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Vincent Jackson, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, earned 23.4 million between June 2012 and June 2013. The teams investment paid off as the three-time Pro Bowler racked up eight touchdowns and 1,300 yards for the Bucs in the 2012 season. (Getty Images)
Vincent Jackson, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, earned $23.4 million between June 2012 and June 2013. The team's investment paid off as the three-time Pro Bowler racked up eight touchdowns and 1,300 yards for the Bucs in the 2012 season. (Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs paid big bucks for Dwayne Bowe, despite his injured status during the 2012 season. The wide receiver made 24.9 million between June 2012 and June 2013. (Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs paid big bucks for Dwayne Bowe, despite his injured status during the 2012 season. The wide receiver made $24.9 million between June 2012 and June 2013. (Getty Images)
Ravens all-star running back Ray Rice likely expected a big pay day after winning the Superbowl, but unlike his teammates, Rice had already secured 25.8 million for the 2012 season as part of a 40 million contract. (Getty Images)
Ravens all-star running back Ray Rice likely expected a big pay day after winning the Superbowl, but unlike his teammates, Rice had already secured $25.8 million for the 2012 season as part of a $40 million contract. (Getty Images)
Calvin Johnson boasts a new Nike ad campaign, a 4.35 second 40-yard dash and 26.3 million in his bank account last year. The Detroit Lions wide receiver signed an eight year deal in 2012 that will pay him 132 million with 60 million guaranteed. (Getty Images)
Calvin Johnson boasts a new Nike ad campaign, a 4.35 second 40-yard dash and $26.3 million in his bank account last year. The Detroit Lions wide receiver signed an eight year deal in 2012 that will pay him $132 million with $60 million guaranteed. (Getty Images)
Dallas front man, Tony Romo, is one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. He made 28.8 million in 2012. The Cowboys offered Romo a major contract extension, 108 million in 2012, making him the highest paid QB in the teams history. (Getty Images)
Dallas' front man, Tony Romo, is one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. He made $28.8 million in 2012. The Cowboys offered Romo a major contract extension, $108 million in 2012, making him the highest paid QB in the team's history. (Getty Images)
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The Broncos new quarterback Peyton Manning makes nearly as much in endorsements as he does from playing football. Earning 30 million from Denvers team in 2012, Manning banked another 12 million from companies like Papa Johns pizza and DirecTV. (Getty Images)
The Broncos new quarterback Peyton Manning makes nearly as much in endorsements as he does from playing football. Earning $30 million from Denver's team in 2012, Manning banked another $12 million from companies like Papa John's pizza and DirecTV. (Getty Images)
Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to the Superbowl and with that proved he was worth his 120 million, six-year contract. As part of that contract, Flacco brought home 36.8 million in 2012. (Getty Images)
Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to the Superbowl and with that proved he was worth his $120 million, six-year contract. As part of that contract, Flacco brought home $36.8 million in 2012. (Getty Images)
Three-time Superbowl winner, quarterback Tom Brady banked 31.3 million from the New England Patriots in 2012. He made another 7 million in endorsements. (Getty Images)
Three-time Superbowl winner, quarterback Tom Brady banked $31.3 million from the New England Patriots in 2012. He made another $7 million in endorsements. (Getty Images)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned 49 million during the 2012 season. Part of that total includes Rodgers paychecks from endorsements with State Farm insurance and Nike. (Getty Images)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned $49 million during the 2012 season. Part of that total includes Rodgers' paychecks from endorsements with State Farm insurance and Nike. (Getty Images)
Hes the highest paid player in the NFL -- and at the start of his career, some didnt think he had the chops. Saints quarterback Drew Brees brought home 51 million in 2012. Hes second only to Peyton Manning in endorsements, earning 11 million last year. (Getty Images)
He's the highest paid player in the NFL -- and at the start of his career, some didn't think he had the chops. Saints quarterback Drew Brees brought home $51 million in 2012. He's second only to Peyton Manning in endorsements, earning $11 million last year. (Getty Images)
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