The best NFL players make big money. “Just how big, though?”, you might be wondering. Today’s column will answer your question, at least for the quarterback position. Today, we’re going to take a look at the top ten highest paid quarterbacks for the upcoming 2015 NFL season. Take note that these aren’t the biggest quarterback contracts; these are just the guys who will make the most bank this year.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is set to earn $32.25 million this season. This makes Big Ben not only the highest paid quarterback in the league, but the highest paid player overall.
2. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton signed an extremely lucrative five-year extension this off-season and will make $31 million in 2015 alone.
3. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan signed a 2013 contract that made him the league’s second highest paid player at the time. In 2015, Ryan will make $23.5 million. Pretty impressive for a guy who hasn’t even made it to the postseason.
4. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler signed an absurdly long (and expensive) seven-year contract in 2014. Despite reports of buyer’s remorse in Da Bears’ front office, Cutler will make $20.5 million this season.
5. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will be paid $19 million in 2015, the result of a five-year contract he signed following the 2012 NFL season.
6. New York Giants QB Eli Manning is set to earn $17.5 million in 2015, the final year of his current contract. The team hasn’t had much success since their Super Bowl XLVI win, but I still doubt they’ll let Manning go.
7. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will make $17 million this year. This is part of a 2013 contract that made Romo the highest paid player in Cowboys history. Not too shabby considering he doesn’t have a single ring to show for it. Just sayin’.
8. San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is set to make $15.75 million during the upcoming year. Rivers will likely become a free agent following this season and could garner a hefty contract. That’s a lot of new bolo ties.
9. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will be paid $15 million this season. Manning was supposed to make $19 million in 2015, but agreed to take a $4 million pay cut in order to retain some of the club’s free agents.
10. Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (who is competing with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow for the team’s starting spot) is set to make $12.985 million this year. Bradford has had the least overall success of the players on today’s list and I honest don’t know quite where Chip Kelly’s head was at when he signed him…