MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Dustin Martin of the Tigers celebrates after the final siren during the 2019 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Four-time premiership player Jordan Lewis believes footballers should not earn more than $800,000 a season following the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a reduced soft cap confirmed next season, clubs will need to reassess their list structures and players will be forced to take pay cuts.

Lewis believes $800,000 would be fair for star players as it will let finances be evenly spread around the club.

“I am of the opinion that I would rather see the money more evenly spread,” Lewis said on Fox Footy’s Saturday Stretch.

“Instead of paying someone $1 million or $1.5 million, I’d rather get three of those players for $500,000.

Nine players were paid over $1 million in 2019, including Dustin Martin, Nat Fyfe and Lance Franklin.