The reigning Super Bowl MVP will reportedly get $120.6 million over the next six years, with $52 million of that fully guaranteed and a $29 million signing bonus.
It’s the biggest contract in terms of average annual salary in league history, as Flacco will make about $100,000 more per season than Drew Brees, the NFL’s previous highest-paid player.
So how exactly does Flacco’s deal stack up to some of the other big earners around the league? Here’s a look at some of the other big paydays in the NFL:
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Five years, $100 million, $60 million guaranteed, $37 million signing bonus
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Five years, $96 million, $58 million guaranteed
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Seven years, $132 million, $60 million guaranteed
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Total annual compensation is $18 million after recent extension
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Seven years, $106.9 million, $35 million guaranteed
There will likely be a few names to add to this list next season with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan both due for extensions. They could end up surpassing Flacco’s annual salary.
Flacco doesn’t come close to matching some of the big deals handed out in other sports, however.
Unlike the NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA have guaranteed contracts, where players get every dime of the contract as soon as they sign on the dotted line.
As a point of comparison, here are some of the biggest deals awarded in other sports.
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
10 years, $275 million
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
10 years, $240 million
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
10 years, $225 million
Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
9 years, $214 million
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
7 years, $136 million
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
13 years, $124 million
LeBron James, Miami Heat
6 years, $109 million