Here's an interesting take on the Pats' cornerback situation in 2019 by a Pats homer.
He basically says Belichick's a genius for not paying slot corners big bucks.
Yeah, when Spygate happened, Goodell was a fledgling commissioner, more keen to protect the entire league including the Patriots, instead of digging deeper into it. I don't want to rehash everything all over again but the majority owners went a bit light on that front then, I personally believe.
Peyton Manning is still the highest earner in terms of NFLPA royalty earnings, more than active players, I read recently.
Roger Staubach, a while ago, ended up being one of the richest football players alive, mainly because he went into real estate and invested well. It is not the starting seed in the NFL, it is how you do after your playing career is over is what will define how well you have used your money. Plus, with such money, comes the ability to start and fund children's hospitals and other philanthropic ventures you didn't think you could pull off earlier in your career.