Guards are getting more respect these days than they did a decade ago when it comes to comparative salaries, but they still aren’t at the level of tackles.
While five left tackles are averaging $10 million or more per year in their contracts, the highest-paid left guard (Logan Mankins) is averaging $8.5 million. The highest-earning right tackle (Gosder Cherilus) is averaging $7 million on his contract while the best-paid right guard (Marshal Yanda) is slightly below that at $6.4 million per year.
Still, talent across the offensive line is important and several young guards could be seeing a significant pay increase in coming years after strong performances last year.
Here are our top five guards for 2015:
DeMarco Murray to lead the league in rushing and the Cowboys to finished with the No. 2 rushing offense. Meanwhile, Tony Romo stayed well-protected, and Martin did it all as a rookie.
Justin Forsett’s breakout, 1,266-yard season in which he averaged a healthy 5.4 yards per carry.
Aaron Rodgers protected. Sitton is especially accomplished in that area, credited with allowing no sacks and only six quarterback hurries in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.
Honorable mention: Mike Iupati, Jahri Evans, Evan Mathis, Kelechi Osemele, Kevin Zeitler.
NFL’s top 5 guards for 2015
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