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25 Highest-Paid Players in This Year’s Super Bowl

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For NFL fans, it’s all been building to this. Super Bowl LIV is set for Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. On the off chance that you don’t have a ticket, TV coverage is on Fox. The San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, will take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who have Patrick Mahomes at the helm. Even though Mahomes is grabbing headlines across the country for engineering astounding come-from-behind post-season victories, he doesn’t even make the list of the highest-earning 25 players on the two combined teams. According to average yearly salaries from the 2019-20 season, according to Spotrac, these are the players who are making major money on their teams.

Last updated: Jan. 24, 2020

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Terrell Suggs: $5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $10 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Outside linebacker

Terrell Suggs signed a two-year deal worth $10 million with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. His contract includes a $4 million signing bonus and guarantees him $7 million, all of which was due at signing. He was then released in December 2019 and was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs. Now he gets a chance to play for a Super Bowl championship. Not bad for someone who was cut from a team.

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Kyle Juszczyk: $5.25 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $21 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Fullback

Kyle Juszczyk came to San Francisco from Baltimore in 2017, when he signed a four-year deal that takes him through the 2020 season. He enters free agency in 2021. His contract includes a $5 million signing bonus and he’s guaranteed $9.75 million, $7 million of which was due at signing.

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Laken Tomlinson: $5.5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $16.5 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Guard

Laken Tomlinson came to San Francisco from the Lions in 2018, but his new three-year contract didn’t start until the 2019 season. His $16.5 million deal includes a $5 million signing bonus and $10 million in total guaranteed money. More than $6.6 million was guaranteed at signing. The deal pays him through the 2021 season, and he enters unrestricted free agency the following year.

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Alex Okafor: $5.97 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $17.9 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Defensive end

In 2019, Alex Okafor signed a three-year contract, which includes a $6 million signing bonus, that takes him through the 2021 season before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022. The deal, however, gives him a potential out in 2020. It also guarantees him $11.51 million, $6.81 million of which was due at signing.

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Marquise Goodwin: $6.42 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $19.25 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Wide receiver

In 2018, Marquise Goodwin renegotiated his contract with the 49ers and signed a new three-year agreement that pays him through 2021. A $2.5 million signing bonus was part of the deal, as was $10.65 million in guaranteed money, $7.7 million of which came at the time the contract was signed.

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Jaquiski Tartt: $6.5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $13 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Free safety

The 49ers drafted Jaquiski Tartt in 2015 and he’s been in San Francisco ever since. In 2019 he signed a new two-year deal that pays him through next season. He enters unrestricted free agency in 2021. A $4.5 million signing bonus was included in the deal, which guaranteed him more than $5.52 million at signing and more than $8.52 million overall.

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Solomon Thomas: $7.04 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $28.15 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Defensive end

Next season, Solomon Thomas will enter the final year of the four-year contract he signed when San Francisco drafted him in 2017. In 2022, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. His base salary never topped six figures for all four years, but thanks to a massive $18.62 million signing bonus, he’s one of the highest-paid players on the team. Every penny of his entire $28.15 million contract is guaranteed — all at signing.

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Jerick McKinnon: $7.5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $30 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Running back

Drafted by the Vikings in 2014, Jerick McKinnon spent his early career in Minnesota before moving to San Francisco in 2018. That year, he signed a four-year deal that included a $2 million signing bonus and guaranteed him $18 million, $11.7 million of which was due at signing. Unfortunately, he has been dealing with injuries since 2018 instead of getting to play, but he is still among the highest-paid players on these two Super Bowl-bound teams. He’ll enter free agency again in 2022.

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Mitchell Schwartz: $8.15 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $24.46 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Right tackle

For Mitchell Schwartz, 2020 will be the second year of a three-year contract he signed in 2019. Not only does his contract come with an $11.25 million signing bonus, but he’s guaranteed $17.5 million, all of which was guaranteed at signing. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

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Nick Bosa: $8.39 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $33.55 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Defensive end

For Nick Bosa, the 2019 season was the first year of a four-year contract that includes a $22.42 million signing bonus — about two-thirds of his total earnings. His entire $33.55 million contract is guaranteed, all of which was guaranteed at the time he signed. His contract expires at the end of 2022 and he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2024.

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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: $8.47 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $42.36 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Guard

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s five-year deal could take him through 2022 before he becomes a free agent the following year. He has, however, the option of an out in 2020. His agreement includes a $10 million signing bonus and guarantees him more than $20.2 million, $14 million of which came due at signing.

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Anthony Hitchens: $9 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $45 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Inside linebacker

Just like Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Anthony Hitchens signed a five-year deal in 2018 and, also like his teammate at guard, the inside linebacker’s contract has a potential out in 2020. His agreement, however, comes with a $14 million signing bonus and $21.29 million guaranteed, all of which was guaranteed at signing.

