After ten years with the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton had led them to the Super Bowl (losing to the Patriots, which is a running theme in this article), earned MVP honors for his 2015 season, set the season record for quarterback rushing touchdowns, and led the Panthers to numerous playoff berths and division titles.
Of course, he doesn’t have a ring yet, but who knows? Meanwhile, he’s earned something like a hundred and thirty-three million dollars, with which he buys many wonderful hats and fancy outfits.
Ryan Tannehill – Quarterback
Ryan Tannehill has spent seven seasons as the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, keeping them in the fight for as long as possible despite being in the same division as the titanic New England Patriots.
He never took them to the Super Bowl, but he still earned his paycheck. Ahead of the 2019 season, he jumped ship to join the Tennessee Titans, giving the floundering franchise a spark of life. He's made a total of about a hundred and forty million big ones. It might not be in the top ten, but it's certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Brett Favre — Quarterback
After a year on the Atlanta Falcons, the "Gunslinger" himself joined the Green Bay Packers and started making history. His relationship with the team isn't perfect (similar to his off-field difficulties).
After the Packers, he spent a year playing for the Jets and then turned traitor to his old team by playing for the Vikings before retiring for the final time after the 2010 season. For all his hard work, his many injuries, and his many, MANY interceptions, he's earned around $138 million. His middle name is Lorenzo, by the way.
Sam Bradford — Quarterback
A journeyman quarterback might never get to settle in a specific place for too long, but they can rack up an impressive earning record.
He started with the St. Louis Rams for five seasons, jumped to the Philly Eagles for a year, spent a pair of seasons in Minnesota with the Vikings, and then was in Arizona with the Cardinals for the 2018 season. He collected a pretty sweet $130 million, which he probably got partly for flipping a bunch of houses he lived in.
Calais Campbell – Defensive End
From the Cardinals to the Jaguars to the Ravens, Calais Campbell has been spreading his talent all over the league. He's earned All-Pro honors three times, made it to the Pro Bowl six times, landed on the NFL's 2010 All-Decade Team, and was even named the 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the year.
At six-foot-eight and over three hundred pounds, he's a terrifying defensive end for any opponent. He hasn't been able to hold the Lombardi Trophy, but he can hold lots and lots of money – around a hundred and twenty-eight million dollars.