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How would a game of NFL’s highest-paid stars look? Only one 49er, Raider would play

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the highest-paid player in the NFL this season at $24.5 million.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the highest-paid player in the NFL this season at $24.5 million. The Associated Press

The NFL is the top moneymaker in American sports.

Behind Commissioner Roger Goodell, the 32-team football league brought in $14 billion in revenue for the 2016-17 season, according to Sports Business Journal.

As this season nears the halfway point, here’s a look at the highest-paid players at each position.

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This graphic from HowMuch.net breaks down player salaries from 25 positions. According to their chart, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco earns this season’s top salary at $24.5 million. No other player on offense makes more than $18 million.

On defense, two players broke the $20 million mark: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston ($22.1 million) and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman ($20 million). Overall, the 11 defensive players combine for $179.8 million – $30.4 million more than the 11 guys on offense.

There is one Raider and one 49er on the list, both on offense: Oakland guard Kelechi Osemele makes $13.5 million this season and San Francisco’s Kyle Juszczyk is the top-paid fullback at $3.8 million.

HowMuch.net’s graphic was compiled by numbers the cost information site got from Spotrac.com.

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