No. 4 – Eric Wilson (1 year / $3.26 million)
The University of Cincinnati alumni was an undrafted find by Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. Fellow linebacker Ben Gedeon was the team’s starting linebacker, for the most part, at the position upon entry into the NFL but Gedeon fell injured in 2019, and Wilson filled in admirably.
Unlike teammate Gedeon, Wilson has displayed sublime durability. Since joining the team, he has played in every single game, though much of this was on special teams prior to 2019. In the last three seasons, Kyle Rudolph, Danielle Hunter, and Eric Wilson are the only Vikings players to claim the distinction of playing in 48 consecutive games.
He’s also accrued 72 combined tackles, five sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 10 quarterback hits. His Pro Football Focus grade was 67.6 in 2019, and that has progressively risen in the last three years.
At $3.26 million, Wilson is the 13th highest-paid player on the Minnesota Vikings via annual average salary. Wilson will likely start alongside Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks in 2020. And, he will be the 59th highest-paid linebacker in the business. That’s a bargain.