USA Today has Published the top salaries in the National Football League, and some of the names, as a matter a fact, MOST of the names, should surprise you. Topping the list overall is a HUGE shock to me, as Pats DE Richard Seymour tops the list after making a whopping $24 million in 2006.
Saints QB Drew Brees is 2nd, and his 2006 season earned that. 3rd is Vikings OL Bryant McKinnie, the mammoth 6-foot-8, 343 pounder. 4th is another Vikings OL, Steve Hutchinson, who got a monster deal and took a lot of heat from moving from the Hawks to the Vikings last season.
Jeff Backus is 5th, making an unreal $16.2 million last year. Totally overpaid in my opinion. Two top QB’s are next – Carson Palmer and Tom Brady, which is not much of a shock. John Abraham is next at $15.5 million of the Falcons, with two offensive players at 9 & 10, Shaun Alexander of the Hawks and Reggie Wayne of the Colts rounding out the top 10 in the league.
1 Seymour, Richard $ 24,691,160 New England Patriots
2 Brees, Drew $ 22,000,000 New Orleans Saints
3 McKinnie, Bryant $ 17,500,000 Minnesota Vikings
4 Hutchinson, Steve $ 16,588,080 Minnesota Vikings
5 Backus, Jeff $ 16,252,310 Detroit Lions
6 Brady, Tom $ 16,004,840 New England Patriots
7 Palmer, Carson $ 15,750,000 Cincinnati Bengals
8 Abraham, John $ 15,503,300 Atlanta Falcons
9 Alexander, Shaun $ 15,125,000 Seattle Seahawks
10 Wayne, Reggie $ 15,100,440 Indianapolis Colts