The Highest Paid Cornerbacks In The NFL

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2014 | 0

With their outspoken personalities appearing more and more in the limelight these days, the position of cornerback is quickly becoming one of the most popular in today’s NFL landscape. It’s also becoming one of the toughest ones to be successful at, as the NFL’s increased focus on illegal contact penalties will severley hinder cornerbacks’ ability to shut down opposing wide receivers this season.

That makes the best cornerbacks a hot commodity, and those can truly shut down the best wideouts in the league demand huge salaries. Although he’s considered by many to be the best cornerback in the league, Seahawks standout Richard Sherman isn’t on the list of the top five highest paid cornerbacks in the NFL.

Close behind Sherman as one of the best, Arizona Cardinal Patrick Peterson would technically be the highest paid in the league if his bonus and incentives were taken into account.

Here are the cornerbacks with the five highest base salaries in the NFL in 2014 (courtesy of


1.) Jonathan Joseph, Houston Texans – $7.5 million:

Joseph commands a huge salary after starting his career in Cincinnati, but like the rest of the Texans, he didn’t exactly live up to his price tag in 2013. The Houston defense was supposed to be one of the finest in the league, but they couldn’t put the pieces together whatsoever. The drafting of Jadeveon Clowney should help them get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2014, and that promises to help Joseph’s numbers pick up as a result.


2.) Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys – $7.5 million:

Brandon Carr was paid the big bucks to come over from Kansas City. He’s one of the best cover corners in the league, and given the fact that Dallas allowed an insane amount of points in 2013, they need him desperately. Carr is going to do his part to take the opposing team’s best wide receiver out of the equation, but the Cowboys will still probably need to put up a ton of points in 2014.


3.) Tramon Williams, Green Bay Packers – $6.9 million:

Williams is a very solid corner, and with the NFC North featuring a murderer’s row of dangerous wide receivers this year, he’ll be leaned on more than ever in 2014. Green Bay has their work cut out for them in facing the Bears, Lions, and even Vikings twice each, and their defense didn’t exactly live up to their high-octane offense. Williams is going to have to prove he deserves his lofty salary this year.


4.) Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals – $6.8 million:

Hall is one of the best players on one of the NFL’s best defenses, so he deserves every penny of his considerable salary. Cincinnati won the AFC North in 2013, and they’re poised to repeat in 2014. Having star defensive tackle Geno Atkins on the sidelines hurts, but with Hall commanding the back end of the Bengals’ defense, opposing teams will still struggle to pass on Cincinnati.


5.) Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns – $6.68 million

Haden is a shutdown corner whom the Browns desperately need to stay healthy in 2014. With question marks abound on offense, Cleveland will have to rely on Haden’s abilities to stop opponents’ quarterbacks from scoring. He’s fully capable of doing just that, but he’s only one man. Still, his substantial coverage skills make him worth every dollar of his No. 5 salary.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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