There are NFL stars who are being grossly underpaid for the performances they are giving their respective teams. While this isn’t uncommon in professional sports, it doesn’t mean these players don’t deserve to be paid based on their performances.
The NFL has rigged the system and teams will try to use it to their advantage while many of the stars don’t have a lot of power to increase their earning potential.
The players most deserving of a huge contact extension often fall into a few categories. There are either young players who haven’t played enough years to renegotiate, star players in the final year of their contracts, a star player who has been given the franchise tag or, in some instances, a player who has a long-term contract, but is still underpaid.
Salary figures used are from overthecap.com unless otherwise specified.