- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Eagles’ total payroll of $116.7 million is the 36th highest among the 333 teams. The average Eagles player’s salary is $2.2 million.
That is the same average as the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. The Sixers, with their 12-man roster, finished with the third-worst record in the NBA last year. Their entire payroll of $30.9 million was a fraction of the Eagles’ payroll.
The report concluded that professional athletes in team sports will earn a staggering $17.94 billion this year. The players with the largest annual salaries were in European soccer as well as Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers, with an average player salary of $8 million, were the most expensive team in American sports.
Because of the NFL’s roster size and team-friendly collective bargaining agreement, the highest ranking NFL team was the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins’ $2.3 million average salary ranked 124th among the 333 teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles rank 141st out of 333 international teams surveyed in an ESPN/SportingIntelligence report.