Two game-changing signal callers, one on a quest to secure his third Super Bowl victory, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers, led by one, Brock Purdy. Despite being drafted as the very last pick in the 2022 NFL draft, which also earned him the title 'Mr.
Irrelevant,' Purdy was continuously defying the odds with his constant stunning performances on the pitch. Purdy, whose salary pales beside that of Mahomes, has steered the Niners to consecutive NFC championship appearances and now eyes his inaugural Super Bowl outing.
Yet, Purdy is a linchpin figure though only a sophomore, tabbed to earn $934,000 this season—the fifth lowest-paid Super Bowl player. On the other hand, it's only been three years since the ink of his lucrative long-term deal had barely dried to see Mahomes pocket a staggering $45 million this season, with his earnings set to further escalate under his record-breaking 10-year contract.
Salary Disparities in NFL
Purdy's pay will be one of the lowest in the NFL for quarterbacks until after the 2024 season concludes. As a seventh-round draft choice, he's not eligible for an extension at this point until after the season following this one.
However, should his performances continue as they have, Purdy would stand to command a salary commensurate with Mahomes', which could land somewhere near the $45 million mark. San Francisco's top earner in no particular order, Nick Bosa, is on track to rake in $34 million this season, more than any other defensive player in the history of the NFL.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs pay a massive chunk of their salary cap to their offensive powerhouses. Of the eight players surpassing the $16 million threshold in annual earnings, the Niners are the franchise with the most players commanding such hefty paychecks.
Beside Mahomes are left guard Joe Thuney and left tackle Jawaan Taylor, both earning more than $17 million per year. Even though Travis Kelce has sweeping approval for being a great tight end, some argue he is on pace for just $14 million this year, a figure that might be lowballing his value.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs signed major offensive threat Isiah Pacheco as a starting running back, and he draws the same package as Purdy with an annual $934,000. Both were picked in the seventh round, and this very well explains the uncertain trends in the NFL.