Salary: $17,108,000, 30th in the NFL
Comparable NBA salary: Reggie Jackson’s $17,043,478, 65th in the NBA
Donald is widely regarded as one of the most impactful players in the NFL and he’s a huge reason for the Los Angeles Rams’ breakout success. He’s virtually unstoppable as a pass rusher and he’s now won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons. His 20.5 sacks easily ranked first in the NFL, as no other defender recorded more than 16. Donald also led the league in tackles for a loss (25) and forced the sixth-most fumbles (4). Meanwhile, Jackson is a decent starter who averages 15.5 points and 4.2 assists per game for the Detroit Pistons. He’s relatively inefficient, shooting just 42.7 percent from the field this season (and 43.0 percent for his career). While Donald steadily dominates offensive lines, Jackson is an inconsistent role player who is somewhat polarizing.