Predicting the Next Wave of NFL Mega-Contracts

May 7, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Tony Romo were among the wave of players who broke the bank in a serious way recently. 
But quarterbacks haven't been the only players to strike it super rich of late. The contract wideout Calvin Johnson inked in March of 2012 included $60 million guaranteed, and Mario Williams' deal had $50 million built in. 
With money on the mind, which players will be a part of the next wave of mega-contracts in the NFL?
Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
Geno Atkins is the best defensive tackle in football—no disrespect to Vince Wilfork, Haloti Ngata or any other tackle who consistently succeeds on the interior of his team's defensive front.
The Cincinnati Bengals' 2010 fourth-round pick amassed 12.5 sacks and 54 total tackles in 2012, after 7.5 sacks and 40 tackles in 2011. 
ProFootballFocus (subscription required) ranked Atkins as the most effective defensive tackle in football a season ago by...

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