The second highest paid position in the NFL is actually the left offensive tackle at an average yearly salary of $5.5 million. Why so much? Because he has the job of protecting the blind side of the highest paid player in the NFL, the quarterback.
The Quarterback position is traditionally the highest paid player on the team. After the QB.... DB, Wide Outs, Linemen.
Franchise quarterbacks are often the highest-paid player on a team's roster, but since all NFL player contracts are individually negotiated, no one position is always the "highest paid."Actually the left tackle normally gets paid the same amount as a QB if not higher."The left tackle protects the QB's blind side" "Very important."
Jevon Kearse had the highest paid NFL salary in 2004
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.
Joe Thomas is the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. He is making $8.6M per year.
Here is a list for the top 15 highest paid NFL players for the 2010 season, with Peyton Manning on top. http://www.helium.com/items/1928642-highest-paid-nfl-players-of-2010