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Players and Their Salaries

Some of the highest paid people in the world play for the NFL. The players’ capability to run the ball in the end zone and perform as top athletes helps them keep their job and high salaries.

As one of the most popular sports in America, large numbers of attendees helps maintain NFL’s stature. And as part of the income that the stadiums and technically the owners of teams reap, the teammates are paid accordingly. However, there are a few key players who have proved themselves over the years to be irreplaceable and valuable additions to their teams.

In my previous blog, I talked about the owners and the NFL who collect revenue through games, TV station appearances and spectators purchases. The players receive these benefits as well in compensation for their performance. There are two players that stand out to me when I think of the “big bucks.”

After the lockout ended, many players were renewed their contracts, but others ended their contribution to the Chargers and were traded to different teams. Eric Weddle, the Chargers’ premier safety, was offered another 5-year contract estimated $40 million, $19 million guaranteed. He accepted the new contract, making him the highest paid safety in the league. For a player of Weddle’s caliber, that seems to be a fair amount of money for his playing time.

Larry Fitzgerald, the wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals is another top-notch player that is paid a large amount of money. He renewed an 8-year, $120 million contract with the Cardinals this year. That makes Fitzgerald the highest paid receiver in the NFL. There is no doubt that he is a hard-working, dedicated player when he’s running home and racking up the TDs for the Cards.

There are many other players including Colts’ QB Peyton Manning, Patriots’ QB Tom Brady, and Eagles QB Michael Vick who bank over $15.9 million each. Despite their high salaries, those players are out on the field doing their job whole-heartedly. Watching Sunday Night Football is a popular pastime for many Americans, and if there were those key players receiving those paychecks, the NFL would suffer. It just goes to show that money runs the league and couldn’t survive without it.


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