The NFL's Best Players Are Getting Richer Than Ever – Wall Street Journal

From left to right, Odell Beckham Jr., Khalil Mack and Aaron Rodgers recently signed lucrative contract extensions. Photo: From left: Seth Wenig/Associated Press; Tim Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times/Associated Press; Ben Margot/Associated Press 61 Comments By Andrew Beaton Andrew Beaton The Wall Street Journal Biography Sept. 5, 2018 12:05 p.m. ET

For years Khalil Mack has been one of the most productive pass rushers in the league. So this summer, he held out from the Oakland Raiders in search of a richer contract. And he got it.

But he didn’t get it from the team for which he became a superstar. The Raiders balked when the negotiations became too expensive. In exchange for two first-round draft picks, Mack was traded to the Chicago Bears, where he was rewarded with the richest contract ever for a defensive player in NFL history, worth a reported $141 million over six years. That broke a record that had lasted…less than a week.

The buildup to this NFL season has consisted of routine concerns and drama. People are still wondering who Tom Brady will throw passes to, whether or not Blake Bortles is good and just what sort of disaster will unfold in Cleveland.

But the biggest theme heading into the season, which opens Thursday night, has been the gamut of historic deals. The NFL’s best players are getting richer than ever.

In a slew of deals in recent days, stars have broken the bank like never before. Right before

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