The NFL is built—and stays atop the North American sports landscape—largely because of the names on the back of the jerseys. Rightfully so, those star players are paid richly for their stature within the game.
Organizations can only afford so many big names, however, as the bulk of rosters are comprised of younger and cheaper contributors. It is when those particular players outplay their salaries that teams receive a massive return on their investments.
The new collective bargaining agreement helped assure that rookies would have to earn their keep, rather than being paid on promise—and the teams have benefitted significantly.
Here is a list of contracts for each NFL team that possess the most value.
*All salary information via Spotrac.com
*Some figures are rounded up or down for concision
*Figures are the total cap hit
*Salary rankings are for the 2013 season