NFL players make a ton of money nowadays, as they currently play in the most popular sport in America. Here are the 30 richest active players in the NFL.
The National Football League is big business, with earning potential that has never been seen before. Today’s NFL superstars have the opportunity to earn money that stars of the past could have never dreamed about. As we begin to look towards the 2017 NFL Free Agency period, there are certain to be a bunch of big name players who are going to add a few commas to their bank accounts.
With that being said, here are the top 30 active players who have earned the most money during their playing careers.
Contract information courtesy of spotrac.com.
30. Trent Williams – $74,578,684
Since drafting Trent Williams with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have made the big left tackle a very rich man. Williams begins our list of the top-30 richest active players in the game right now and is one of three offensive linemen on the list. The former Oklahoma Sooner has been a mainstay on the Redskins offensive line since his rookie season, and he should have a lot of good football left in him.
After being drafted, Williams signed a six-year, $60 million deal, which had over $36 million dollars guaranteed. That contract ran until 2015, when he signed another big contract to stay with the team until 2021. His latest contract was a five-year, $68 million deal, with over $41 million of that guaranteed. He has done a nice job of making sure his money is guaranteed, and in a league where contracts can be very deceiving, he has made good on most of his money.
Thanks to Williams, the Washington Redskins have one of the better offensive units in the NFC. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has emerged as a legitimate starter in the league, and the five-time Pro Bowler is a big reason why. Williams will only be in his early-30s when his current contract expires, meaning he could be well into the nine-figure range by the time he decides to hang up his cleats for good.