Listing the NFL’s highest-paid players is an inexact science. Derek Carr’s new contract with the Raiders, for example, made him the league’s highest-paid player … in terms of average annual salary.
Some might argue total guaranteed money is the only number that matters in an NFL contract, and under those terms, Carr is the 10th highest-paid player going into 2017.
For the purpose of this list, though, Sporting News will stick with average annual salary as the determining factor in ranking the NFL’s highest-paid players. The list, as always, is subject to change.
Tip of the cap to our friends over at Overthecap.com for the contract figures.