Sports fans love to compare clubs and athletes. Take a look at the Messi vs Ronaldo debate, for example. It has been one of the hottest topics among soccer fans for years. However, considering that they are two of the greatest players of our time, it doesn’t really surprise us that the debate is still going on.
When it comes to football preseason, fans are always excited about draft picks. They are eager to see if one of the rookies that their favorite team signed is going to become GOAT. With the 2019 NFL draft behind our backs now, the media is exploding with the news and projections of who’s going to be the rookie of the year.
If you are wondering the same, here’s a short list of the best paid NFL rookies for the 2019/2020 season.
- Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray has been all the rage lately. In just 12 months, Kyler was picked by the Oakland Athletics as the 9th pick during the MLB draft, won the Heisman Trophy with the Oklahoma Sooners, and picked by the Arizona Cardinals as the number one pick during the 2019 NFL Draft.
While Murray is expected to return $1.3 million to the Athletics, we’re positive that it won’t affect him too much at the moment. Namely, he received $23.5 million signing bonus from the Cardinals, and his total contract value is estimated at $35.1 million, making him the best-paid rookie of the 2019 NFL season.
2. Nick Bosa
Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Bosa went to Ohio State University and quickly became one of their finest players. As a freshman, he recorded five sacks and 29 tackles. There was some controversy surrounding his life, such as his tweets and political beliefs, which led analysts to believe that he won’t survive the draft.
Despite all that, Nick Bosa was the 2nd pick and signed a 4-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. He received a signing bonus of $22.4 million while the total value of his contract is estimated at $33.5 million. All things considered, things look bright for the 21-year-old defensive end.
3. Quinnen Williams
This years’ third draft pick was University of Alabama’s defensive end, Quinnen Williams. If the name sounds familiar, that is because he is the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebacker, Quincy Williams. At the age of 21, Quinnen became one of the best paid NFL rookies after signing a contract with the New York Jets.
His college career was impressive, recording a total of 91 tackles, 56 of them being solo and 35 assisted. Furthermore, Williams received the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman and was named for the first-team All-SEC, as well as first-team All-American.
4. Clelin Ferrell
While no one can dispute the talented Clelin Ferrel, many were puzzled by the Oakland Raiders’ decision to use their first-round fourth pick on a young defensive end hailing from Richmond, Virginia.
Ferrell signed a contract worth $31.3 million in total and received a $20.8 million signing bonus. Hopefully, singing someone as talented as Ferrel will help the Raiders boost their sack numbers since they were dead last in the last season.