The 2022 NFL offseason was one of the most memorable offseasons in recent memory. The quarterback carousel was spinning at a high rate of speed before Deshaun Watson halted it with his guaranteed $230 million deal, we witnessed a total reset of the wide receiver market -- something that players like Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown and Christian Kirk among others benefitted from -- and of course Tom Brady retired and unretired and now has retired again. What's in store for us this time around?
As happens every offseason, there are multiple players at different positions who are in line to reset the market with record-breaking extensions. Below, we will break down 10 of the NFL players who have earned big paydays this offseason.
1. QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Joey Franchise didn't get back to the Super Bowl this year, but he's going to feel like he won it all when he puts pen to paper on a new deal at some point. That could come this offseason.
According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones, Burrow and the Bengals are preparing for a monster contract extension. The former No. 1 overall pick is in line to become the highest-paid quarterback in the league in terms of AAV. According to Over The Cap, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the highest-paid quarterback in terms of AAV with $50.27M. Jones reports this extension likely won't be a fully guaranteed deal like Watson received from the Cleveland Browns. He says to look for a more traditional deal.
Burrow ranked second in the NFL this year in completion percentage (68.3%), fifth in passing yards (4,475) and second in passing touchdowns (35). He has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and is worth the money.
2. QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert is another young quarterback who has proven he's a star, but many want to see him take a Burrow-esque jump in 2023. Maybe that comes with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Herbert finished second in passing yards this past season (4,739) and third in completion percentage (68.2%) while going a career-best 10-7 and making his first playoff appearance. He is a legitimate starting quarterback, and the Chargers want to lock him up for years to come.
Herbert has the most passing yards through three seasons all time (14,089) and the second-most passing touchdowns through three seasons all time with 94, behind Dan Marino's 98.