The NFL is full of talented and hard-working athletes, but only a handful can claim to be the richest player in the league. Who are they?
A quick search of the internet will reveal that there is no shortage of opinions on who the richest NFL player is. The list of contenders for this title is long and includes some of the biggest names in football, but there can only be one official answer.
To find out who the richest NFL player is, we consulted Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. This list includes all major sports and takes into account both salary and endorsements. In 2018, the top spot was taken by none other than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who earned a staggering $89.5 million dollars over the course of the year.
Trailing closely behind Wilson in second place is Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who brought in $85.5 million dollars. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady rounds out the top three with earnings of $79 million dollars. These three players are far ahead of the pack when it comes to earnings, but there are a few other notable names worth mentioning.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott comes in at fourth place with $54 million dollars, while Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes fifth place with $53.5 million dollars in earnings. Rounding out the top ten are Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff ($48.3 million), Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ($45.8 million), Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ($31 million), and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ($27 million).
As of September 2019, the richest NFL player is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has a net worth of $180 million. Brady is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in NFL history, having won six Super Bowls and five NFL MVP awards. He is also the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.
Drew Brees is the current richest NFL player with a net worth of $160 million. He is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and has been in the NFL for 20 years. He has won many awards, including the Super Bowl MVP, and has set numerous records.
Aaron Rodgers is an American football player who is currently the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He has been in the NFL since 2005 and is considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He has won many awards, including the Super Bowl MVP award in 2010. Rodgers is also the highest-paid player in NFL history, signing a 4-year extension with the Packers in 2018 that is worth $134 million.
Russell Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Wisconsin during the 2011 season, and was drafted by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In his second season, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record and a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII, where they defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win their first championship. As of 2019, Wilson has won more games than any other NFL quarterback in his first seven seasons. He also holds several franchise records for the Seahawks, including career passing yards and touchdowns.
So, who is the richest NFL player? That would be Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, who has a net worth of $160 million. That puts him ahead of second-place Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, who has a net worth of $150 million.