Wide Receiver - Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys ($100m) The Cowboys have managed to get the most out of Amari Cooper In March, the Cowboys secured another of their top playmakers for the long-term with a five-year deal for Cooper. Since joining Dallas from the Raiders, Cooper has improved his yards-per-game and yards-per-catch averages, his touchdown rate and simply looked a better player. Michael Thomas and Odell Beckham fall narrowly behind with $96.3m and $90m, respectively.
The latest But receiving is obviously his bread and butter. Since 2016, the only players with more receiving yards than Kelce are Atlanta’s Julio Jones ($22 million annually), New Orleans’s Michael Thomas ($19 million annually), Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins ($16 million annually), and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans ($16.5 million annually). Kelce has long been one of the best receivers in football, but because he is technically a tight end, he was paid about half of what his true peers are making.
Thursday was finally the day San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle got his contract extension. He wasn’t the only star tight end to get paid, however. We first learned in February that the Chiefs could extend Kelce after George Kittle agreed to a new contract.