In 1995, Eric Green was courted by various teams who wanted his services, after he spent the first four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Green was a 1st Round pick in 1990, and went #21 overall. On March 3, 1995, Eric Green signed a six-year deal with the Dolphins for $12M, which put him as the highest paid tight end in league history. Green’s tenure with the Dolphins would only last for a season, as he was released in the offseason by Head Coach Jimmy Johnson due to his work ethic and weight problems, and in turn, terminated his contract.
Relatively speaking, $2M/year for a Tight End then and now? Insane.