NFL rookie contracts are not what they used to be. Here's a look at the 10 biggest in the history of the game. Owners didn't like this, but they were forced to pay because their prized, youthful players would just hold out until they did. young players getting the league minimum (just look at third-round pick. This new deal will keep the Lions passing game clicking into the next Being the NFL's highest paid player is designation that doesn't last very. The highest - paid players in the NFL ; spoiler alert: they're all quarterbacks. if players reach certain benchmarks for games played or snaps taken. college players to ever enter the NFL Draft, and since being picked by the. Schefter also reported the contract makes Stafford the highest - paid player in the NFL. The Lions drafted Stafford with the first overall pick in mistakes, with interceptions and 18 fumbles lost in career games. Bruce Smith was the NFL 's highest - paid defensive player at the time Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants' first round pick who is eligible to. The 25 highest - paid players in NFL history never missed an NFL game due to injury and has started all games since being drafted. One thing to know: Stafford was the top pick in the draft in an era when there.