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Published on September 8th, 2012 | by Timothy Makalinao

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Top 10 Highest Paid Wide Receivers 2012 in the NFL

Top 10 Highest Paid Wide Receivers 2012 in the NFL. The highest paid wide receivers 2012 in the NFL for this season. We look at which wide receivers have some of the highest salaries for 2012 and how big their contracts are. With elite receivers like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald on this list, find out which other 8 wide receivers have the highest salaries for 2012. Also, do you think these wide receivers deserve these large salaries and contracts? Well, Numeroten brings you Top 10 Highest Paid Wide Receivers 2012 in the NFL!

IMPORTANT NOTE – Even though a player may have a huge contract, the salaries per year are not evenly distributed every year. For example, a wide receiver with a 5 year $100 million contract, could make $5 million in one year, and make $20 million in another year. Each contract has different times to when the majority of the salary is paid, which is usually in the later years of the contract. So it is perfectly normal for those with small contracts to be ahead of those with bigger contracts, in our Top 10 Highest Paid Wide Receivers 2012 in the NFL list.


10. Darius Heyward-Bey – 2012-2013 Salary $8,159,000 – Base Salary $5,279,000 – Signing Bonus $0 – Other Bonuses $2,880,000 – Contract 5 years / $38,250,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $0 – Guaranteed Money $23,500,000 – Last Year of Contract 2013 – Age 25 – Oakland Raiders

9. Sidney Rice – 2012-2013 Salary $8,200,000 – Base Salary $7,000,000 – Signing Bonus $1,200,000 – Other Bonuses $0 – Contract 5 years / $41,000,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $6,000,000 – Guaranteed Money $18,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2015 – Age 26 – Seattle Seahawks

8. Roddy White – 2012-2013 Salary $8,225,000 – Base Salary $5,500,000 – Signing Bonus $1,200,000 – Other Bonuses $1,525,000 – Contract 6 years / $48,000,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $6,000,000 – Guaranteed Money $18,600,000 – Last Year of Contract 2014 – Age 30 – Atlanta Falcons

7. Calvin Johnson – 2012-2013 Salary $8,950,000, – Base Salary $1,250,000 – Signing Bonus $3,200,000 – Other Bonuses $4,500,000 (Roster Salary Bonus) – Contract 8 years / $150,500,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $16,000,000 – Guaranteed Money $60,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2019 – Age 26 – Detroit Lions

6. Santonio Holmes – 2012-2013 Salary $9,250,000 – Base Salary $7,750,000 – Signing Bonus $1,250,000 – Other Bonuses $250,000 – Contract 5 years / $45,000,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $6,250,000 – Guaranteed Money $24,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2015 – Age 28 – New York Jets
New York Jets Receiver Santonio Holmes

4.(Tie) Wes Welker – 2012-2013 Salary $9,515,000 – Base Salary $9,515,000 – Signing Bonus $0 – Other Bonuses $0 – Contract 1 year / $9,515,000 – Signing Bonus 1 year / $0 – Guaranteed Money $9,515,000 – Last Year of Contract 2012 – Age 31 – New England Patriots

4.(Tie) Dwayne Bowe – 2012-2013 Salary $9,515,000 – Base Salary $9,515,000 – Signing Bonus $0 – Other Bonuses $0 – Contract 1 year / $9,515,000 – Signing Bonus 1 year / $0 – Guaranteed Money $9,515,000 – Last Year of Contract 2012 – Age 27 – Kansas City Chiefs

3. Brandon Marshall – 2012-2013 Salary $10,600,000 – Base Salary $9,300,000 – Signing Bonus $1,100,000 – Other Bonuses $200,000 – Contract 5 years / $47,300,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $5,500,000 – Guaranteed Money $24,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2014 – Age 28 – Chicago Bears

2. Vincent Jackson – 2012-2013 Salary $13,000,000 – Base Salary $11,000,000 – Signing Bonus $0 – Other Bonuses $2,000,000 (Roster Salary Bonus) – Contract 5 years / $55,555,555 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $0 – Guaranteed Money $26,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2016 – Age 29 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1. Larry Fitzgerald- 2012-2013 Salary $13,250,000 – Base Salary $5,000,000 – Signing Bonus $2,000,000 – Other Bonuses $6,250,000 (Roster Salary Bonus) – Contract 8 years / $128,500,000 – Signing Bonus 5 years / $10,000,000 – Guaranteed Money $45,000,000 – Last Year of Contract 2018 – Age 29 – Arizona Cardinals
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