5 NFL Players Who Will Sign $100 Million Contracts in the Next 10 Years

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5 NFL Players Who Will Sign $100 Million Contracts in the Next 10 Years
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When Brett Favre signed the first $100 million contract in NFL history in 2001, it set off a rare number of football stars who would go on to cash in the $100 million range over the next decade.

As of the current moment in 2011, there are four players who are officially under a contract that totals at least $100 mil over the life of the deal. Those players would be Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger.

All four are offensive superstars and three of them are quarterbacks.

Let's just say you won't be seeing any defensive players on this list.

There are several other players who are close to that figure. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both have similar deals where they are both making $18 million a year over the course of five years for a total of $90 million.

Phillip Rivers signed a deal awhile back that pays him $98.25 million over the course of seven years.

Adrian Peterson also signed a deal, which happened to occur just last month, that will see him make $96 million over the next seven years.

As far as I know, DE Julius Peppers is currently the highest-paid defensive player in the league when it pertains to his total contract earnings. He's supposed to earn $84 million over the life of his contract.

When it comes to predicting which players will sign $100 million contracts over the next 10 years, there is no exact science to it. The best you can do is look at a player's value to a team, his age and prior history when it pertains to contracts of this value.

Prior history shows that players who do get these contracts tend to be quarterbacks. If he's not a quarterback, chances are he's the best wide receiver or running back in the league.

Here are five players who should sign $100 million contracts in the next 10 years.

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