New England: Wide Receiver Wes Welker ($9.4 million)
History shows that undersized slot receivers like Welker can begin to quickly decline in their 30s, which might be making the Patriots reticent to offer the kind of lucrative long-term contract he’s seeking. But Welker, who turns 31 in May, has shown no signs of slowing down any time soon. He posted career highs last season in receiving yards (1,569) and touchdowns (nine) on an NFL-high 122 catches. —Alex Marvez
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