Top 15 NFLers Who Don't Make As Much As You Think

One could not be blamed for having a perception that every National Football League player makes a fortune per the terms of their contracts. Not a NFL offseason goes by, after all, without stories about players signing massive deals being leaked by teams and by the press. Diehard followers of the NFL are aware that monetary values are not guaranteed to players unlike what occurs in leagues such as Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. With that said, it would be understandable that somebody who has a standard 9-5 office job would feel jealousy toward anybody signed to a NFL team.

Anybody who is part of a NFL roster obviously should not be hurting for cash during his playing days. Still, you may be surprised to find out how much – or how little – certain NFL players make during a year. While the current league minimum guarantees that a player will take home hundreds of thousands of dollars so long as he is signed up through an entire season, there are a plethora of players who fail to make a million dollars in a year. Many of those guys will be looking for other work once their careers end due to the fact that they never emerged as stars in the most popular sport in the United States.

There are a variety of reasons why some NFLers don't make as much you think. Those who were selected in a later round of a particular NFL Draft are only guaranteed so much money until they prove that they can routinely produce for a team. Others may see their pay reduced because of their ages or because of the fact that they are no longer the players that they were while in their physical primes. Regardless of the numbers featured in this piece, you probably should not feel too sorry for any of the players mentioned. They are, after all, paid well to play a game.

All contract values per Spotrac

14 Tyler Eifert 

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13 La'el Collins 

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12 Danny Amendola 

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

11 Charcandrick West 

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

10 Tyrod Taylor 

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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

9 Chris Ivory 

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8 Kirk Cousins 

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7 Marcus Peters 

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

6 Doug Martin 

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5 Gary Barnidge 

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4 Johnny Manziel 

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

3 Odell Beckham Jr. 

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2 Colin Kaepernick 

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1 Kroy Biermann 

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Those who are not avid followers of the NFL may be familiar with Kroy Biermann thanks to reality television programs. To pro football fans, Biermann is a defensive end who has featured for the Atlanta Falcons. Biermann was on a rather unspectacular deal compared to what he made in previous seasons. The 30-year-old was signed to a one-year deal worth a total of $1.925 million. Only $500,000 of that contract was initially guaranteed to Biermann. Biermann is set to enter free agency in March 2016. Whether or not the Falcons will once again bring him back as the club did in 2015 is not yet known.

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Top 15 NFLers Who Don't Make As Much As You Think