4 of the richest contracts ever given out by the Minnesota Vikings

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Randy Moss – WR

  • Average Salary in 2001: $9.3 million
  • Average Salary in 2020: $27.3 million

After earning a First-Team All-Pro selection in two of his first three seasons with the Vikings, Randy Moss was looking to get paid in 2001. He had a year left on his rookie contract and Moss wanted to be paid like the best receiver in the NFL.

It wasn’t too hard to convince Minnesota as they ended up giving the talented pass-catcher a massive eight-year extension worth $75 million. After signing it, Moss became the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league.

The NFL salary cap has increased by 194 percent since the Vikings receiver signed his extension with the team in 2001. With a 194 percent increase, Moss’ average yearly salary from this deal jumps to $27.3 million in 2020.

His adjusted amount would easily rank as the highest among all NFL wide receivers this year as Julio Jones is currently at the top of the list with an average yearly salary of $22 million. And just as it was the case in 2001, Moss’ adjusted amount would still rank as the highest among non-quarterbacks in the league this year.