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Athletes nowadays make an insane amount of money for the jobs that they perform. Let's take a look at the highest salaried earners in the NFL.
QB - TOM BRADY - 31.3 MILLION
One of the greatest to ever play the game. Brady would be higher on this list had he not taken a paycut.
QB - JOE FLACCO - 35.9 MILLION
Probably the least talented of all major earners on this list, Joe Flacco still has a winning pedigree. He declined a contract extension in the 2012 offseason and decided to play for his new contract. The Ravens won the Super Bowl and he got paid like a Super Bowl leader. Baltimore will probably regret this contract in a few years, but they're still flying high.
QB - DREW BREES - 40 MILLION
Drew Brees, quarterback for the Saints, probably isn't upset that he placed second on the list of highest paid professional athletes. At 40 million dollars his contract, along with his skills throwing a football, is truly out of this world.
QB - AARON RODGERS - 43 MILLION
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, makes the most annually for his record breaking 43 million dollar contract. Thanks to his leadership abilities the Packers have turned in to perennial Super Bowl contenders. Money well spent, some would argue.
Interestingly, these top 4 make up the top 5 highest earners across all professional sports.