10 Best-Paid NFL Players Who Never Played in the Playoffs
In order to make it big in the highly competitive world of the NFL, players need to show exceptional performance both during the main season and during the playoffs, assuming that they make it that far.
As a matter of fact, there are numerous skilled NFL players out there that never even made it past the regular season, but since the spotlight is usually on those that end up winning the Super Bowl, we don’t really know much about the salaries of these slightly less fortunate players. This is why we decided to create a top 10 regarding the highest-paid NFL players who never made it to the postseason.
Reshad Jones, S, Miami Dolphins – $7.34 Million
Reshad Jones is not exactly the most famous player in the NFL, mainly because he is playing for a not-so-well-known team – the Miami Dolphins. Nonetheless, his extraordinary performance enabled him to bag a $29.36 million contract after finishing his first year, which only encouraged him to play even better. Maybe he will even inspire the Dolphins all the way to the playoffs sometimes, who knows?
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars – $7.5 Million
Paul Posluszny used to be a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, and even though he performed decently during his time with the team, he was eventually sold to the Jacksonville Jaguars for $42 million. He’s not exactly the best player in the team but he is not disappointing anyone just yet either .His annual salary of $7.5 million is proof of that.
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams – $8.3 Million
James Laurinaits started off his career with the St. Louis Rams in 2009, and he has been performing better and better as the years went by. He is the son of Animal from the Road Warriors in the WWE, and so he is definitely not a stranger to aggressiveness. Recognizing his potential, the St. Louis Rams management offered him a $41.5 million deal, which is not too bad at all for a rising star. If he keeps up with his current performance, he will definitely end up in a good place.
D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Cleveland Browns – $8.5 Million
Nobody can contest D’Quell Jackson’s abilities as an athlete, but since he has no choice but to play for the Cleveland Browns, he has yet to experience the playoffs. He was drafted by the Cleveland Brons in 2006 but nearly lost 2 full seasons because of an injury in 2009 and 2010. His comeback was quite impressive, though, which is why he received a $42.5 million contract extension in 2012.
Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns – $8.5 Million
Also playing for the Cleveland Browns is Joe Haden, who was drafted into the team in 2010. He eventually became one of the most impressive cover corners in football right next to Richard Sherman and Patrick Petersen. He is probably worth much more than his current, but he was also suspended at times for substance abuse, which definitely hindered his career success somewhat.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders – $10 Million
Darren McFadden was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2008 and was supposed to form an exceptional offense with Darrius Heyward-Bey and JaMarcus Russell. However, he ended up being the only decent-enough player of the 3, and even though his abilities are definitely impressive, he is injured more often than not. This means that he passed 1,000 yards just once in 6 seasons, not to mention that he never even played more than 13 games. His future is uncertain, that’s for sure.
Joe Thomas, OT, Cleveland Browns – $10 Million
Joe Thomas was the third overall pick in 2007 by the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, and he eventually became a three-time First-Team All-Pro. He is definitely one of the most valuable members of the team, but his potential is somewhat limited by the quarterbacks’ poor performance. Among the most disappointing players of the Cleveland Browns we count Colt McCoy and Brandon Wheeden, who couldn’t take advantage of the blindside ensured by Joe Thomas on numerous occasions.
Chris Long, DE, St. Louis Rams – $12 Million
Drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2008, Chris Long was the beneficiary of a long and generous six-year contract that was worth $56.5 million. Even though he’s been a very good player for the Rams since he started, Chris could never really live up to his father’s own greatness. However, since he is working together with James Laurinaitis, the 2 might just propel the Rams to future victories.
Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $12.6 Million
When Gerald McCoy got drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, he received a five-year $63, million contract and was supposed became one of the best defensive players on the team. However, things did not go so well for the team overall, even though this wasn’t necessarily McCoy’s fault. Gerald did make the Pro Bowl in 2012 and proved to everyone that he has what it takes to be a great player.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams – $13 Million
Sam Bradford was the first pick by the St. Louis rams in 2010, when he signed his massive six-year $78 million lucrative deal. He made a very good impression in his rookie year and even earned the NFL offensive rookie of the year award. Unfortunately, the next 2 years weren’t nearly as successful, since Bradford suffered from several injuries, and things haven’t really picked up ever since. However, there is still hope that he will soon recover and lead his team to the postseason.