ICYMI in NFL's Week 13: Cam's MVP case; Seahawks are baaaack

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Cam Newton's case for being voted NFL MVP is getting stronger.

Leading the Carolina Panthers past the New Orleans Saints 41-38 for a 16th consecutive regular-season victory, Newton showed off all of his many skills. He threw for five touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 65 seconds left. He completed 28 of 41 passes for 331 yards. He was his team's second-leading rusher, gaining 49 yards on 10 carries, including one that ended with such a jarring hit that the QB was taken to the locker room to be checked for a concussion.

And in the most obvious indication of how elite Newton has become, he kept bringing Carolina back Sunday - from a 14-0 deficit after the first quarter, and then twice when trailing in the fourth quarter.

"It goes back to his whole development as a quarterback in this league," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I am really proud of what he did and the confidence with which he played."

Like Tom Brady, whose New England Patriots have lost two games in a row, Newton does not have much to work with in the way of receivers. His top target is tight end Greg Olsen, who did make a tremendous, rolling catch on fourth down during the final TD drive. But there's not much else there to take pressure off Newton.

So what if his passer rating entering Sunday was only 89.5, 20th-best among quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts? That is more of an indictment of the convoluted statistic than it is of Newton.

This might be the only stat anyone truly needs to know about Newton: 12-0.

That's Carolina's record, two games better than any other team, and while wins and losses are admittedly hardly the fairest way to judge a quarterback's worth, there can be no doubt about Newton's value this season.

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THEY'RE BAAAAACK: Don't look now, but the Seattle Seahawks have won five of six games to get to 7-5 and appear capable of a serious push at a third consecutive Super Bowl trip. In a 38-7 victory over Minnesota, Russell Wilson went 21 of 27 for 274 yard with three passing TDs, and he ran for 51 yards and another score. Thomas Rawls continued his strong impersonation of Marshawn Lynch, topping 100 yards and getting into the end zone. And for all the recent whispering about the demise of the "Legion of Boom," consider this: Minnesota's offense did not score and its 125 total yards are the fewest by an NFL team this season, according to STATS.


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32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At one time, Tampa Bay has a good look. When Warren Sapp was in town, the Buccaneers had the pewter look with a cool logo and some pretty standard font. Now? The logo is massive, the numbers look digital and the uniform is too jumbled. A word of advice would be to return to the days of Bucco Bruce. What’s old is always new again, and those original Tampa Bay uniforms are sweet as sugar. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

31. Cincinnati Bengals

This team has never really gotten it right. Originally, the Bengals had the word “BENGALS” across the helmet from their inception in 1967 until 1981. Then, they shocked the football world by going for stripes on their helmets, which they still have today. Look, the helmets are alright, but the pants are brutal. Please stop will all the stripes and get a cleaner appearance. It might help Andy Dalton play respectably in the playoffs. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

30. Atlanta Falcons

Another uniform which needs an overhaul. The helmet is one of the worst in the league. Why not get an angry Falcon on the side or maybe some color in that bad boy? Go back to the red helmets and change the number font to something readable. Also, those pants. Either commit to the stripe or completely change the pants. Stop sitting on the fence. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

29. Arizona Cardinals

So much of what was said above for Atlanta can be said here. The helmet for Arizona is beautiful, but the jersey is a wreck with all the lines and little details. Get rid of the damn logo on the neckline. We don’t need it. Also, the same complaint as above with those freaking pants. Stop it. You aren’t a high school team. Just give us a stripe to break up the color and move on. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

28. Carolina Panthers

Alright, the Panthers are a team that values tradition. Normally, that gets big points in my book, but not these uniforms. The Panthers need to ditch that all blue top forever and use that only as an accent. The black and white tops are fine, and the logo isn’t bad. However, the helmet stripe is terrible and the colors are too passive. Give me a deeper blue and something to catch the eye. Just a bland look. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

