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It.Is.Draft.Day. That means it’s a holiday in my house. I’ve got coffee, coverage, and C-12 hours until things get rollin’. In the meantime, I thought we’d focus on yesterday’s big news. Seattle officially made Richard Sherman the highest paid CB in the NFL with a $57 million contract extension with $40 million guaranteed; he’ll take home approximately $14 million per year. This is a huge agreement for any CB and, rest assured, there’ll be no shortage of analysis for the remainder of the off-season. Today, I thought we’d take a look at all of the league’s most costly CBs for comparison’s sake. We’ve got to talk about something other than Johnny Football until 8:00…

 

Top Ten Highest Paid Cornerbacks in the NFL

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1. As mentioned above, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman's new contract extension makes him the league’s most expensive player at this position. Sherman, who had 48 tackles and 8 interceptions in 2013, is set to take home just about $14 million in 2014, which you’ll see is nearly double the No. 2 (and 3 and 4) guys on this list. 

 

2. The Houston Texans’ Johnathan Joseph will earn $7.5 million during the 2014 season. Joseph, who is entering his 9th season, had 3 interceptions and 47 tackles last year. 

 

3. Staying in the Lonestar State, we move to Dallas, where Cowboys CB Brandon Carr will also earn $7.5 million in the upcoming year. Carr’s more than respectable 2013 numbers (71 tackles and 3 interceptions) were the best since his rookie season. Hopefully Carr can build on his success in September.

 

4. The Pack’s Tramon Williams put up pretty impressive numbers last season. Williams had 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. This on-field prowess will net Williams $6.9 million in 2014. 

 

5. Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall missed a significant number of games during the 2013 season. While Hall was on the field, he had 20 tackles and an interception. Hall is slated to earn $6.8 million in 2014, so hopefully he’s ready to go by kick-off weekend. 

 

6. Many (myself included) believe that the Browns have one of the best CBs in the league in Joe Haden. With 54 tackles and 4 interceptions in 2013, Haden was a definite bright spot on a team that is still struggling to find its identity. Cleveland’s front office will pay Haden $6.68 million in 2014. 

 

7. Kansas City CB Brandon Flowers had 68 tackles, a sack, and an interception during the 2013 year. Flowers was forced to leave the Chiefs’ Wild Card play-off game against the Colts with concussion-like symptoms, so he didn’t get to end the year on a high note. Flowers’s blow should be lightened, though, by the knowledge that he’ll take home $5.25 million during the 2014 season. 

 

8. Speaking of the Colts, re-signing CB Vontae Davis was among the top priorities for Indy during this off-season. After panicking fans ever so briefly, the front office managed to keep Davis on the roster and are set to pay him $5 million in 2014. 

 

9. Former Tennessee Titans CB Alterraun Verner was considered one of the top free agents in the 2014 class. Verner, who is just 25, had 57 tackles and 5 interceptions during the 2013 season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped-up Verner and will cut him a check for $5 million come September. 

 

10. Philadelphia Eagles CB Cary Williams is set to earn $4.75 million during the fast-approaching season. With 67 tackles, a sack, and 3 interceptions last year, its easy to see why Philly’s brass is keen to keep Williams around.

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