How much are NFL stars paid compared to NBA players?

How much are NFL stars paid compared to NBA players?

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How much are NFL stars paid compared to NBA players?

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JJ WATT

Salary: $15,000,000, 52nd in the NFL
Comparable NBA salary: Eric Bledsoe’s $15,000,000, 79th in the NBA

Like Aaron Donald, Watt is one of those players who’s nearly unstoppable as a pass rusher and there’s no denying how much he impacts each and every game. He’s now a five-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, and he’s won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award three times (joining Lawrence Taylor as the only players in NFL history with a trio of DPOY trophies). Last year, he led the NFL in fumbles forced (7), while also ranking second in sacks (16) and sixth in tackles for a loss (18). Bledsoe is very good starting point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, but he’s never been selected to an All-Star team or All-NBA team. This season, he’s averaging 15.8 points, 5.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Bledsoe recently signed a four-year extension worth $70 million, so he’ll be earning much more than Watt as soon as that takes effect.

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