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Richard Sherman: $9.05 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $27.15 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Cornerback

When Richard Sherman came to San Francisco from Seattle in 2018, he agreed to a three-year contract that includes a $3 million signing bonus and pays him through 2020. He enters unrestricted free agency in 2021. Of the $7 million he’s guaranteed, $3 million was due at signing.

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Travis Kelce: $9.37 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $46.84 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Tight end

A career Chief, Kansas City drafted Travis Kelce in 2013. In 2017, however, he renegotiated a new five-year deal that pays him through 2020 before he becomes a free agent the following year. A $10 million signing bonus was part of the deal and $10.52 million of the $20.02 million total he’s guaranteed was due at signing.

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Weston Richburg: $9.5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $47.5 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Center

Drafted by the Giants in 2014, Weston Richburg came to San Francisco from New York in 2018. That year, he agreed to a five-year deal that includes a $9.3 million signing bonus and pays him through 2022. There is, however, a potential out in 2021. He’s guaranteed $28.5 million overall, $16.5 million of which was due at signing.

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Emmanuel Sanders: $11 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $33 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Wide receiver

Emmanuel Sanders signed a three-year deal with the Denver Broncos, but the 49ers inherited that contract when they signed the receiver in 2019. This last season was the final year of that deal, which includes a $10.75 million signing bonus and guaranteed him $26.9 million with a full $20 million due at signing.

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Eric Fisher: $12 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $48 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Left tackle

A four-year contract started in 2018 for Eric Fisher, who was guaranteed $22 million in total, all of which was guaranteed at signing. He’s entering the third year of the deal, which includes a $12.75 million signing bonus. Although his base salary in 2020 will be $8.75 million, bonuses and restructure money will pad that number out to $9.25 million.

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Kwon Alexander: $13.5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $54 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Inside linebacker

Although the deal comes with a potential out in 2020, Kwon Alexander just wrapped up the first year of a four-year contract that he signed in 2019 after moving to San Francisco from Tampa Bay. He landed a $4 million signing bonus and is guaranteed $25.5 million, including $14.25 million guaranteed at signing. He’ll enter unrestricted free agency in 2023.

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Tyrann Mathieu: $14 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $42 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Free safety

Tyrann Mathieu came to Kansas City from Houston in 2019, when he signed a three-year deal that came with a $14.8 million signing bonus. Every single penny of the $26.8 million his contract guarantees him was due at signing. He has a potential out in 2021, the final year of his contract, before he becomes a free agent in 2022.

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Joe Staley: $14 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $28 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Left tackle

Twelve-year veteran Joe Staley is a career 49er who has been in San Francisco since he was drafted in 2007. Most recently, he signed a two-year contract that carries him through the 2021 season. It includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and guarantees him $9.05 million, all of which was due at signing.

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Sammy Watkins: $16 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $48 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Wide receiver

Sammy Watkins signed a three-year contract with the Chiefs after stints with the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams. Next season will be the last year of the deal, although he has a potential out in 2020. His contract guaranteed him $30 million — all due at signing — and awarded him a $21 million signing bonus.

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Dee Ford: $17.1 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $85.5 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Outside linebacker

The season that just passed was the first year of a five-year deal Dee Ford signed with San Francisco in 2019. He has a potential out in 2021 and becomes a free agent in 2024. Ford, who oddly enough was traded from Kansas City, landed an $8 million signing bonus and is guaranteed $33.35 million — $19.75 million was due at signing.

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Tyreek Hill: $18 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $54 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Wide receiver

Tyreek Hill signed a three-year contract worth $54 million that takes him through 2022 until he becomes a free agent in 2023. The deal included a $5.8 million signing bonus. He was guaranteed $22.54 million at signing and $35 million overall. Although his 2020 base salary will be a paltry $820,000, a slew of bonuses, including a $15.2 million roster bonus, will bump him up to $16.2 million for the year.

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Frank Clark: $20.8 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $104 million
  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Defensive end

Frank Clark’s nine-figure contract includes a $19 million signing bonus. The five-year deal, which ends in 2024 when he enters free agency, includes $43.81 million guaranteed at signing and $62.31 million guaranteed overall. His base salary for 2020 will be $17 million, but when the bonuses are tallied, he’ll have earned $27 million on the year.

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Jimmy Garoppolo: $27.5 Million per Year

  • Overall contract: $137.5 million
  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Quarterback

The highest-paid player on either team is 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who inked a five-year deal worth $137.5 million, including a $7 million signing bonus. He’s guaranteed $74.1 million, $41.7 million of which was due at signing. So far, he’s earned every dollar. He’s helped to turn the team around and could be leading them to their record-tying sixth Super Bowl victory.

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