The National Football League isn’t a sports league for the faint hearted. It is a no nonsense, rough and tumble league. It takes some seriously tough players to strap on a helmet and go into the trenches. This season will see some very large paychecks handed out to NFL stars. Quarterbacks will make up the majority of the highest paid NFL stars. MS Sportsbooks has all the latest odds on NFL games and punters can place a wager without getting sacked.
So, which players are the highest paid NFL stars for 2018? Some may surprise you.
*All figures are the average annual salary of each player
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB
Taken first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford has led the Detroit Lions to three postseasons. A one-time Pro Bowl player, Stafford is pulling down a healthy salary this season. The quarterback still has two years left on his current deal after 2018.
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers, QB
The one-time backup to New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo is now the San Francisco 49ers savior. The Pats traded Garoppolo to San Francisco midway through last season. Once installed as the 49ers quarterback, he showed just why he was so highly thought of in New England. Garoppolo started five games for the 49ers and won all of them to end the 2017 season.
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings, QB
Kirk Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2018 offseason. His arrival has led many to believe the Vikings could go all the way this season. Cousins offers the Vikings an experienced quarterback like they haven’t had in some time. A former 102nd NFL Draft pick, Cousins led the Washington Redskins to two postseason appearances. He is under contract for the next two seasons and will make a guaranteed $84m.
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB
Matt Ryan has done just about everything in the NFL except win the Super Bowl. He nearly did with the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI. Unfortunately for Ryan, his defense couldn’t stop the New England Patriots from making the comeback of all comebacks. Ryan did win the NFL Most Valuable Player award that same season, and he has appeared in four Pro Bowls.
1.Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is under contract until 2023. At 34, Rodgers may have seen his best years already. Despite getting older, Green Bay was willing to give him an enormous contract. Last season, Rodgers missed much of the year due to injury. The Packers missed the playoffs and without Rodgers on the field, it showed just how important he is to the team. A two-time NFL MVP, Rodgers led the Packers to Super Bowl XLV. There, Rodgers and company topped the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25. The Packers have invested a lot into the ageing quarterback and seem happy to continue paying him a large salary rather than exploring a younger option under center.