When it comes to highly-paid players, there is one thing that is a pretty good indication you wouldn’t be on the list. That is if you’re undrafted. If you’re undrafted, there’s almost always a clear reason. Jason Peters might be the only undrafted player on this list, and he’s pretty high on the list, too.
He won a ring with the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, and he’s been named to the First-team All-Pro twice. He’s made about $119 million since he started, and that’s after starting at the bottom.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Quarterback
Jimmy G spent five years as the backup quarterback behind Tom Brady for the Patriots, garnering a ring after Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 and LI in 2017. After standing in for the old man for a few games, he showed enough skill to be traded to the 49ers ahead of the 2017 year, where he's been ever since.
He was the backup to starter Trey Lance, and he would get a little bit of playing time before he went down with an injury. All told, he's brought in about $125 million.
Khalil Mack – Outside Linebacker
After making a name for himself in Oakland, Mack was traded to the Chicago Bears in an eye-watering trade.
The deal he signed after the trade made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. After that, he was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers in 2022, but the money is still there – just currently, he's earned in the area of a hundred and twenty-seven million bucks. Is it worth it? He's good, but that's quite the paycheck for just one guy. Then again, he HAS been All-Pro four times between the first and second team.
A.J. Green – Wide Receiver
Few wide receivers were so widely feared and respected as A.J. Green during his time on the field. In 2012, he was the first rookie wide receiver to make it to the Pro Bowl in eight years. He's earned seven total Pro Bowls, a pair of second-team All-Pro honors, and has set plenty of records.
He's still playing with the Arizona Cardinals, but between his first year in the league and now, he's cashed out for around one hundred and nineteen million dollars. He's hoping for a Super Bowl one of these years, but he hasn't made it there yet.
Chandler Jones – Defensive End
It's been said the three highest-paid positions on any football team will traditionally be the quarterback, the left tackle, and the defensive end. Chandler Jones falls into that final camp and commands a total bill of around one hundred and sixteen million dollars.
That's because he's a two-time first-team All-Pro player, has been sent to four different Pro Bowls, was the NFL sacks leader in 2017, and was part of the New England Patriots when they won Super Bowl XLIX. All that just for being good and getting to the quarterback or locking down the edge.