Quarterback is a vital as well as game-winning position in any professional sport. A quarterback is surrounded by cobwebs of responsibility and is under intense pressure. He has lots of expectations to fulfil that are saddled on his throwing arm.
A quarterback puts his hands under center and has a prominent role to play. Since the position is of utmost importance, so the quarterbacks are paid well in lieu of their efforts. Productive quarterbacks are the strength of their teams and earn tons of money that is worth their efforts.
Let’s have a look at the 10 highest paid and successful quarterbacks in NFL in 2017-2018
10. Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers is an illustrious franchisee star in San Diego. He has signed a six year contract with his team which is worth 91.8 million USD with 38.15 million USD guaranteed. He had a roller-coaster ride since he started playing for San Diego. He led the league in passing yards in the year 2010 and is a five times Pro Bowler. He had a disappointing season in 2011 and 2012 but returned back strongly in 2013 when he threw 32 touchdown passes with 4,478 yards through air. He was even bestowed with NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in the same year. He finished that year with an impressive 105.5 quarterback rating. He receives substantial amount as salary that is totally worth his productivity.
09. Tony Romo
Tony Romo is a quarterback of Cowboys Dallas. He was picked by Dallas whereby he signed a whooping contract with the team. He signed a 6 years contract with Dallas that is worth 108 million USD with 40 million USD guaranteed. Romo is known for his spontaneity and wise moves. He had four seasons with passing yards more than 4,000 and possesses a career passer rating of 95.8. He took his team to playoff victory through his considerable efforts. Cowboy owner, Jerry Jones considers Tony as valuable player for his team.
08. Drew Brees
Drew Brees is a valuable quarterback of New Orleans. He was picked by owner of New Orleans in 2012 NFL draft. Drew signed a whooping five years contract with the team that is worth 100 million USD with 40 million USD guaranteed. He is the winning quarterback and MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Drew is an eight-time Pro Bowler and has first-team All-Pro selection under his belt. Drew is an influential sport star with copious of followers. He has the record of having most number of games with at least 350 passing yards. Drew has lots pf endorsements and totally deserves the salary he receives.
07. Matthew Stafford
Mathew is an adept quarterback who has made several records. He is one of the most valuable players of NFL. He signed a three year contract with the Lions that is worth 53 million USD with 41.5 million USD guaranteed. He is one of the four quarterbacks in the history of NFL who have scored more than 5,000 yards in a season. He tied with Drew Brees for having most number of games with more than 350 passing yards. He is the fastest player to reach 16,000 passing yards.
06. Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is a productive quarterback of Falcons. He signed a five year contract worth 103.75 million USD with 42 million USD guaranteed. He is a veteran player of NFL who signed this hefty deal in the year 2013. He is the franchise leader in passing yards and has led his team to playoffs every season. He holds several records which include 32 touchdowns , 4,719 passing yards, and 422 completions in 2012.
05. Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford was the top pick of 2010 NFL draft. He signed a six years contract worth 78 million USD with 50 million USD guaranteed. His contract was the largest rookie contract of NFL history. However, despite receiving exorbitant salary, he has not lived up to the deal and has completed only two seasons. Sam has lots of potential and skills which he is yet to showcase.
04. Jay Cutler
Jay Culter was traded in by the Bears in the 2009 NFL draft. He signed a seven years deal worth 126.7 million USD with 54 million USD guaranteed. Cutler has given his best to take his team to the playoffs. He is an adept quarterback but has health issues. He has not played an entire season since 2009 due to injuries time and again. He is totally worth the amount he receives however, he has to project all his capabilities.
03. Aaron Rodgers
Roger is a three-time Pro Bowler who signed a whooping deal with Packers before 2013 season. His contract is worth 110 million USD with 54 million USD guaranteed for a period of five years. Before signing the deal, he already had a Super Bowl victory that made him worthy of the deal. He was named the MVP in the year 2011. With at least 1,500 passing attempts, he holds the highest regular season passer rating among quarterbacks.
02. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning is a bankable NFL quarterback who is worth every single penny of his salary. He signed a five years deal worth 96 million USD with 58 million USD guaranteed. He has a win under his belt and reached three Super Bowls in his career so far. He is a young and emerging player and if he continues to shatter the records, then he’ll surely reach the Pro Football Hall of fame post his retirement.
01. Colin Kaepernick
Colin is the highest paid and most valuable quarterback of NFL. He signed an amazing deal worth 126 million USD with 61 million USD as guarantee. His strategy and adeptness have made San Francisco 49ers to appear consecutively in the NFC Championships Game. He even secured a berth for his team in Super Bowl XLVII. He has amassed an incredible 21-8 overall record for his team. His team totally counts on him and he never lets them down.
Quarterback position is a high rewarding position. However, everyone cannot do justice to this spot. A quarterback is a game changer, teams might win or lose because of the quarterback. The role is full of expectations and responsibilities and thus the players are paid quite high in return of their efforts. These 10 quarterbacks are paid well which is definitely worth their skills and diligence.