-day earnings includes $19,200,000 yearly salary and a total of $58,000,000 guaranteed income. Last season he earned a total cap hit of $17,500,000 in the National Football League. He also has a total of $2,500,000 as Restructure bonus. Career earning till date can totaled as $242.7 million.

3. Eli Manning

Eli Manning, highest paid football players
Eli Manning | image credit – Wikimedia/Sgt. Michael Holzworth

Eli Manning is a quarterback American Football Player who plays for the New York Giants in the NFL. He also started his college football career with Mississippi and was drafted as a 1St Round 1st overall pick by the New York Giants 13 years ago. Currently he is listed with 6 feet 4 inches height and 218 lb. weight in the National Football League.

His present contract of 6 years with NYG will soon be ended. The contract value with the Giants is about a total of $97,500,000 and $13,000,000 signing bonus. Eli Manning has a yearly average earning of $16,250,000 and assured income of $35,000,000. He earned a total cap hit of $20,400,000 in the last NFL season that included $15,150,000 basic salary and $2,250,000 restructure bonus. This richest NFL player has a career earnings till date of $135.1 million.

2. Gerald McCoy

Gerald McCoy, football player
Gerald McCoy | image credit – Wikimedia/Jeffrey Beall

Gerald McCoy is the second best earning American football player according to our list. He started his college football career with Oklahoma. Now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a defensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted as a 1St Round 3rd overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He is currently listed with 6 feet 4 inches height and 300 lb. weight in the game.

McCoy is presently enjoying a 6 years contract with his team Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The contract till 2022 worth a total value of $95,200,000 and $2,500,000 signing bonus. Currently he earns $15,866,667 as yearly average salary and got $51,500,000 as guaranteed income. Last season he earned a total cap hit of $20,895,000 in the NFL including $17,500,000 basic salary. Gerald McCoy has career earning till date of $44.4 million.

1. Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler, highest paid american footballers
Jay Cutler | image credit – Wikimedia/Damon J. Moritz

Jay Cutler is our highest paid American Football player in 2017. He is currently playing for the Chicago Bears as a quarterback in the National Football League. Before drafted as 1st round 11th overall pick by the Denver Broncos, he started his college football career with Vanderbilt. Currently he is listed with 6 feet 3 inches height and 220 lb. weight in League.

He has got a 7 years contract with his team Chicago Bears. Before ending up to 2021, his contract value is of $126,700,000, where yearly average earning is $18,100,000. He also got a total of $54,000,000 promised income each year. Jay Cutler earned a total cap hit of $18,500,000 in the last NFL season that included $17,500,000 basic and $1,000,000 Restructure earning. His career earning till date can be accumulated as $58.2 million with the present release value of $38,000,000.

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