Super Bowl LIV: Highest-paid players on Chiefs, 49ers

NFL stars earning big bucks

When the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meet in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2, the highest-paid players on the field won’t include the NFL’s reigning most valuable player.

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While Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes won the NFL MVP honors for the 2018 season, he is still playing on his rookie contract. As a result, the star of Kansas City’s offense took home less than $2 million in cash for the 2019 season, which is a total that didn’t crack the top 10 among Chiefs players, according to Spotrac.

Mahomes’ counterpart, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, ranked third among his team’s highest-paid players for the 2019 season. The two highest-paid players on both the 49ers and the Chiefs play on the defensive side of the ball.

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The 49ers spent $221 million on their roster for the 2019 season, more than any other NFL team. The Chiefs spent $167 million, the least of any team in the league.

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The highest-paid players in Super Bowl LIV can be viewed below. Players are ranked by team and by their total 2019 cash earnings, including base salary and bonuses, as calculated by Spotrac.

Kansas City Chiefs

Frank Clark, defensive end:  $17.8 million.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark celebrates a sack in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship on Jan. 19 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tyrann Mathieu, safety: $15.8 million.

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game on Jan. 19 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Mitchell Schwartz, offensive tackle: $12.5 million.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz before an AFC West game on Dec. 29 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa, defensive end: $22.9 million

Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers runs onto the field prior to the start of the NFC Championship game at Levi's Stadium on Jan. 19 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Dee Ford, defensive end: $20.8 million.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford celebrates during the National Football League on Oct. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback: $18.6 million.

Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers warms up at Levi's Stadium on Jan. 19 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)