Over the last decade the National Football League has evolved into a multibillion dollar entity. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that teams set new benchmarks for player salaries every offseason.
We are still firm believers that NFL players are grossly underpaid as a whole . We fully understand that most people won’t sympathize with guys who earn six–, seven-, and eight-figure salaries to play a game for a living. But when you compare the earning power and the contractual guarantees of NFL players to that of other American professional athletes, it’s truly laughable. But we’ll save that story for another day.
In this article, we focus on NFL players on the verge of becoming very, very wealthy men. Between now and the start of the 2017 NFL season, we fully expect the following 11 players to either sign contract extensions with their current teams or land deals during free agency that put them among the highest-paid players in the league at their respective positions.