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Published: March 13, 2012 at 03:17 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2012 at 02:40 p.m.

NFL's richest contracts

Drew Brees' new five-year, $100 million contract makes the New Orleans Saints quarterback the highest-paid player in the league. Here's is the current list of the NFL's 25 richest contracts ever signed in terms of yearly salary.

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  • 1. Drew Brees: $20M average salary (2012) 27

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    1. Drew Brees: $20M average salary (2012)

  • 2. Peyton Manning: $19.2M (2012) 26

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    2. Peyton Manning: $19.2M (2012)

  • 3. (tie) Tom Brady: $18M (2010) 25

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    3. (tie) Tom Brady: $18M (2010)

  • 3. (tie) Peyton Manning: $18M (2011) 24

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    3. (tie) Peyton Manning: $18M (2011)

  • 5. Julius Peppers: $16.7M (2009) 23

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    5. Julius Peppers: $16.7M (2009)

  • 6. Mario Williams $16.67M (2012) 22

    Tom DiPace/Associated Press

    6. Mario Williams $16.67M (2012)

  • 7. Eli Manning: $16.25M (2009) 21

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    7. Eli Manning: $16.25M (2009)

  • 8. Calvin Johnson: $16.21M (2012) 20

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    8. Calvin Johnson: $16.21M (2012)

  • 9. Carson Palmer: $16.17M (2005) 19

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    9. Carson Palmer: $16.17M (2005)

  • 10. Larry Fitzgerald: $16.14M (2011) 18

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    10. Larry Fitzgerald: $16.14M (2011)

  • 11. (tie) Michael Vick: $16M (2011) 17

    Brian Garfinkel/Associated Press

    11. (tie) Michael Vick: $16M (2011)

  • 11. (tie) Brett Favre: $16M (2010) 16

    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    11. (tie) Brett Favre: $16M (2010)

  • 13. Philip Rivers: $15.3M (2009) 15

    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    13. Philip Rivers: $15.3M (2009)

  • 14. Richard Seymour: $15M (2011) 14

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    14. Richard Seymour: $15M (2011)

  • 15. Donovan McNabb: $14.85M (2010) 13

    David Drapkin/Associated Press

    15. Donovan McNabb: $14.85M (2010)

  • 16. Jay Cutler: $14.67M (2009) 12

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    16. Jay Cutler: $14.67M (2009)

  • 17. Ben Roethlisberger: $14.66 (2008) 11

    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    17. Ben Roethlisberger: $14.66 (2008)

  • 18. Nnamdi Asomugha: $14.3M (2009) 10

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    18. Nnamdi Asomugha: $14.3M (2009)

  • 19. Adrian Peterson: $14.2M (2011) 9

    Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    19. Adrian Peterson: $14.2M (2011)

  • 20. (tie) Julius Peppers: $14M (2010) 8

    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    20. (tie) Julius Peppers: $14M (2010)

  • 20. (tie) Peyton Manning: $14M (2004) 7

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    20. (tie) Peyton Manning: $14M (2004)

  • 22. Chris Johnson: $13.494M (2011) 6

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    22. Chris Johnson: $13.494M (2011)

  • 23. Mark Sanchez: $13.491M (2012) 5

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    23. Mark Sanchez: $13.491M (2012)

  • 24. (tie) Sam Bradford: $13M (2010) 4

    Paul Jasienski/Associated Press

    24. (tie) Sam Bradford: $13M (2010)

  • 24. (tie) DeMarcus Ware: $13M (2009) 3

    David Drapkin/Associated Press

    24. (tie) DeMarcus Ware: $13M (2009)

  • 26. Richard Seymour: $12.975M (2010) 2

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    26. Richard Seymour: $12.975M (2010)

  • 27. Aaron Rodgers: $12.7M (2008) 1

    Gary A. Vasquez/NFL

    27. Aaron Rodgers: $12.7M (2008)

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