With the salary cap on the rise, contracts for the elite NFL players are starting to look like those in other sports.
Because of how the NFL's quirky salary cap system works, large contracts often come with large signing bonuses. The result is that the highest-paid players fluctuate from year-to-year and tends to favor those who signed deals recently.
Still, there is quite a disparity in how much different teams pay their highest-paid players.
Here are the 32 players who will make the most money on their teams this year, ranked by their total 2015 earnings.
FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd believes that pro sports shouldn't have salary caps:
Now check out what happened to the first-round picks in the infamous 2000 NFL Draft: