Over the last quarter-century, the National Football League has turned into a multibillion-dollar entity. As a result, the size of player contracts increases significantly every year. With news that Matthew Stafford just signed a record-breaking contract with the Detroit Lions, we take a look at the 20 other biggest contracts in NFL history, based on total contract value.
20. Justin Houston – $101 million
- Years: 6
- Year signed: 2015
- Average value per year: $16,833,333
This contract helped set the current market rate for elite NFL edge defenders. Justin Houston landed this deal, which included $52.5 million guaranteed, following the 2014 season when he posted a league-high 22 sacks. When healthy, Houston is one of the most dominant pass rushers in the league.