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Is there any way Patrick Willis won't be the highest paid defensive player?

Willis is the face of the entire defense, arguably the team. Im confident scotty will pay him whatever he wants.
Originally posted by teeohh:
Who is the highest paid MLB right now? Highest paid LB? he should probably be the highest paid lb

I think James Harrison is right there, ill check his numbers.
James Harrison:

4/13/2009: Signed a six-year, $51.175 million contract. The deal contains $20 million guaranteed, including a $10 million signing bonus. 2009: $800,000 (+ $2.555 million roster bonus), 2010: $755,000 (+ $2.8 million reporting bonus), 2011: $3.66 million (+ $900,000 roster bonus), 2012: $5.315 million, 2013: $6.32 million, 2014: $7.325 million, 2015: Free Agent. Cap charge: $6.2 million (2009).

Ray Lewis:

3/10/2009: Signed a three-year, $22 million contract. The deal contains $15.5 million guaranteed, including a $6.25 million signing bonus. 2009: $1 million (+ $2.75 million roster bonus), 2010: $4.25 million (+ $1.25 million option bonus), 2011: $4.5 million (+ $2 million option bonus), 2012: $4.95 million (Voidable Years), 2013: $5.4 million, 2014: $5.85 million, 2015: $6.3 million, 2016: Free Agent
highest paid LB in general

...and to answer the question of original poster. I believe he will be up there someday for sure.

[ Edited by ninerfan818 on Oct 4, 2009 at 18:05:26 ]