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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


Aaron Rodgersplay

Aaron Rodgers

(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

5. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins — $40.0 million


Alex Smithplay

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


Aaron Donaldplay

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


Khalil Mackplay

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


Aaron Rodgersplay

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


Russell Wilsonplay

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


DeMarcus Lawrenceplay

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


Ziggy Ansahplay

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


Kirk Cousinsplay

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


Aaron Rodgersplay

Aaron Rodgers

(Mike Roemer/AP)

5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions — $27.0 million


Matthew Staffordplay

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


Kirk Cousinsplay

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


Matt Ryanplay

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


Aaron Rodgersplay

Aaron Rodgers

(Joe Robbins/Getty)

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.

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The 5 largest salary-cap hits


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Jimmy Garoppolo

(Robert Reiners/Getty)

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts — $24.4 million


Andrew Luckplay

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

(Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

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


Derek Carrplay

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


Matthew Staffordplay

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


Jimmy Garoppoloplay

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


Matt Ryanplay

Matt Ryan

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty)

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


Aaron Donaldplay

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


Matthew Staffordplay

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


Jimmy Garoppoloplay

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


Khalil Mackplay

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


Matt Ryanplay

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


Matt Ryanplay

Matt Ryan

(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts — $87.0 million


Andrew Luckplay

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


Matthew Staffordplay

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


Aaron Rodgersplay

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


Matt Ryanplay

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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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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