According to USA Today, the highest paid defensive player in 2009 was Kelvin Hayden, cornerback for the Colts, who earned $17,480,000. Julius Peppers, defensive end for the Panthers, earned $16,683,000. Chris Long, defensive end for the Rams, earned $16,592,280.
Terrell Suggs from the Baltimore Ravens was the highest paid linebacker in the NFL. He signed a 6-year, 62.5 million dollar contract with a 33.1 million dollar bonus.
Here is a list for the top 15 highest paid NFL players for the 2010 season, with Peyton Manning on top.
Albert Haynesworth formerly of the Tennessee Titans, now of the Washington Redskins.
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.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison won the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Albert Hayneswoth who was with the Washington Redskins with a total of $100 million with $57 million guranteed!
Bob Sanders and Ed Reed they have 6 year 42 million dollar contract
They are paid the most in the NFL because they are the most sucesssful team in the NFL and they are awesome.