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32. Jason Peters, Eagles: $11,250,000
Jason Peters is one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL, and his 2017 salary reflects that. Peters, a 9x Pro Bowl selection, will earn a base salary of $3.0 million, plus a $8.0 million signing bonus, and a $250,000 workout bonus. Sadly, Peters was lost for the season when he torn his ACL and MCL in Week 7.
31. Drew Brees, Saints: $13,000,000
Since entering the NFL in 2001 as a second round pick of the San Diego Chargers, Drew Brees has earned $194,710,422 in his 17-year NFL career. Brees’ contract expires after the 2017 season and speculation has already begun that the team will look to move in a different direction from Brees who will be 39 in 2018.
30. Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers: $13,250,00
Gerald McCoy won’t enter free agency until 2022. Until then, he’s locked in a six-year, $95.2 million contract that includes a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Oklahoma graduate, who has been with the Bucs since he was drafted in the first round in 2010, has earned more than $84.61 million. By the time his current contract is up, those earnings will have skyrocketed to nearly $148.55 million.
29. Travis Frederick, Cowboys: $14,242,000
The Cowboys selected center Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Frederick anchors one of the best lines in the NFL, and was rewarded with a 6-year $56.4 extension when his rookie contract expired in 2016. Frederick is one of many offensive lineman who attended the University of Wisconsin.
28. Tyrod Taylor, Bills: $14,500,000
There was speculation early in the offseason that the Bills would part ways with Taylor. However, in the end, the two sides renegotiated his contract, saving the team more than $6 million in salary cap space this season. Only $1.0 million of his $30.5 million contract is guaranteed beyond the 2017 season. Taylor is now a member of the Cleveland Browns — where he’s competing with rookie Baker Mayfield for the starting job.