SBD/Issue 106/The Back of the Book

Money Players: The NFL’s Top Earners At Each Position

NFL players designated as a franchise player by their team are given a one-year offer at the average of the top five players at his position or a 20% pay increase, whichever is larger. Transition players are tendered at the average of the top ten players at their position. With today being the deadline for teams to designate such players, the following presents the top five earners at each position in ’06, with earnings representing salary and prorated signing bonus (USA TODAY, 2/16).

TOP-PAID NFL PLAYERS BY POSITION FOR '06
QB
TEAM
SALARY
RB
TEAM
SALARY
Tom Brady
Patriots
$13.8M
Edgerrin James
Cardinals
$9.5M
Michael Vick
Falcons
$13.1M
Tiki Barber
Giants
$7.2M
Carson Palmer
Bengals
$13.0M
LaDanian Tomlinson
Chargers
$6.3M
Brett Favre
Packers
$12.6M
LaMont Jordan
Raiders
$6.0M
Peyton Manning
Colts
$10.6M
Shaun Alexander
Seahawks
$5.9M
Franchise Tag
$12.6M
Franchise Tag
$7.0M
Transition Tag
$10.2M
Transition Tag
$6.0M

WR
TEAM
SALARY
TE
TEAM
SALARY
Randy Moss
Raiders
$9.5M
Tony Gonzalez
Chiefs
$5.4M
Torry Holt
Rams
$7.3M
Antonio Gates
Chargers
$4.9M
Andre Johnson
Texans
$7.2M
Jeremy Shockey
Giants
$4.2M
Rod Smith
Broncos
$7.1M
Alge Crumpler
Falcons
$4.0M
Laveranues Coles
Jets
$7.0M
Kyle Brady
Jaguars
$3.3M
Franchise Tag
$7.6M
Franchise Tag
$4.4M
Transition Tag
$7.0M
Transition Tag
$3.6M

OL
TEAM
SALARY
DE
TEAM
SALARY
Jonathan Ogden
Ravens
$10.6M
Jason Taylor
Dolphins
$9.5M
Olin Kreutz
Bears
$10.2M
Simeon Rice
Buccaneers
$9.2M
Leonard Davis
Cardinals
$9.9M
Richard Seymour
Patriots
$9.0M
Steve Hutchinson
Vikings
$8.6M
Bryant Young
49ers
$7.9M
Bryant McKinnie
Vikings
$8.5M
Darren Howard
Eagles
$7.7M
Franchise Tag
$9.6M
Franchise Tag
$8.6M
Transition Tag
$8.3M
Transition Tag
$7.7M

DT
TEAM
SALARY
LB
TEAM
SALARY
Dewayne Robertson
Jets
$9.4M
Ray Lewis
Ravens
$8.4M
John Henderson
Jaguars
$6.8M
Zach Thomas
Dolphins
$7.3M
Jamal Williams
Chargers
$6.7M
Keith Bulluck
Titans
$7.1M
Warren Sapp
Raiders
$6.0M
Derrick Brooks
Buccaneers
$6.9M
Ryan Pickett
Packers
$5.0M
Takeo Spikes
Bills
$6.3M
Franchise Tag
$6.8M
Franchise Tag
$7.2M
Transition Tag
$5.6M
Transition Tag
$6.5M

CB
TEAM
SALARY
SAFETY
TEAM
SALARY
Champ Bailey
Broncos
$9.0M
Brian Dawkins
Eagles
$5.2M
Chris McAlister
Ravens
$8.4M
Roy Williams
Cowboys
$4.6M
Charles Woodson
Packers
$7.3M
Marlon McCree
Chargers
$4.6M
Nate Clements
Bills
$7.2M
Sean Taylor
Redskins
$4.2M
Quentin Jammer
Chargers
$7.1M
Tony Parrish
Cowboys
$3.8M
Franchise Tag
$7.8M
Franchise Tag
$4.5M
Transition Tag
$6.8M
Transition Tag
$4.0M

PUNTER/KICKER
TEAM
SALARY
Olindo Mare
Dolphins
$2.3M
David Akers
Eagles
$2.1M
Jason Elam
Broncos
$2.1M
John Hall
Redskins
$2.0M
Craig Hentrich
Titans
$1.9M
Franchise Tag
$2.1M
Transition Tag
$1.9M

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