The Highest-Earning Former UDFAs

The Seahawks recently gave a two-year, $12MM deal to defensive tackle Bryan Mone, a significant pay day for a former undrafted free agent. While Mone earned life-changing money, he still has a long way to go when it comes to career earnings among UDFAs. There are currently 18 active former undrafted free agents who have made more than $30MM in their respective careers.

We’ve listed the top-20 highest-earning UDFAs below (h/t to The list includes current free agents:

  1. LT Jason Peters: $117.2MM
  2. CB Chris Harris: $68.0MM
  3. G Andrew Norwell: $52.5MM
  4. WR Adam Thielen: $50.7MM
  5. DE Mario Addison: $49.1MM
  6. LB Shaquil Barrett: $47.1MM
  7. CB Malcolm Butler: $44.7MM
  8. QB Case Keenum: $44.1MM
  9. K Robbie Gould: $43.7MM
  10. QB Chase Daniel: $39.8MM
  11. RT La’el Collins: $38.9MM
  12. WR Danny Amendola: $38.0MM
  13. K Matt Prater: $33.8MM
  14. K Graham Gano: $33.6MM
  15. K Justin Tucker: $33.5MM
  16. S Rodney McLeod: $33.3MM
  17. S Tony Jefferson: $31.0MM
  18. QB Brian Hoyer: $30.9MM
  19. WR Robby Anderson: $29.5MM
  20. LB Cory Littleton: $28.9MM

Some observations:

  • Peters runs away with the top spot on the list. Despite his career earnings, he’s only earned one sizable extension during his career: a six-year, $60MM deal he signed with the Eagles in 2009. Over the next decade, Peters mostly inked one-year deals to stick with the Eagles.
  • The most common position on the list? Kickers. That’s partly a reflection on how the position is treated in the draft; the majority of the league’s kickers have to start their careers as UDFAs. It’s also a reflection of the longevity of the four kickers on the list, especially Gould. The soon-to-be 40-year-old has signed three contracts longer than four years.
  • Keenum earned the majority of his money to be a starter with the Broncos, but the other QBs on the list have mostly made their money as career backups. Despite only having five career starts, Daniels has signed four different contracts that are worth more than $10MM total. Similarly, the Patriots were more than happy to keep Hoyer around for about $1.5MM per season to be the main backup to Tom Brady, although Hoyer also benefited from big contracts from the Texans and 49ers.
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