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Because of the way NFL contracts are structured, there is no easy way to define “highest-paid players.”

Is the player with the highest salary? Well, most top players get a huge chunk of their money in signing bonuses. Is it the highest average annual salary? Well, that considers the entire deal, and most players never see the end of their contracts. Is it who will be paid the most money this year? That would be biased towards players who signed new contracts this year because so much money is in the signing bonus.

Because of this, we have broken up the players by the highest-paid in different categories. Depending on which criteria you use, the answer to “highest-paid” can be entirely different.

You can click through to each category here or scroll down to see all. Data via Spotrac and other sources.

The 5 players who will be paid the most in 2018

The 5 largest base salaries

The 5 largest average-annual salaries

The 5 largest salary-cap hits

The 5 largest contracts

The 5 contracts with the most guaranteed money

The 5 players who will be paid the most in 2018


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Aaron Rodgers

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5. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins — $40.0 million


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Alex Smith

(Nick Wass/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $94.0 million

One thing to know: With the Redskins signing of Smith to replace Kirk Cousins, the team’s cap hit for their starting QB dropped from $24.0 million to a tad over $18 million. Still, with Smith’s $27 million signing bonus, it means Washington has invested $84 million in their quarterback position the last three seasons.

4. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams — $40.9 million


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Aaron Donald

(Ben Margot/AP)

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 6 years, $135.0 million

One thing to know: When Donald signed his deal, he was the first non-quarterback in NFL history with an average annual salary of over $20 million.

3. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears — $41.0 million


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Khalil Mack

(Chicago Bears)

Position: Linebacker

Contract: 6 years, $141.0 million

One thing to know: Once Aaron Donald signed his new deal with the Los Angeles Rams, it was clear that Mack’s days in Oakland were numbered. After he was traded to the Bears just before the start of the season, Mack’s new contract makes him the highest-paid defensive players in NFL history.

2. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers — $42.6 million


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Jimmy Garoppolo

(Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $137.5 million

One thing to know: Garoppolo has two years to prove he is the real deal. If the gamble fails, the 49ers would have paid him more than $61 million for slightly more than two seasons and also given up a second-round pick.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — $66.9 million


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Aaron Rodgers

(Grant Halverson/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $134.0 million

One thing to know: The $134 million is new money added on to the two years Rodgers had remaining on his previous contract. With bonuses, Rodgers could make as much as $180 million over the next six seasons.

The 5 largest base salaries


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Kirk Cousins

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5. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars — $15.0 million


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Calais Campbell

(Stephen B. Morton/AP)

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 4 years, $60.0 million

One thing to know: The 2018 free agent turned down his hometown Denver Broncos to sign with the Jaguars. According to Will Brinson, the Jags’ offer was significantly higher.

4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks — $15.5 million


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Russell Wilson

(Stephen Brashear/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $87.6 million

One thing to know: It is probably not a coincidence that the Seahawks have started to struggle once Wilson’s cap hits started to soar. In 2014, it was $800,000. In 2015, it was $7.1 million. This year, it tops $23.8 million.

t2. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys — $17.1 million


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DeMarcus Lawrence

(Ron Jenkins/AP)

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 1 year, $17.1 million

One thing to know: Lawrence will play the 2018 season under the franchise tag but is hoping “break the bank” next season.

t2.Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions — $17.1 million


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Ziggy Ansah

(Jamie McDonald/Getty)

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 1 year, $17.1 million

One thing to know: The Lions seemed content to let Ansah play the 2018 season under the franchise tag considering his recent injuries and age (29).

1. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins — $22.5 million


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Kirk Cousins

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 3 years, $84.0 million

One thing to know: Cousins rejected a bigger offer from the New York Jets to sign with the Vikings. The Jets offered Cousins $90 million over three years.

The 5 largest average-annual salaries


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Aaron Rodgers

(Mike Roemer/AP)

5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions — $27.0 million


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Matthew Stafford

(Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $135.0 million

One thing to know: Stafford will be the seventh-highest-paid player in NFL history by the end of the season.

4. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers — $27.5 million


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Jimmy Garoppolo

(Rick Scuteri/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $137.5 million

One thing to know: The 49ers went 5-0 after trading for Garoppolo and making him the starter late in the 2017 season. He had flashes of brilliance but also threw 5 interceptions to just 7 touchdowns against what was not the most difficult group of foes in the NFL.

3. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins — $28.0 million


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Kirk Cousins

(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 3 years, $84.0 million

One thing to know: When Cousins agreed to his $84 million, fully guaranteed deal, he couldn’t get anybody from his family on the phone to tell them the good news. So he called his AAA agent instead.

