NFL players who have earned big paydays this offseason

Identifying players who may be able to reshape their respective markets in the coming months.

The NFL offseason of 2022 was one of the most memorable in recent memory. The quarterback carousel was spinning fast before Deshaun Watson slowed it down with his guaranteed $230 million deal, we saw a total reset of the wide receiver market.

which players like Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown, and Christian Kirk benefited from, and of course, Tom Brady retired, unretired, and now retired again.

As happens every offseason, multiple players at various positions are set to reset the market with record-breaking extensions. We’ll go over 10 NFL players who made big bucks this offseason in the list below.

QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Joey Franchise didn’t make it back to the Super Bowl this year, but he’ll feel like he did when he signs a new contract at some point. This could happen during the offseason.

Burrow and the Bengals are reportedly preparing for a massive contract extension. In terms of AAV, the former No. 1 overall pick is on track to become the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the highest-paid quarterback in terms of AAV, according to Over The Cap, with $50.27M.

According to Jones, this extension will not be a fully guaranteed deal like Watson’s with the Cleveland Browns. He advises looking for a more traditional deal.

This season, Burrow was second in the NFL in completion percentage (68.3%), fifth in passing yards (4,475), and second in passing touchdowns (35). He’s established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and is well worth the investment.

QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Herbert is another young quarterback who has proven to be a star, but many expect him to make a Burrow-like leap in 2023. Perhaps it will come with the arrival of new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Herbert finished second in passing yards (4,739) and third in completion percentage (68.2%) this season, going 10-7 and making his first playoff appearance. He is a legitimate starting quarterback, and the Chargers want to keep him for the foreseeable future.

Herbert has the most passing yards in three seasons (14,089) and the second-most passing touchdowns in three seasons (94), trailing only Dan Marino’s 98.

QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles went 14-1 with Hurts under center this season, and 0-2 without him. There were conversations last offseason if Hurts was really a franchise quarterback. Philly made the right decision by not being too hasty and ditching him for someone like Watson.

Hurts threw for 3,701 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games played, and also rushed for 760 yards and a whopping 13 touchdowns. Those 13 rushing scores are the second-most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history behind Cam Newton.

Hurts is a big reason why the Eagles have found themselves in Super Bowl LVII, and he’s going to get a big-time extension. He may be the favorite to win MVP next year.

QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Jackson will be paid this offseason one way or another. Our best guess is that Jackson will be franchised by the Ravens.

Most likely, the exclusive franchise designation will be used. The exclusive tag has been applied to quarterbacks four of the last five times they have been designated as franchise players.

This means that other teams will be unable to negotiate with the player. The Ravens want to keep the 2019 MVP in Baltimore for many years to come. We’ll have to wait and see if that happens. If they do not want to make a long-term commitment to Jackson, another team will.

WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

The wide receiver market exploded last offseason, and another player has the potential to blow it open again. Jefferson has been nominated for Offensive Player of the Year.

He led the NFL in catches (128), receiving yards (1,809), and receiving touchdowns (tied for 11th) (8). Those 1,809 receiving yards rank sixth among receivers in a single season.

The 4,825 receiving yards Jefferson has amassed are the most in NFL history for a player’s first three seasons. Not only that, but he has the most receiving yards in the NFL since his debut in 2020!

DE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

Over the last two seasons, Bosa has been an absolute beast. He led the NFL with 18.5 quarterback takedowns this season after recording 15.5 sacks in 2021.

In four seasons, the former No. 2 overall pick has been named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, an All-Pro, and has been invited to three Pro Bowls. Bosa led the league in QB hits with 48 and was tied for second in tackles for loss with 19. He’ll be compensated.

DE Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers

What do the Panthers think of Burns? They allegedly declined a trade offer from the Los Angeles Rams that included at least two first-round picks! After recording nine sacks in both 2020 and 2021, the former No. 16 overall pick has emerged as a legitimate star, recording a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2022.

He’s been named to two straight Pro Bowls and is regarded as a cornerstone by Carolina’s front office, with his best football still ahead of him. As CBS Sports cap expert Joel Corry pointed out on Twitter back in October, if two first-round picks aren’t enough for Burns, he’ll have to argue that he’s valuable enough to become the NFL’s highest-paid pass rusher.

DT Jeffery Simmons, Tennessee Titans

Simmons is a top-three defensive tackle in the NFL, trailing only Aaron Donald and Chris Jones. He had 54 combined tackles, 8.5 sacks, 16 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss, and six passes defended in 2021. Simmons was named Second Team All-Pro and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. There were times when he was able to completely dominate games.

The former No. 19 overall pick had three sacks in Tennessee’s playoff loss to Cincinnati, as well as three in the first half against the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams. On “Monday Night Football” in Week 6, Simmons made a game-saving goal-line tackle against the Buffalo Bills.

Simmons battled through an ankle injury in 2022, but still tied a career-high with 54 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks and seven passes defended in 15 games. Simmons is going to get paid soon, but it remains to be seen which team will shell out the dollars.

LT Orlando Brown Jr., Kansas City Chiefs

Brown was franchised after failing to sign a contract extension with the Chiefs during the offseason. It was previously reported that the final offer extended was a six-year contract with a total salary of $139 million and a signing bonus of $30.25 million. However, the deal’s structure reportedly made it more like a five-year, $95 million contract, making Brown the NFL’s sixth-highest paid tackle.

This year, Brown was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl. He can command a sizable salary as a 26-year-old playing a premier position.

DT Quinnen Williams, New York Jets

Last month, Williams stated that he wants to sign a contract extension before the offseason program begins.

The former No. 3 overall pick is under contract next year due to a fifth-year option, but the Jets are likely to want to lock down Williams for the long term, especially given what he accomplished in 2022. Williams had a career-high 12 sacks, a career-high 55 combined tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 28 QB hits in 16 games played.

He was a force on the interior, earning All-Pro honors and his first Pro Bowl invitation.