Professional athletes are among the highest paid workers in the world. In the United States, NFL players, particularly the superstars, have the most lucrative contracts among athletes who play for a living. A professional American football player usually earns multi-million dollar paychecks after he has proven his worth in the league, usually by exhibiting consistent high level performance in each game as the years roll by and providing significant, and positive impact for the team.
That said, some teams are more than willing to break salary records just to acquire rookies who are untested and inexperienced, with only their unrealized potential and impressive performance at the college level to carry them. Some have proven a rare find, like diamonds in a haystack. However, a lot of these rookies were not able to deliver the goods as predicted and fizzled in the face of media frenzy, high expectations, and the realizations that they just did not have enough to be worth the contracts they signed. Here are the 10 NFL rookies who started their careers with the most lucrative deals. Read the full story »