Big Ben Has Top NFL Paycheck: $27.7M

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger made $27.7 million this year
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 5:55 PM CST
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger makes $27.7 million this year.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the top-paid player in the NFL this year with a tidy $27.7 million, USA Today reports. Big Ben renegotiated his contract in the spring to include a base salary of $2.5 million plus $25.2 million in signing bonuses. Another QB in the top 4: The Raiders' young JaMarcus Russell with a total of $16.8 million.

The top paychecks this year, beyond Roethlisberger and Russell:

  • 2. DE Jared Allen, Minnesota, $21.1 million
  • 3. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, $17.1 million
  • 5. RB Michael Turner, Atlanta, $16 million
  • 6. G Chris Snee, Giants, $14.9 million
  • 7. CB Asante Samuel, Philadelphia, $ 14.1 million
  • 8. WR Randy Moss, New England $14 million
  • 9. T Flozell Adams, Dallas, $14 million
  • 10. DT Tommy Kelly, Oakland, $13,9 million
Click on the lick for the full list.