The quarterback is the most valuable position by far on the football field. The ball goes through the hands of this position on every play, so every offense relies on the quarterback to take care of the football. Because of that, the quarterback is almost always the star or the face of the franchise.
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs ($45M per year average)
This is where the 2020 NFL All-Money team starts, with the highest-paid athlete in world history. Patrick Mahomes is a phenomenal athlete, now has his first Super Bowl win under his belt, and already has been named the league’s Most Valuable Player: all of this accomplished on his rookie contract. Mahomes’ future is extremely bright, so much so that the Chiefs signed him to a 10 year $450M extension.
Running Backs: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers ($16M per year average); Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys ($15M per year average)
Christian McCaffrey is one of the most explosive players in football, and it’s all because of his ability to both run between the tackles and catch out of the backfield. McCaffrey’s career has been ridiculous already, posting 5443 yards from scrimmage in his first three years already, and scoring 39 touchdowns. He’s also never caught less than 80 passes in any season in his career.
As for Ezekiel Elliott, he is valuable for other reasons. Elliott is one of the more explosive workhorses in the league. Elliott averages just under 100 yards rushing per game in his career (96.5), and can be a receiver out of the backfield. While he doesn’t have the skillset to match McCaffrey, Elliott can handle a much bigger workload and carry the ball more times per game. He’s a very valuable player that the Rams will be seeing in week one.