2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons — $30.0 million


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Matt Ryan

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $150.0 million

One thing to know: Ryan’s deal includes $100 million guaranteed through the 2021 season, and he will be paid $74 million by the end of the 2019 season.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — $33.5 million


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Aaron Rodgers

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Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $134.0 million

One thing to know: Rodgers still has a lot of football left and wants to follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady by playing well into his 40s.

The 5 largest salary-cap hits


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Jimmy Garoppolo

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5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts — $24.4 million


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Andrew Luck

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $123.0 million

One thing to know: Luck may be due for a new contract soon as his salary-cap numbers jump to $27.5 million in 2019 and $28.4 million in 2020.

4. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens — $24.8 million


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Joe Flacco

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Position: Quarterback

Contract: 3 years, $66.4 million

One thing to know: In 2016, Flacco added three years onto the end of his 2013 contract, basically turning the original deal into a 9-year, $187 million contract.

3. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders — $25.0 million


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Derek Carr

(Mike Ehrmann/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $125.0 million

One thing to know: Carr’s cap hits actually go down and hover around $22 million over the next three years. That is less than the cap hits for Khalil Mack with the Bears, which will grow to $24 million over the next three seasons.

2. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions — $26.5 million


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Matthew Stafford

(Joe Robbins/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $135.0 million

One thing to know: Stafford has proven to be one of the luckiest players in the NFL. He was one of the final No. 1-overall picks to be chosen before the new rookie salary scale, signing a $72 million contract before he played in a single game. Because of his large salary-cap hits under that deal, the Lions were forced to offer him an extension before the deal was over to ease their salary-cap situation.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers — $37.0 million


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Jimmy Garoppolo

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $137.5 million

One thing to know: Garoppolo is being paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL despite having started just seven games in his career.

The 5 largest contracts


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Matt Ryan

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t4. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams — $135.0 million


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Aaron Donald

(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 6 years, $135.0 million

One thing to know: Donald’s contract is one of several big deals the Rams have handed out recently, as they take a similar path as the one that led the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl — go all in on players around a young quarterback on a cheap contract.

t4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions — $135.0 million


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Matthew Stafford

(Gregory Shamus/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $135.0 million

One thing to know: If Stafford plays out his latest contract, his career earnings will grow to $262.3 million by 2022 when he will be just 34 years old. Tom Brady has made $217.2 million in his career.

3. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers — $137.5 million


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Jimmy Garoppolo

(Robert Reiners/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $137.5 million

One thing to know: Garoppolo is further evidence that one of the best positions to be in as an NFL player is a young, unproven backup with potential, sitting behind an elite starting QB. When that player’s rookie deal is up, the original team is not going to overpay for a backup, but other teams will overpay for potential and make the player their starter despite a limited resume. Just ask Brock Osweiler.

2. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears — $141.0 million


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Khalil Mack

(Chicago Bears)

Position: Linebacker

Contract: 6 years, $141.0 million

One thing to know: Khalil Mack was traded to the Bears, in large part, because the Raiders felt they couldn’t afford his market value at the same time they were paying Derek Carr $125 million. At the end of the day, the Raiders chose an above-average quarterback over one of the best defenders in the game.

1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons — $150.0 million


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Matt Ryan

(Daniel Shirey/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $150.0 million

One thing to know: Ryan’s contract is the largest in NFL history. Unlike many large contracts that are not nearly as big as they seem, the Falcons are essentially committed to Ryan for $118 million over the next four seasons.

The 5 contracts with the most guaranteed money


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Matt Ryan

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5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts — $87.0 million


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Andrew Luck

(Darron Cummings/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $123.0 million

One thing to know: The Colts paid Luck $57 million over the past two seasons, the first two of his 5-year contract. He played in 15 games during that time and the team went 12-20 overall.

4. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears — $90.0 million


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(Chicago Bears)

Position: Linebacker

Contract: 6 years, $141.0 million

One thing to know: Mack’s contract, along with Aaron Donald’s deal, resets the market for defensive players. While salaries for quarterbacks had skyrocketed in recent years, defensive players had fallen behind.

3. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions — $92.0 million


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Matthew Stafford

(Butch Dill/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $135.0 million

One thing to know: The Lions have gone 60-65 with Stafford as the starter.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — $98.7 million


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Aaron Rodgers

(Mark Humphrey/AP)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $134.0 million

One thing to know: The Packers will pay Rodgers approximately $80 million over the first eight months of his new contract.

1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons — $100.0 million


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Matt Ryan

(Tom Pennington/Getty)

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $150.0 million

One thing to know: The $100 million is the largest guarantee in NFL history.

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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

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Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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