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.
Jason Peters – Offensive Tackle
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.
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.
Fletcher Cox – Defensive Tackle
Several of the names on this list have jumped from team to team, and for a good reason – moving to a different team usually means a bonus in your paycheck. But not Fletcher Cox. He's never moved off the Philadelphia Eagles, despite having plenty of opportunities to do so.
He started with them after being drafted in 2012, and he's been sent to six Pro Bowls and made several All-Pro honors. He's got a ring thanks to the Eagles winning the big game in Super Bowl LII, and he's got a pretty good bundle stashed away – somewhere around $115 million. Not bad.
Robert Quinn – Defensive End
Defensive ends are highly paid because they can easily disrupt an opponent's offense. And if an opponent can't score, winning games becomes much easier. Robert Quinn loves to push past offensive tackles and go in for a sack, and he's done it for many teams – the Rams, the Dolphins, the Cowboys, the Bears, and the Eagles.
He's earned somewhere in the realm of one hundred and twelve million dollars doing it, so he must be pretty good. He's missed getting to a Super Bowl, but he's made All-Pro a couple of times and the Pro Bowl thrice.