Top 15 Richest AFL Salaries Heading into 2017

The average salary of players across the AFL rose to over $340,000 in 2017 and as the TV rights continue to break records with each agreement so will the amounts Clubs will pay their star players.

Five players are earning over $1 million in 2017 with that list to grow next season.

We have the top 15 highest paid AFL players (with their rumoured base salary and third party deals)


Eddie Betts (Adelaide) $650,000

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The Best Small forward in the game, Eddie Betts, will end his career in Adelaide after agreeing to a contract extension until the end of 2020.

The 30-year-old has signed a new three-year deal with the Crows after joining the club at the end of 2013 from Carlton. The Deal is believed to be worth $1.95 million over the 3 years.

Heath Shaw (GWS) $700,000

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A five-year deal with GWS was enough to lure Shaw to Sydney until the end of the 2018 season. The Deal believed to be worth $3.5 million over the agreed term.

Shaw was part of a exchange between Collingwood and GWS where the Magpies received Taylor Adams

Jobe Watson (Essendon) $750,000

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Watson, 32, was one of the last of the suspended Bombers to resign with the Bombers after he was understood, to have lost the passion and drive for AFL Football.

A Chat with current coach John Worsfold Watson decided to return to the Club on a 1-year deal worth $750,000 per season.

Trent Cotchin (Richmond) $825,000

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Cotchin signed a five-year contract extension, that ties him to the Tigers until the end of 2020. The Deal worth just over $4 million for the contract-term  effectively makes him a Tiger for life.

Nat Fyfe (Fremantle) $830,000

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Considered by most the best player in the AFL after the 2015 season where he won the Brownlow medal. 

A injury interrupted 2016 where Fyfe suffered a fracture to the same leg he had injury previously in his career.

Fyfe, who recently was named Captain for the 2017 season salary is expected to sky rocket as the talented midfielder will become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2017 season and there will not be a shortage of clubs who will be circling for his signature. 

Fyfe could be the highest paid player in 2018 especially if he is lured to Melbourne.

Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) $850,000

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Riewoldt agreed to re-sign with the club and will enter his 17th season after signing a one-year contract extension, a deal believed to be worth $850,000.

Expect 1 year contracts here on out with the Saints and Riewoldt, as long as the 33-year old mind and body are willing.

Kurt Tippett (Sydney) $880,000

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Tippett signed a The lucrative four-year contract with the Swans after the 2012 season which saw him depart the Adelaide Crows in controversial circumstances.

The deal worth over $3.5 million will not be extended by another two seasons, Tippett meeting contract incentives that triggered a 2-year extension and will see him most likely finishing his career in the Harbour city.

Tom Boyd (Western Bulldogs) $925,000

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The Western Bulldogs signed Tom Boyd on a seven-year deal worth more than $6 million.

With each year his contract increases and it is believed the 2019 season Boyd will become a million dollar player

Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) $950,000

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Geelong signed Patrick Dangerfield after the club and the Adelaide Crows agreed to a trade at the end of the 2015 season.

The 2016 Brownlow Medalist signed on with the Cats with an annual salary believed to be $925,000 per season with it expected to exceed $1 million in 2018 and he is worth every cent.

Lance Franklin (Sydney) $995,000

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Franklin shocked the football world when he announced at the end of the 2013 season he had decided to accept the Sydney Swans offer of $10 million for nine years.

The Deal is heavily backed ended and in 2018 he will earn over $1 million per season, with the deal expected to end at the end of the 2022 season.

Tom Scully (GWS) $1 Million

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Scully enters the final year of his $1 million per season contract, where he was GWS’s main foundation player where they signed him on a 6-year, $6 million deal.

Scully has signed a contract extension that will have him remain at GWS until at least the end of the 2021 AFL season, but will have removed from this list in 2018.

His new four year deal starting from 2018 will see Scully’s contract cut in half with the deal believed to be worth $2 Million over 4 years.

Dayne Beams (Brisbane) over $1 million

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The Move north for Dayne Beams has not been so successful with injuries restricting his time in Brisbane.

The Move although has been very successful for his bank balance as Beams contract sees him earn around $1 million per season, not bad at all!

Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) over $1.1 million

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When you are the best player at one of the biggest AFL clubs in the game and Captained the side you are expected to get paid the big bucks.

That is exactly what Scott Pendlebury is getting, his current contract sees him earn around a cool $1.1 million per season.

Nic Naitanui (West Coast) over $1.2 million

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WEST COAST ruckman Nic Naitanui signed a five-year contract extension at the end of the 2014 season, tying him to the Eagles until at least the end of 2019.

The deal see’s Nic Nat become the 2nd highest player in the AFL at just 26-years of age. Expected to miss the 2017 season due a knee injury which may have a impact on his salary.

Gary Ablett (Gold Coast) over $1.25 million

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No real surprise in who is on the top of the ladder when it comes to contracts in the AFL, it is the little magician.

Ablett re-signed with the Gold Coast Suns in 2015, agreeing to a 3-year extension that is expected to see finish a sun at the end of the 2018.

It was reportedly that Gary Ablett requested a trade at the 2016 free agency period, where it was believed he would be willing to have taken a significant pay-cut to his $1.25 million dollar salary if he was given the opportunity to finish his career with Geelong due to family reasons.

That door was quickly shut by the Gold Coast officials and Ablett will remain at the Suns and will remain at the top of the list as the Highest paid player in the game today.