Predicting the NFL's next five $100 million megadeals

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When it comes to contracts in the NFL, evaluation isn't easy. Contracts are viewed through a variety of prisms, such as maximum value, guaranteed value at signing and total guaranteed. When a quarterback signs a long-term extension at close to top dollar, there can be several layers to analysis: the first-blush look, the follow-up opinion after closely reviewing the deal and more.

But we can all agree that $100 million is a behemoth of a number. Any player who signs a deal of that caliber is nothing short of a star. They are rare in the NFL, with quarterbacks having served as the most frequent members of the "club." No position is paid more, with record-setting deals seemingly popping up each offseason (Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers each spent time during the 2018 calendar year as the highest-paid quarterback in league history.)

So let's pull out the crystal ball and identify the five players who might be primed to join the $100 million club (maximum value, not guaranteed value), including a trio of quarterbacks.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Current contract: Four years, $87.6 million
Free agent: 2020