According to Sports Illustrated, in the NFL for the 2008 season that would be Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts who has a salary hit against the salary cap of $18,700,000. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is second at $14,626,720.
The highest paid quarter back is J.J Watts. He is a well known football player.
Carson Palmer, he gets 16.16M/year
Peyton Manning, whose salary with incentives is estimated at around $23 million.
The highest "base" salary (without incentives) is Mark Sanchez at $14,750,000.
LaDainian Tomlinson is the highest paid running back in the NFL as of the 2004 season. He is paid $5.5 million, and is expected to be paid $6.5 in 2005.
Yes, Mike Vick is no longer available for the Quaterback because he re-aggravated his injury in the NFL.
They are paid the most in the NFL because they are the most sucesssful team in the NFL and they are awesome.