AFC North's $5 million-plus club

Ever wonder who gets paid the most in the AFC North? Well, Labor Day is your lucky day. Let's take a look at the players who average more than $5 million per season over the life of their contract. That includes salary, signing bonus, workout bonuses, etc.

The AFC North team with the most members in the $5 million-plus club is the Steelers with nine. The Bengals have the fewest with six. Only one quarterback in the division, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, is at this level. Baltimore's Joe Flacco, who averages $4.76 million, will move up in 2013 whether it's with a new contract or the franchise tag.

Here's a look at the highest-paid players in the AFC North (average per season over life of contract):


CB Leon Hall: $9.7 million

LT Andrew Whitworth: $6 million

DT Domata Peko: $5.5 million

CB Nate Clements: $5.2

DE Robert Geathers: $5.1

RT Andre Smith: $5.1 million


LT Joe Thomas: $11.5 million

DT Ahtyba Rubin: $8.83 million

CB Joe Haden: $8 million

LB D'Qwell Jackson: $7.7 million

LB Chris Gocong: $5.6 million

CB Dimitri Patterson: $5.35 million

RB Trent Richardson: $5.1 million


DT Haloti Ngata: $12.2 million

LB Terrell Suggs: $10.4 million

WR Anquan Boldin: $8.3 million

CB Lardarius Webb: $8.3 million

RB Ray Rice: $7 million

OT Marshal Yanda: $6.4 million

LB Ray Lewis: $6.3 million

S Ed Reed: $6.3 million


QB Ben Roethlisberger: $14.6 million

LB LaMarr Woodley: $10.2 million

S Troy Polamalu: $9.8 million

LB Lawrence Timmons: $9.5 million

LB James Harrison: $8.7 million

WR Antonio Brown: $8.3 million

CB Ike Taylor: $7 million

TE Heath Miller: $6.7 million

G Willie Colon: $5.8 million