The 5 Highest Paid NFL Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman Edition

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With the Seattle Seahawks signing Richard Sherman to the largest extension tendered to a cornerback in NFL history — $56 million with $40 million guaranteed, per his blog — Sherman becomes the highest paid cornerback in the league. So there’s the mystery. It’s gone. Richard Sherman is the number-one earner at his position. And, after the Seahawks’ dominant postseason run and Super Bowl XLVIII victory, it seems well earned.

After all, Sherman just put in the best cornerback performance throughout the league, contributing not only his league-leading eight interceptions but also dominant play across all facets of the game (including, arguably, the definitive defensive play of the entire year with his block on Michael Crabtree in the NFC championship). He cemented his newfound fame in a post-game interview with Erin Andrews, when the Stanford graduate took the opportunity to loudly proclaim his dominance to a national television audience.

“There is no other city or team that I would want to play football for,” Sherman wrote on his blog. “With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.” Good for Sherman. Here are the other NFL corners who have earned big paychecks by breaking up plays and refusing the other team any kind of satisfaction. All salary information courtesy of, and all player information courtesy of ProFootballReference.

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