Top 10 Most Expensive NFL Contracts 2016
There is one contract that, while arguably the most valuable, could also prove to be the most expensive in the NFL.
The 2017 salary cap has more than doubled in the last few years, and the most-expensive contract is the $32 million extension that will keep the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on the roster for at least the 2018 season.
Jones is a restricted free agent and is set to become a free agent next week, so the Falcons have plenty of cap room to pay him.
The Falcons have spent more than $100 million on the contract in recent years, with Jones having been the top target in the franchise’s cap space.
They are set to make a combined $30.9 million this season and next year, according to ESPN.
Jones signed his extension with a $32.4 million signing bonus.
The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement also allows the league to sign one player to a contract that pays more than the minimum salary.
That player must then make the team pay more for him than the league would have had to pay had the player signed the contract.
The Falcons signed the five-year, $50 million contract with Jones last year.
The $20 million signing penalty is what keeps the salary cap so high, but it is still a good deal for the Falcons.
Jones has been the team’s best receiver this season with the Falcons having a whopping 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
The only other receiver with at least 20 catches for over 1,000 yards this season was Odell Beckham Jr. with 18.
The other receiver in the top 10 of most expensive contracts is Martavis Bryant.
The Rams wide receiver signed a $35 million deal in 2016 with the hopes of playing in the Super Bowl, but he played just one game before he suffered a broken foot and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The Saints are set at $20.4M next year with Bryant set to be a restricted player next week.
The Browns have $36.3 million in cap space and have only one player under contract.
They have just three players under contract this season, which includes tight end Garrett Graham and guard Kyle Long.
Graham signed a five-years, $47 million contract last year with the Browns, who then signed him to a four-year extension this offseason.
The Browns have only signed Graham once in the past four years.
Long signed a two-year deal with the Rams after being released by the Patriots in March.
He had six receptions for 88 yards in 2016, but was not a factor on offense.
The Bills are set for a $27.8 million cap next season with just three contracts.
The Bills have three players over $10 million.
The two contracts are tight end Hunter Henry ($14.9M) and cornerback Darrelle Revis ($14M).
The Jaguars signed cornerback Jalen Ramsey to a two year deal last year for $10.8M, but they are set only for one year.
Ramsey has four interceptions in the first five games of his career.
The Titans signed safety Malik Jackson to a five year, $38.3M contract, which the team signed to end his career and pay him $14M in 2017.
Jackson has only played in five games this season.
The Texans signed cornerback Kareem Jackson to an eight-year contract last offseason, but the team has only signed him once this season due to injuries.
The team signed him as a free safety last year but he is set for one more season on the practice squad.
Jackson signed a one-year $2.1 million deal with Seattle this offseason, so he is only on the team for the season opener.
The Seahawks signed Jackson to their practice squad in the spring and have him in the mix for a roster spot this year.
Jackson is set at a cap of $8.3 M for the 2017 season.
He is set not to make more than three Pro Bowls this season because of the suspension.
The Jaguars have $9.3 Million in cap room, but have not signed Jackson this season for fear he would be too expensive to retain.
The Rams signed cornerback Tre Boston to a one year deal in January.
He has not played this season despite being signed to a long-term deal.
Boston signed a four year, one million dollar contract with the Bears last season.
Chicago is set only to have one player on the active roster this season: linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
The Raiders signed defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. to a seven-year franchise tag in 2018, but Oakland has not signed him.
The Raiders have $28.5 Million in salary cap space, and they have not released Edwards since last season due a roster crunch.