Who is the highest-paid player in Philadelphia Eagles history?

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Who is the highest-paid player in Eagles history? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles saved themselves quite a bit of money this offseason.

Through the cost-saving measure of addition by subtraction, the Eagles rid themselves of two players with the highest price tags in franchise history: Carson Wentz and Jason Peters. They’ll no longer be cashing checks issued by the Eagles, but they’ve already banked more money than nearly every other player to put on the uniform. 

Here are the Eagles’ five highest paid players in franchise history, based on career earnings while with the team (per Spotrac). 

5. Lane Johnson -- $71,526,625

Lane Johnson once signed the richest contract for an offensive lineman in NFL history. 

That was back in 2019 when he agreed to a four-year extension worth $72 million, the highest O-line salary on a per-year basis. That now belongs to the San Francisco 49ers’ Trent Williams. But Johnson, the Eagles’ 2013 first-round pick, has done quite well for himself financially with career earnings of $71,526,625 over his first eight seasons. A bulk of that has come via three signing bonuses that total over $23 million.

Johnson soon will receive a big raise in base salary, going from $1.05 million in 2020 to $9.565 million in 2021.  

4. Donovan McNabb -- $76,064,735

When Donovan McNabb and the Eagles parted ways in 2010, the quarterback was the highest-paid player in team history at the time. 

In 11 seasons with the Eagles, McNabb earned over $40 million in base salary and nearly $25 million in signing bonuses, adding to his career earnings of $76,064,735 while with the team. It was money well spent for a player who was drafted No. 2 in 1999 and went on to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl in 24 years and become the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (32,873) and touchdowns (216).

But he’s not the highest-paid Eagles quarterback.

3. Carson Wentz -- $79,059,339

Dead money is better than money poorly spent. 

That was the decision the Eagles made when they traded former No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in February, less than two years after signing the former Pro Bowl quarterback to a four-year, $128 million deal (including $107 million guaranteed, an NFL record). The Eagles no longer had to pay Wentz another dime, but by trading him, they were left with a $33.8 million dollar dead-cap hit, the largest in NFL history.

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After five seasons in Philadelphia, the 28-year-old Wentz left as the highest-paid quarterback in team history with career earnings of $79,059,339. We’ll soon learn if the Colts end up having buyer’s remorse.

2. Fletcher Cox -- $85,890,246

Fletcher Cox is the highest-paid active Eagle, and he could take the top spot overall in the 2022 season if he remains with the team.

Through nine seasons with the Eagles, the No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has been paid $85,890,246 by the team. The 30-year-old has two years remaining on the six-year, $102 million contract he signed in 2017, a deal that included $63 million in guaranteed money, which at the time was an NFL record for a non-quarterback.

Cox’s production has slipped since recording 10.5 sacks during his first-team All-Pro season in 2018. But he still seems to be part of the team’s plans (and the Eagles did just draft his cousin), so Cox will keep adding to his earnings and possibly become the richest Eagle of all.

1. Jason Peters -- $104,114,598

Jason Peters went from going undrafted in 2004 to becoming the only $100 million man in Eagles history. 

After being traded to the Eagles from Buffalo in 2009, the left tackle signed a four-year, $51.4 million extension. He’d spend the next 12 seasons in Philadelphia, re-signing last year to play guard, and would earn a grand total of $104,114,598.

The pay days may have come to an end for the nine-time Pro Bowler, at least with the Eagles. At 39 years old, and having played 17 years in the league, he remains a free agent.