In the salary cap era, teams need to be very careful about how they spend their money. There is nothing worse than rewarding a player with a huge salary, only to have them turn around and stink up the joint for years to come. It’s a risk that teams need to take, though, as letting that player go and watching as they play at the highest level possible with another team is a bit of a nightmare scenario. With all of that in mind, we are going to take a look at the top 5 highest paid players in the league right now and decide whether or not that is money well spent. You might well be surprised at who is and isn’t on this list. Let’s jump right into action so you can later on go ahead and place your bets against our NFL odds.
Top 5 Highest paid NFL Players: Are they worth it?
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – Mahomes finished last season by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after leading the Chiefs to a comeback win in the Super Bowl. He is the most exciting player in the league right now, although Lamar Jackson, who is not on this list, might argue with that notion. The Chiefs have a shot at building a dynasty here, assuming they can keep Mahomes in the fold. They took the steps to do that by handing him a 10-year $450 million contract in the offseason, $63 million of which is guaranteed. Yes, he is worth that much.
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – A 7-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl winner, Wilson is absolutely invaluable to the Seattle Seahawks. This is a player who is a game changer in every sense of the word, as he is a master at keeping plays alive with his feet, while also being able to stand in the pocket and pick teams apart. In 2019, Seattle rewarded him with a 4-year $140 million contract extension that will keep him with the Seahawks through 2023.
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – It might come as a surprise to many to see Big Ben this high up on the list, but should it be that way. This is a player who has delivered a pair of Super Bowl titles to the Steel City and who has put up some gaudy stats over the course of his career. He has, though, had injury issues and missed the majority of 2019 with an elbow injury. He has looked good on his return, leading the Steelers to a 2-0 record to start the season. He has earned this salary, but whether he is worth it at this point will likely be revealed this season.
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Rodgers is signed to the Packers through 2023 on a contract that pays him $33.5 million per year. There have been some diminishing returns from Rodgers in recent seasons, although that is certainly not all his fault given his surrounding cast. Whether he will still be in Green Bay in 2023 remains to be seen, as the Packers moved up in the draft to land a QB. Rodgers has been lights out through the opening 2 weeks of the season, as though trying to prove a point.
- Jared Goff – LA Rams – When you take a team to the Super Bowl, you stock instantly rises, which is what happened with Jared Goff. He was given a 4-year $134 million deal back in 2019 after taking the Rams to the Championship game, but you do have to question whether or not he is worth that type of money. Goff is good, but is he really in the same league as the elite QB’s in this league? Time will tell.