The complete opposite of a bland look, taken way too far. Jacksonville has nice colors, but the helmet is ridiculous and the pants are atrocious. Teams are always trying to be edgy and hip, and it ends in total disaster most of the time. The Jaguars looked good in the days of Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith. They also won back then. Don’t be afraid to have a basic helmet with some pizzazz in the top. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

26. Houston Texans

Houston is basic, but gets downgraded for that huge collar they are totting around. The Texans could also try to spice up the helmet a bit. It seems like they wanted to be really conservative and didn’t want to make any errors. While Houston succeeded on that front, the uniform lacks anything to remember it by. Overall, it’s simply another jersey that nobody wants to buy except hardcore fans. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

25. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee has a weird uniform. They have alternating shades of blue and a helmet that doesn’t really display who they are as a team. The Titans would do better to alter the helmet, especially with that crappy stripe. When you have a stripe that goes halfway, it’s like you didn’t commit. Don’t be a quitter, Titans. Figure out the helmet and then work on getting the blue shades figured out. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

24. Philadelphia Eagles

This uniform has the simplest fix in the world; go back to the original shade of green. Look at those old shots in the 1950’s and 60’s of Chuck Bednarik. See that? It’s beautiful. The green pops and shimmers in the sun, giving life to those uniforms. Now, the uniform looks dark and sometimes doesn’t even appear green. The sleeve patches also need to go. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

23. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have great colors, but the pants and sleeve piping knock it down some. Minnesota has enjoyed the same purple and gold color scheme since coming into the NFL in 1961, changing the look just a bit over the years. Still, the pants have that nonsense striping and the sleeves look strange. It would be nice to see the Vikings fix these issues so we can get them back into the top half of the league. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)

22. New England Patriots

The Patriots may be the Super Bowl champions, but the uniforms aren’t getting the job done. The logo is alright, neither great nor terrible. The colors are fine, although there really isn’t much to write home about. The piping on the sides needs to be eradicated as well. However, the pants are solid and the numbers look nice, so they get style points there. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

21. Cleveland Browns

This would be much higher except for two things: the asinine “BROWNS” on the pants and “CLEVELAND” across the chest. Did anybody see those uniforms and not realize it was the Browns, who happen to play in Cleveland? I hate that. It’s like when people have empty space on the wall and jam a crappy picture up there. LEAVE IT ALONE. We all like a little wall space. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

20. Denver Broncos

Denver has a decent uniform, although those pesky pants once again hurt the grade. You need to commit, folks. The helmet logo is pretty cool and the blue and orange colors are excellent. While the old helmet logo of the horse jumped through the “D” was awesome, these uniforms are solid. So why 20th? The stripes are garbage and the numbers are bulky. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

19. Baltimore Ravens

The purple and black is a really solid look, but the number font is very odd and the pants are a tire fire. Instead of having all black with some “B” logo, get rid of that craziness and put a nice accent on them. The helmet is nice for the most part, giving us a raven who looks like he means business. Still, there is work to be done in the other aspects of the uniform. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

18. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have some really cool lime green parts to the uniform. It also has a great helmet, one of the best in the NFL. The bird looks appropriately angry and takes up the right amount of space. However, I really have issues with the team when it goes blue-on-blue. It just looks washed out and like a pair of pajamas. Get rid of that combo and move up the list. (AP Photo/Matt York)

17. Miami Dolphins

I loved the look when Dan Marino was there. Now? The helmet has that ridiculous stripe down the middle and the pants have a futuristic look to them. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel and just go simple. The Dolphins have a nice teal look with a hilarious dolphin on the helmet wearing a non-matching helmet. It was great. Today, it’s just another face in the crowd. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

16. Buffalo Bills

The Bills have taken massive steps forward since the days of Drew Bledsoe. They got rid of the ugly piping, changed the helmet from red to white and made the numbers much more simplistic. Buffalo would move into the top 10, without question, if it decided to go back to the rogue, grazing buffalo on the side of the helmet instead of the bootleg logo it has now. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

