How much do NFL players earn?

The average NFL career lasts about three seasons

NFL players are guaranteed six-figure salaries for as long as they remain in the league, but only top stars are typically able to build generational wealth on the gridiron.

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The average NFL career lasts about three seasons, according to the NFL Players Association. For most players, three seasons isn’t enough to build a lifetime fortune, but it can provide a nice boost to their bank accounts.

NFL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, EXPLAINED

The NFL’s minimum salary for first-year undrafted players in the 2020 season will be $510,000 under the league’s current collective bargaining agreement. If NFL players vote to approve a new pending labor deal, that number would rise to $610,000.

WHEN DOES NFL FREE AGENCY START?

At present, the highest-paid NFL player based on average annual salary is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He earns an average of $35 million per season under his current contract.

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For drafted players, salaries are determined by the NFL’s rookie compensation scale. For the 2020 season, rookie contracts will range in size from an estimated $36.6 million over four years for the first overall pick in the draft to an estimated $2.6 million over the same stretch for the final pick, according to Spotrac.

Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is the top-earning player in NFL history. The two-time Super Bowl champion, who retired after the 2019 season, earned more than $252 million in salary during his career.

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