The NFL is paying out big bucks to owners with a lot of cash.
The league’s salary cap, which reached $70.4 million last season, is set to climb to $90.8 million this season.
And now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the league is also paying out a little over $100 million in guaranteed money.
The top 10 players to make the cut for each of the last two seasons (all of whom received contracts with the New England Patriots) are listed below: QB: Tom Brady, New England: $10.5 million; WR: Julio Jones, Atlanta: $8.5M; WR/KR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit: $7.5 M; RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh: $5.5m; WRs: Brandon Marshall, Chicago: $4.5 m; RBs: Jamaal Charles, New Orleans: $3.5ma; LBs: Jadeveon Clowney, Jacksonville: $2.5; DEs: Cameron Wake, Miami: $1.5.
DEs and DEs are getting $1 million per year for the next two seasons.
And if the Patriots are still on the market this summer, that’s a lot more money than any of these players have ever made in their careers.
If you’ve ever played a football game and wanted to spend a million dollars, the Patriots might be the team for you.
But if you’ve been on the other side of the coin, maybe the Lions are a better bet.
QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: $9.8M; RB/KR/LB: Joique Bell, New York Giants: $6.8m; DE/OLB: Jason Pierre-Paul, New Jersey: $700,000; OLBs: Ryan Kerrigan, Indianapolis: $500,000.
DE: Cameron Jordan, New Mexico: $250,000 and DE: Justin Smith, Tennessee: $150,000 each.
OLB: Dontari Poe, Cleveland Browns: $275,000 for the second season.
DE/LBs: Jabaal Sheard, Oakland Raiders: $175,000 a year for five years.
OLBs: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans: $200,000-plus a year.
OL/DE: Jairus Byrd, Miami Dolphins: $600,000 over two years.
OT: Kevin Zeitler, Atlanta Falcons: $850,000 per year.
DT: Aaron Donald, Seattle Seahawks: $925,000 two years, $1,100,000 guaranteed.
DE-OLB/DE-OLBs: Cameron Erving, New Hampshire: $900,000 one year.
LBs/DEs: Shaq Lawson, New Zealand: $50,000 to $100,00 per year per team.
ILBs: A.J., Dont’a Hightower, Ohio State: $100 to $150 per year, depending on the team.
OT/ILB: Aaron Kampman, New Brunswick: $70,000-$100,0000 per year depending on whether the player is a defensive tackle or guard.
WRs/TEs: Arian Foster, Texas A&M: $40,000 annually, plus $200 a year per franchise.
TEs: Martellus Bennett, LSU: $15 to $30 per year (if he is not waived) and $50 per year if he is.
OL: DeMarcus Ware, Alabama: $400,000 plus $100 a year to the 49ers if he does not play in the NFL next season.
WR/WRs: Roddy White, South Carolina: $20,000 in guaranteed pay, plus a $2,000 signing bonus if he doesn’t sign.
TE: Jason Witten, Tennessee Titans: $25,000 yearly, plus another $200 signing bonus.
LB/DE/OLBs/DEB: Jonathan Bostic, Ohio: $350,000, plus an additional $200.
DE and ILB: K.J._ McFarland, Florida: $75,000 at signing, plus more than $100 signing bonus each year.
WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama, $100 per year from now until 2020.
DE, ILB, DE, OLB, and DEB: Trent Murphy, Tennessee, $35,000 annual.
All three of these guys are guaranteed at $1 billion.
WR1: Avant Adams, Georgia: $12 million per season for the past two years; WR2: Julio Antonio Andrews, Alabama; WR3: Kelvin Benjamin, North Carolina; WR4: Amara Darboh, Florida State; WR5: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Jets; WR6: Kelvin Austin, South Florida; WR7: Demaryius Thomas, Ohio; WR8: Tyrell Williams, South Dakota