The extension Mauer signed in 2010 was the largest ever for his position (eight years, $184 million) and he earns a lot off the diamond from endorsement deals with Nike, Rawlings, Sony, Gatorade and several companies in his home state of Minnesota.
21 CARL NICKS
Right after signing wideout Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay had enough left over to make Nicks, who had just won a Super Bowl ring with New Orleans, the highest-paid guard in the NFL. (Previously it was Logan Mankins of the Patriots.) Nicks, 27, signed a five-year contract worth nearly $47.5 million. No brands back him yet.
22 CC SABATHIA