Sometimes you need to add a hunter to your team. In the 2014 draft, the Dallas Cowboys got a hunter in DeMarcus Lawrence. He’s played defensive end with his first team for nine years, racking up a huge collection of sacks, tackles, and takeaways – a total of seventeen fumbles.
He’s made it onto the second-team All-Pro twice and has been selected for a trio of Pro Bowls once he got established. By sticking with his team and playing well, Lawrence has made somewhere in the realm of one hundred and two million dollars.
Joey Bosa – Outside Linebacker
Joey Bosa is one of the younger names on this list, and he's one of the highest-earning outside linebackers, without a doubt. That's what being Defensive Rookie of the Year does for you.
He's also earned a quartet of Pro Bowl honors on his way to helping his team...not make it to the Super Bowl. Don't worry. We're sure he will get there one of these days. Some team that needs an outside linebacker to complete the squad will call him up and get him a ring.
Jason Pierre-Paul – Defensive End
Jason Pierre-Paul has been rocking quarterbacks and ball carriers for more than ten years after getting drafted by the New York Giants in 2010. He got snagged by the Tampa Bay Bucs for a few years, and now he's playing with the Baltimore Ravens.
He's been on a pair of Super Bowl-winning teams (XLVI and LV), and one more thing – he had to have his right index finger amputated after getting it blown off with a firework. That's certainly unique. Still, he can buy plenty of new fingers with about $104 million.
Justin Houston – Defensive End
You don't have to be a superstar to earn the big bucks. That's not to say that Justin Houston isn't darn good at his job of chasing down people and then hitting them (please don't hurt us), but he's far from a name the casual fan might recognize.
Still, playing with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Baltimore Ravens, he's been named to four Pro Bowls and reached the first-team All-Pro squad once in 2014. He's also earned a pretty good payout for all his hard work, getting around one hundred and one million dollars.
Andy Dalton — Quarterback
Players that started earlier will earn less. That's because of inflation, a smaller team cap, and many other reasons. For example, Andy Dalton didn't start decades ago, and he's still a quarterback, but he's still made a bit less than some of the other QBs on this list. But he's still in the nine-digit club, making about one hundred and one million dollars after more than ten years in the league.
He's also accumulated three different Pro Bowl appearances while slinging it for the Cincinnati Bengals. Nowadays, he's playing backup, which still commands a respectable salary.