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Oct 16, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) runs for extra yardage after making a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Clark (2003-Present)

February 2008, Dallas Clark is awarded a hefty deal by the Indianapolis Colts a day after signing his franchise tag. Clark’s contract was extended for 6 years, for $41.5M, which averaged out to just over $4.5M/year, and made him the league’s highest paid tight end. Clark, a 1st round choice in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Iowa, was selected 24th overall. He would set a tight end record for most yardage in 2008, breaking the old record previously held by John Mackey, with 848 yards.