3. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers — $32 million
Even after winning the NFL’s MVP award last season, five quarterbacks are actually earning higher salaries from their NFL team than Cam Newton is in 2016. But where Newton has the leg-up on the majority of his NFL peers is earnings coming from endorsement deals. He gets another $12 million per year as the pitch person for companies like Beats by Dre, Under Armour, Gatorade, and EA Sports.