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The NFL salary cap rose for the sixth straight year in 2019, which means NFL teams have even more money to pay their star players with. Thus, it came as no surprise when both Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson signed historic contracts with their current teams. Considering how important both of these players have been to their respective franchises, it makes sense that the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks would want to lock up their star quarterbacks.
With that in mind, here are three Pro Bowlers about to be in the running as the highest paid NFL player at their position.
3. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans
Simply put, it would be a mistake for the Houston Texans to allow Jadeveon Clowney to hit the open market as a free agent following the 2019 NFL season. Clowney has 24.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in the last three seasons, proving he can be an absolute catastrophe for quarterbacks. The 26-year-old is in the final year of his contract and is likely looking for DeMarcus Lawrence ($21 million average salary) or Khalil Mack ($60 million guaranteed) money, and if the Texans don't pay Clowney what he deserves, surely another NFL team will.
2. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Despite being one of the premier wide receivers in the league, Julio Jones isn't even in the top-10 highest-paid players at his position. After accounting for 1,400-plus receiving yards in each of the last five seasons, Jones should be in line for a big raise soon. His contemporaries are making around $16 million a year and it wouldn't be crazy to think he surpasses Odell Beckham Jr. as the highest paid wide receiver sooner rather than later.
1. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott's rookie deal has to be one of the best contracts for a team in all of football. The Cowboys' QB has a cap hit of just over $2.1 million in 2019, after leading Dallas to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons. With a different quarterback becoming the highest paid NFL player seemingly every offseason – Wilson holds that title right now, with an average annual salary of $35 million – amazingly Dak could have that designation at some point in 2019.
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