32. San Francisco 49ers: Pierre Garçon
Total cap hit: $9,250,000
San Francisco doesn’t have a whole lot of money tied up in high-priced players. For one, the franchise in currently in the midst of a rebuild. Secondly, there’s just not a whole lot of talent on the roster. Without question, San Francisco will make QB Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid member of the 49ers. However, as currently constituted, veteran receiver Pierre Garçon holds that distinction.
Garçon is making $6.62 million as a base salary. This came on the heels of signing a 5-year, $47.5 million contract in 2017. As the deal stipulates, Garçon is entitled to a signing bonus ($2.4 million), a roster bonus ($125,000), and a workout bonus ($100,000).
31. Los Angeles Rams: Robert Quinn
Total cap hit: $12,399,766
Quinn parlayed a 19-sack season into a rather hefty contract with the now-Los Angeles Rams. Though Quinn hasn’t come close to replicating the magical 2013 season, there is a premium on athletes with pass-rushing skills. Through six seasons, Quinn has compiled 54.0 sacks. It’s a solid number — though he’s only combined for 9.0 sacks over the last two years. It’s likely only a matter of time before other members of the squad (Aaron Donald, Trumaine Johnson, Todd Gurley) leapfrog him in the highest-paid pecking order.
The North Carolina product is making $10.3 million as a base salary. The combination of both roster and signing bonuses roughly equal another $2 million. In total, Quinn accounts for 9.03-percent of the team’s cap.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans
Total cap hit: $13,258,000
Surprisingly enough, Tampa Bay has a number of highly paid players within its current stable of talent. Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy, receiver DeSean Jackson, linebacker Lavonte David and QB Jameis Winston each collect hefty salaries. However, 24-year-old Mike Evans is the player making the most money for the Buccaneers. This is largely based upon the fact that he’s been a 1,000-yard receiver in every one of his four years in the league.
Evans is making $13,258,000 as a base salary. Interestingly enough, his current contract does not include any performance bonuses of any kind. This figures to change in the future — assuming he does continue to perform at a high clip. Evans accounts for 10.10-percent of Tampa’s total cap.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes
Total cap hit: $13,400,000
Surprisingly, it’s not Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith or Everson Griffen topping this list for the Vikings. Instead, it’s upstart defensive back Xavier Rhodes. The Florida State product has developed quite nicely under the tutelage of head coach Mike Zimmer. Long and agile, Rhodes represents the prototypical corner in today’s NFL. The 27-year-old two-time Pro Bowler is only scratching the surface on his immense potential.
Rhodes is second on the Vikings ($10.4 million) in base salary behind Barr ($12.3 million). However, Rhodes is elevated higher than the former UCLA star based upon accrued bonuses (totaling an extra $3 million). In total, Rhodes makes up 9.86-percent of Minnesota’s cap.
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