We documented the fact that your very own Christian McCaffrey is the top-earning running back in the NFL earlier this week, and it is at this time that we also wanted to highlight the fact that former Stanford Cardinal offensive guard Andrus Peat is also the highest-paid professional athlete at his position.
According to Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes from June 2019 to June 2020, Peat tops the earners for not only offensive guards but for all offensive linemen, seeing a reported total of $22.7M.
He ranked 92nd among the top 100 athletes in terms of earnings, seeing his come from $22.6M in salary/winnings and another $0.05M from endorsements.
Peat, of course, was signed to a massive extension by the New Orleans Saints in March of this year, just ahead of the coronavirus pandemic. He signed a five-year, $57.5M contract with a $13M signing bonus, $23M guaranteed at signing and $33.85M of it guaranteed all together.
He was the 13th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft and has manned the left guard spot for at least 600+ snaps each of the past four seasons in the Bayou. Peat played for Stanford from 2012-2014, entering the draft after his junior season. He earned First-Team All-Pac-12 in 2014 and the Morris Trophy the same year, the award given annually to the best offensive/defensive lineman as selected by opposing players.
Peat is the only offensive to be represented on the list of top 100 highest paid athletes, joining fellow former Cardinal McCaffrey, who came in 63rd.
Here’s how the full list of NFL representatives shook out:
9th — Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins ($60.5M)
10th — Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz ($59.1M)
15th — Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff ($49M)
21st — Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady ($45M)
22nd — New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees ($44.8M)
26th — Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ($40.5M)
37th — Falcons DT Grady Jarrett ($33.1M)
39th — Saints WR Michael Thomas ($32.4)
45th — Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ($30.1M)
47th — Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan ($29.5M)
59th — San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead ($26.8M)
63rd — Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey ($26.5)
65th — Philadelphia Eagles CB Darius Slay ($26.1M)
74th — Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner ($25M)
75th — Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper ($24.9M)
77th — Chicago Bears DE Robert Quinn ($24.7M)
80th — Cincinnati Bengals CB Trae Waynes ($24.3M)
81st — Falcons DE Dante Fowler Jr. ($24.2M)
83rd — Oakland Raiders QB Marcus Mariota ($23.9M)
T85th — 49ers DE Nick Bosa ($23.7M)
T85th — Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson ($23.7M)
88th — Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers ($23.4M)
89th — Cowboys RB Elliott ($23.3M)
91st — Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ($23M)
92nd — Saints G Andrus Peat ($22.7M) (more on him Sunday)
T94th — Houston Texans DT D.J. Reader ($22.4M)
T94th — New York Jets DT Quinnen Williams ($22.4M)
97th — Free Agent QB Cam Newton ($22.2M)
98th — Jacksonville Jaguars DE Calais Campbell ($22.1M)
99th — Raiders QB Derek Carr ($22M)