The LSU Tigers have been one of the best colleges in all of college football in terms of producing top-tier NFL talent over the past decade. Many former Tigers are very-well compensated for their efforts at the next level.
In fact, if you compile a 22-person starting lineup (we'll set aside special teams for the moment) an all-LSU alumni roster would net just over $116.5 million when considering their current NFL contracts ($127,038,337 to be exact). That means under the 2016 NFL salary cap (about $155 million), you could get the 22 highest-paid LSU players at each offensive and defensive position.
It's important to note this starting lineup is entirely based on money. Because of rookie contract structures, better young players often make less money than veterans on the roster. Therefore a player or two might look out of place on this list — they're on the list because they make the most money of any LSU alum at their position, not necessarily because of talent.
So here's a look at a 22-person starting lineup made entirely of former LSU players:
Note — All contract data reflects the average yearly salary for each player. Contract data courtesy of Over the Cap.
Offense: $51,843,440 per year
|Spencer Ware||RB||$1,400,000||Kansas City|
|Russell Shepard||WR||$3,333,333||Tampa Bay|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||$2,601,550||NY Giants|
|Andrew Whitworth||OL||$11,250,000||LA Rams|
|Joe Barksdale||OL||$5,550,000||LA Chargers|
*No former LSU quarterback is currently on an NFL roster. We'll update this post if Zach Mettenberger signs with a team. This post has been updated to reflect Trai Turner's new contract with Carolina.
Defense: $75,194,897 per year
|Michael Brockers||DT||$11,083,333||LA Rams|
|Bennie Logan||DT||$8,000,000||Kansas City|
|Jamal Adams||DB||$5,564,021||NY Jets|
|Morris Claiborne||DB||$5,000,000||NY Jets|
|Eric Reid||DB||$2,831,351||San Francisco|
Other notable contracts
|Brad Wing||P||$2,150,000||NY Giants|
|Ricky Jean Francois||DT||$2,000,000||Green Bay|