15. San Francisco 49ers

This is a great uniform. The logo is great. The colors are great. The pants are great. So why the ranking? Because of the f*****g alternate uniform they rolled out. Why? Why would you ruin such a great thing with those ridiculous black and red things that should be donated to the Salvation Army? Please, somebody step in and stop the madness that is those ugly rags. (AP Photo)

14. New Orleans Saints

The Saints have always had one of the better logos in the league on their helmets. It is understated yet makes a statement about where the team is from. New Orleans needs to do something about the lack of gold in the jersey, though. The Saints have gotten away from having a stripe on their pants and the jersey has too much black. This is a uniform with ample potential.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

13. Detroit Lions

For the most part, this is a jersey that has never changed. The lion looks happy and ready to play (maybe not what you want as an NFL team, but I digress), the silver and blue is terrific together and the pants are generally solid. The Lions could make the numbers a little less funky and the get rid of some of the excess lines, but overall there is little to complain about. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

12. Washington Redskins

Washington is in controversial discussions all the time because of its name, but the jersey is an absolute beauty. The helmet is classic and has the best striping in the league. The jersey has awesome colors in burgandy and gold, something that shows up throughout the socks, pants and tops. It is one of the few things the Redskins have gotten right in recent years. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

11. New York Giants

Back in the glory days of the 1950’s and 60’s, the Giants wore their current uniforms and looked classy. Fast forward to now, and they are still great. The “ny” on the helmet has a certain timelessness, and the blue uniforms are simply fantastic. The Giants could get rid of those red jerseys for the rest of time and probably never be criticized, although they haven’t worn them recently. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

10. New York Jets

The Jets had great uniforms when they were busy winning the Super Bowl in 1968 with Joe Namath at the helm. Then they were to a ton of dark green and the “JETS” logo on the helmet for 20-plus years, before finally going back to the originals under Bill Parcells and almost winning a title. There is nothing special, but the green and white colors are terrific along with the logo. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

9. St. Louis Rams

The Rams were the first team to have a logo painted on the side of their helmets. Betcha didn’t know that. St. Louis has kept the look through the years, changing the horns from white to yellow to gold over the years. Still, it is a beautiful scene. Also, the blue and gold of today has class and pizzazz, something that is hard to pull off. It needs to be appreciated. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

8. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have done it right since the days of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore. There is nothing more clean and crisp than the blue and white color scheme along with the horseshoe on the helmet. It should also be acknowledged that the Colts haven’t panicked for some extra sales and created a crappy alternate uniform. These are truly one of the best. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

7. San Diego Chargers

If the Chargers would ever do the right thing and make the powder blue kits their actual, full-time jerseys, there would be no need for a power ranking. Instead, they continue to insist on the nice but not-as-perfect dark blue uniforms with gold trim. San Diego also has lightning bolts down the pants, something I’m not totally against. I like the look, but would love it with the powder blues. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

6. Chicago Bears

The Bears have done a great job with their uniforms over the years. The “C” on the helmet has gone from white to orange over the years, and the GSH has been added since the death of founder George Halas in the early 1980’s, but those are the only changes. In fact, the initials are absolutely fantastic, adding class and substance to an already glowing uniform. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Speaking of class, the Chiefs uniform exudes it. Kansas City has a wonderful helmet and the shade of red throughout the uniform is perfect. The white and red pants are both good, and the numbers/letters are clean and legible. The Chiefs also have a sublime patch to honor both their founder and the creator of the American Football League, Lamar Hunt. It’s right over the hearts of the players. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

4. Dallas Cowboys

If you walked up to a random person who knows nothing about sports and showed them the Cowboys’ helmet, they would know which team it belonged too. Dallas has done an incredible job of coming up with a perfect uniform and marketing the heck out of it, getting itself known as America’s Team. Give the Cowboys all kinds of credit for getting the job done. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

3. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have been really, really bad since going to the Super Bowl in 2002. Yet, they have been able to continually look good with those classic silver and black uniforms. Oakland is known as the renegade stop for football players, and those colors embody that. The Raiders also have a fantastic helmet, showcasing the angry raider ready for battle. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are so unique by only having one logo on their helmet. Additionally, the black and gold is just awesome, playing off each other so well. It would be great if the uniform numbers went back to the Terry Bradshaw-era style, but that probably is just a pipe dream. The pants and tops are perfect, and the number on the front of the helmet is a really cool touch. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

1. Green Bay Packers

The Packers are tops. Green Bay has a classic look that has not changed, at all, through the years. The pants are simple, the helmet has a traditional logo and the jerseys are easy to read and beautifully done. The best part? The incredible combination of green and yellow. It is perhaps the best uniform in all of sports, looking amazing against the backdrop of Lambeau Field. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)


UNBELICHICKIAN: For a guy often called a genius, Bill Belichick sure made an odd call after his Patriots took a 14-0 lead against the Eagles. Instead of a regular kickoff, Stephen Gostkowski pitched the football to former rugby player Nate Ebner, whose pooch-kick drop-kick was recovered by the Eagles at their 41. It was nearly as poorly designed, timed and executed a trick play as the fake punt the Colts were mocked for against the Pats in Week 6. Eight plays later, Sam Bradford threw a TD pass, opening a 35-point run for Philadelphia that included a punt return, blocked punt and interception return that all went for touchdowns in a 35-28 loss for Belichick, Brady and Co.

COUGHLIN'S CHOICE: In the latest example of the New York Giants' apparent attempt to do everything in their power to give away the NFC East, coach Tom Coughlin went for it on fourth-and-2 from the 4 with a 10-point lead against the Jets with under 9 minutes left. Eli Manning threw a pick, and the Jets went on to win 23-20 in overtime when Giants kicker Josh Brown - 26 for 26 this season until that moment - missed a 48-yard field-goal try. It's not the first time Coughlin's clock or game management has been curious; it's the fifth time this season the Giants (5-7) lost a game they led in the fourth quarter.

STICK THE LANDING: If you haven't seen it already, you will soon - Antonio Brown's goalpost-straddling leap and backward tumble after a punt return for a touchdown that capped Pittsburgh's 45-10 victory over Indianapolis. "I tried to stick the landing on the goalpost," Brown said, "but it didn't work out."


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32. Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns — $9,000,000

Position: Left tackle

2015 earnings breakdown: $8.8 million salary, $200,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Thomas has started every game of his 9-year NFL career.

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

31. TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts — $11,000,000

Position: Wide Receiver

2015 earnings breakdown: $10.0 million signing bonus, $1.0 million salary.

One thing to know: Hilton's spot on this list will be short-lived as quarterback Andrew Luck is due for a new contract that will likely challenge the all-time records.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

30. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals — $11,719,114

Position: Cornerback

2015 earnings breakdown: $11.6 million salary, $100,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Peterson's $70.1 million contract is nearly identical to the one signed by Darrelle Revis with the Jets.

(Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

29. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers — $12,800,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $10.4 million salary, $2.0 million roster bonus, $400,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Colin Kaepernick's $114 million contract was never as good as it sounded and chances are he will never see the end of it.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

26t. DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions — $13,000,000

Position: Linebacker

2015 earnings breakdown: $12.0 million signing bonus, $1.0 million salary.

One thing to know: Levy's $33.8 million contract is a distant fourth when ranking the total value of contracts for Lions players, but he has the benefit of a signing bonus this year. Over the next four years, his salary is a more reasonable $5-7 million per year.

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

26t. Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs — $13,000,000

Position: Linebacker

2015 earnings breakdown: $12.0 million signing bonus, $1.0 million salary

One thing to know: Houston's 6-year, $101 million is $35 million bigger than any other linebacker's contract, but $8.5 million of his $20.5 million signing bonus was deferred until next year.

