Special Report

The Highest Paid Athletes in Sports History

50. Joel Embiid
> Avg. annual value: $29,542,010
> Contract length, value: 5 years, $147.7 million
> First year in effect: 2018
> Position, team: Center, Philadelphia 76ers
> Accolades: 2x All-star

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49. Andrew Wiggins
> Avg. annual value: $29,542,010
> Contract length, value: 5 years, $147.7 million
> First year in effect: 2018
> Position, team: Small forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
> Accolades: 2015 Rookie of the Year

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48. Matt Ryan
> Avg. annual value: $30,000,000
> Contract length, value: 5 years, $150 million
> First year in effect: 2018
> Position, team: Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
> Accolades: 4x Pro Bowl, MVP

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47. Paul Millsap
> Avg. annual value: $30,000,000
> Contract length, value: 3 years, $90 million
> First year in effect: 2017
> Position, team: Power forward, Denver Nuggets
> Accolades: 4x All-Star

46. Max Scherzer
> Avg. annual value: $30,000,000
> Contract length, value: 7 years, $210 million
> First year in effect: 2015
> Position, team: Starting pitcher, Washington Nationals
> Accolades: 7x All-Star, 3x Cy Young