NFL players get up and go to work for the same reason as the rest of us—to make money.
Fans like to think that love of the game or the fame is enough. They're fooling themselves.
Whether through endorsements or salary, everybody is trying to get paid. However, the guys on this list haven't stopped at simply making a living. They took it to the next level.
Click through to see who is the fattest cat on each team.
Santana Moss does not make the most annually on the Washington Redskins. That award goes to Trent Williams.
However, he is on his third contract.
Game, set, match.
Call this one a gut feeling.
Haloti Ngata brought in a smooth $37 million last year due to a gargantuan signing bonus.
Assuming he isn't completely frivolous with his cash, he has the highest net worth.
Conventional knowledge would lead one to assume it is Steve Smith. However, Smith isn't the only one who just got a fat contract.
Charles Johnson notched an incredible $34.4 million in the last 12 months.
It just wasn't enough to top the stalwart wide receiver's career earnings.
The Buffalo Bills have lacked star power for years.
Enter Mario Williams.
He nabbed a No. 1-overall salary in 2006 and a $100 million contract in 2012.
Williams is doing just fine.
Eli Manning found an excellent formula for financial success.
Step one: play for the New York Giants.
Step two: win a Super Bowl.
Step three: repeat steps one and two.
Ben Roethlisberger followed the Eli plan. He might have done it first, but he didn't do it as well.
You know, in a manner that maximizes endorsements.
A few months ago, this would have been Asante Samuel. A couple years from now, this will probably be Michael Vick.
Today, it's Nnamdi Asomugha.
Richard Seymour doesn't rake in the endorsement dollars, but neither do many of his teammates.
His three Super Bowl rings gave him the leverage to ink the biggest contract for a defensive player (at the time) in 2011.
Dude is paid.
Joe Thomas has a rough time looking at the scoreboard. It's tough to blame him.
Here's betting he smiles more when he sees his paycheck.
A theme has developed throughout this article: It's good to be the first-overall pick.
Jake Long cashed in and will be looking for another payday after this season.
He's surely going back to the bank.
Peyton Manning used to run the Indianapolis Colts.
Notice that sentence is in the past tense.
Dwight Freeney is finishing a $72 million contract. He's doing just fine.
Few positions make as much money as quarterback.
One of those is the cornerback.
Charles Woodson has been an elite corner since entering the league 13 years ago. He's been banking the appropriate paycheck during that period as well.
Andre Johnson started winning at the University of Miami.
After taking home a national championship, he was selected No. 3 overall.
Ever since, he's been cashing the checks of a champ.
The Seattle Seahawks are a team devoid of veterans.
That makes their 2010 first rounder the richest guy on the team.
Way to be Russell Okung.
The Cincinnati Bengals have also been big on the youth movement.
Yet, they have a resident rich guy.
Meet Nate Clements. He's been a premier cornerback for the last decade.
No wonder both these guys are cheesing. They've got over a 100 million reasons between them to smile.
Julius Peppers brought in almost $35 million in 2010 alone. His contract ensures he'll be in a good mood for quite awhile.
If the Jacksonville Jaguars' fat cat was anyone but Maurice Jones-Drew, the injustice would have been more than the sports world could possible bear.
The rugged running back has been the most reliable Jaguar in the franchise's history. He deserves the honor.
Ronde Barber takes this position by default. There simply isn't anyone else who has been around that long.
Additionally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't known for spending.
He's fought off franchise tags and agreed to deals with three different teams. As was said previously, cornerback is one the few positions that can pull off a quarterback move.