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

26t. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings — $13,000,000

Position: Running Back

2015 earnings breakdown: $11.0 million salary, $2.0 million roster bonus.

One thing to know: After missing nearly the entire 2014 season, Peterson is back and already leading the NFL in rushing through the first four weeks. His 3-year, $42 million contract did not come with a signing bonus, so it is basically a year-to-year deal.

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

24t. Byron Maxwell, Philadelphia Eagles — $13,500,000

Position: Cornerback

2015 earnings breakdown: $6.5 million roster bonus, $6.0 million signing bonus, $1.0 million salary.

One thing to know: His 6-year, $63 million is fourth among cornerbacks in terms of total value.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

24t. Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Bucs — $13,500,000

Position: Defensive Tackle

2015 earnings breakdown: $6.5 million roster bonus, $5.0 million salary, $2.0 million option bonus.

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

23. Jimmy Smith, Baltimore Ravens — $14,000,000

Position: Cornerback

2015 earnings breakdown: $13.0 million signing bonus, $1.0 million salary

One thing to know: Smith's contract is a distant second on the Ravens in terms of total value, behind quarterback Joe Flacco, but Flacco will only make $8.8 million this year.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

22. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots — $15,000,000

Position: Tight End

2015 earnings breakdown: $10.0 million signing bonus, $4.75 million salary, $250,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: With the Patriots locking up Gronkowski to a 6-year, $54 million contract in 2012, they got one of the best steals in the NFL. Gronk will have salaries of $2.25 million and $4.25 million the next two years.

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

22t. Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos — $15,000,000

Position: Quarterback and Wide Receiver

2015 earnings breakdown: Manning: $15 million salary; Thomas: $6.5 million roster bonus, $4.5 million salary, $4.0 million signing bonus.

One thing to know: Manning can also earn a $2 million bonus if the Broncos reach the Super Bowl and another $2 million if they win. Thomas recently signed a 5-year, $70 million contract with exactly half of that ($35 million) fully guaranteed.

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

20t. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers — $15,100,000

Position: Wide Receiver

2015 earnings breakdown: $13.0 million signing bonus, $1.2 million salary, $500,000 roster bonus, $400,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Randall Cobb signed a 4-year, 40.0 million extension this off-season.

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

20t. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars — $15,100,000

Position: Tight End

2015 earnings breakdown: $6.0 million signing bonus, $9.0 million salary, $100,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Thomas signed a 5-year, $46.0 million contract with the Jags as a free agent this summer, but has yet to play in a game because of a hand injury.

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

19. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders — $15,177,266

Position: Wide Receiver

2015 earnings breakdown: $14.7 million signing bonus, $435,000 salary.

One thing to know: Amari Cooper is already looking like he is ready to be the next great wide receiver in the NFL.

(Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

17. Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams — $15,788,756

Position: Defensive End

2015 earnings breakdown: $10.2 million roster bonus, $5.6 million salary.

One thing to know: After recording 19 sacks in 2013, Quinn signed a 4-year, $57.0 million extension. He had 10.5 sacks in 2014.

(Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

16. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets — $16,000,000

Position: Cornerback

2015 earnings breakdown: $16.0 million salary.

One thing to know: No player has gambled on himself more than Revis, and it keeps paying off, turning a nonguaranteed contract into $68 million.

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans — $16,305,164

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $15.9 million signing bonus, $435,000 salary.

One thing to know: Mariota is actually the highest-paid rookie this year, as top pick Jameis Winston had 35% of his $17.0 million signing bonus deferred until 2016.

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

14. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys — $17,000,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $16.0 million restructure bonus, $1.0 million salary.

One thing to know: Romo's 6-year, $108 million contract originally called for a $17 million salary this season. By turning $16 million of that into a bonus, the Cowboys are able to spread the impact to the salary cap over several years. The downside is that he will count $21 million against the cap next season despite just an $8.5 million salary, so another restructuring will likely be done.

(Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)

13. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints — $19,000,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $18.75 million salary, $250,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Drew Brees is now in Year 4 of his 5-year, $100 million contract, and the back-loaded deal is starting to kill the Saints' salary cap. Brees will take up $26.4 million against the cap this year, more than $5 million more than any other player in the NFL.

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

12. Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Redskins — $19,038,000

Position: Linebacker

2015 earnings breakdown: $16.0 million signing bonus, $2.8 million salary, $250,000 roster bonus.

One thing to know: Kerrigan is going to be a one-hit wonder on this list, having just signed a 5-year, $57.5 million contract. His total earnings in 2016 will be just $5.3 million.

(Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

11. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans — $19,969,000

Position: Defensive End

2015 earnings breakdown: $10.0 million restructure bonus, $9.97 million salary.

One thing to know: In just the second year of his 6-year, $100 million contract, Watt has already restructured the deal once, converting his $10 million roster bonus this season into a restructure bonus, spreading the cap hit out over the next five years.

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

10. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears — $20,500,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $15.5 million salary, $5.0 million restructure bonus.

One thing to know: Jay Cutler has already earned $75.7 million heading into the 2015 season, and he has played in just two playoff games, winning one.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons — $23,500,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $12.0 million signing bonus, $11.5 million salary.

One thing to know: Ryan still has four years remaining on his 5-year, $103.75 million contract extension.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

8. Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins — $26,500,000

Position: Defensive Tackle

2015 earnings breakdown: $25.5 million signing bonus, $985,000 salary, $15,000 workout bonus.

One thing to know: Despite all the big contracts for quarterbacks, Suh was arguably the biggest winner, getting a megadeal worth $114 million over six years, including $60 million guaranteed. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the contract is going to become a nightmare after the second year.

(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

7. AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals — $26,750,000

2015 earnings breakdown: $15.0 million signing bonus, $11.75 million salary.

One thing to know: Green signed a 4-year, $60 million contract just prior to the start of the season. The $15.0 million-per-year average is second only to Calvin Johnson among wide receivers.

(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

6. Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills — $27,823,530

Position: Defensive Tackle

2015 earnings breakdown: $25.0 million signing bonus, $2.8 million salary.

One thing to know: Dareus cashed in just before the start of the season with a $96.6 million contract that includes $60 million guaranteed. However, as has become the norm in the NFL, the "real guarantee" is really just his earnings this year with the rest only guaranteed against injury.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers — $31,000,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $22.5 million signing bonus, $1.0 million salary, $7.5 million roster bonus.

One thing to know: Cam was one of several quarterbacks to cash in this summer, getting a 5-year, $103.8 million deal. It was his deal that set the tone for all the others.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks — $31,700,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $31.0 million signing bonus, $700,000 salary.

One thing to know: Russell Wilson is finally going to get paid, but his contract was not the game changer many were expecting.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers — $35,250,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $31 million signing bonus, $1 million salary, $3.25 million roster bonus.

One thing to know: At $87.4 million, the contract signed this off-season by Big Ben doesn't sound as sexy as the other deals signed by quarterbacks. However, it was better than most as he got more than $35 million in Year 1 and a whopping $53 million over the first two seasons.

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

2. Eli Manning, New York Giants — $37,000,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $31.0 million signing bonus, $5.5 million salary, $500,000 workout bonus.

One thing to knowEli Manning finally agreed to his long-anticipated contract extension that includes an NFL-record-tying $65 million guaranteed and a whopping $37 million in the first year.

(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

1. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers — $37,500,000

Position: Quarterback

2015 earnings breakdown: $22.5 million signing bonus, $15.0 million salary.

One thing to know: While everybody was focused on Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, and Ndamukong Suh, it was Rivers who got the surprise monster contract of the off-season. Like Roethlisberger's deal, at $83.3 million, Rivers' new extension doesn't sound as sexy. But he got an NFL-record $65 million in guaranteed money and $54 million over the first two seasons.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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