Top 10 Highest-Paid Players In The NFL

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Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the ball.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson made headlines by signing a record-breaking contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson is now one of the top-paid players in the NFL. Find out the top 10 highest-paid players in the NFL below.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Players In The NFL

Player/Position Team APY*
Joe Burrow, QB Cincinnati Bengals $55 million
Jared Goff, QB Detroit Lions $53 million
Justin Herbert, QB Los Angeles Chargers $52.5 million
Lamar Jackson, QB Baltimore Ravens $52 million
Jalen Hurts, QB  Philadelphia Eagles $51 million
Kyler Murray, QB Arizona Cardinals $46.1 million
Deshaun Watson, QB Cleveland Browns $46 million
Patrick Mahomes, QB Kansas City Chiefs $45 million
Kirk Cousins, QB Atlanta Falcons $45 million
Josh Allen, QB Buffalo Bills $43 million

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is the highest-paid player in the NFL at $55 million per year. Burrow signed a five-year, $275 million contract extension shortly before the 2023 season.

On May 16, 2024, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff signed a four-year, $212 million contract extension with $170 million guaranteed. At $53 million per year, Goff is the second highest-paid player in the NFL, ahead of Justin Herbert’s $52.5 million, Lamar Jackson’s $52 million, and Jalen Hurts’s $51 million.

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes, who is widely considered the best QB in the NFL, is only the eighth highest-paid player in the NFL at $454 million.

The 15 highest-paid players in the NFL are all quarterbacks.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Non-QBs In The NFL

Player/Position Team APY*
Justin Jefferson, WR Minnesota Vikings $35 million
Nick Bosa, Edge San Francisco 49ers $34 million
A.J. Brown, WR Philadelphia Eagles $32 million
Chris Jones, DT Kansas City Chiefs $31.75 million
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR Detroit Lions $30.003 million
Tyreek Hill, WR Miami Dolphins $30 million
Jaylen Waddle, WR Miami Dolphins $28.25 million
Josh Allen, Edge Jacksonville Jaguars $28.25 million
Brian Burns, Edge New York Giants $28.2 million
T.J.Watt, Edge Pittsburgh Steelers $28.003 million

The highest-paid non-QB in the NFL is Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. On June 3, the star wideout signed a four-year, 140 million-dollar contract extension, with an APY of $35 million.

Jefferson passed San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa, who has an APY of $34 million.

Behind Jefferson and Bosa are A.J. Brown at $32 million, Chris Jones at $31.75 million, and Amon-Ra St. Brown at $30.003 million.

Of the 10 highest-paid non-QBs, five are wide receivers, one is a defensive tackle, and four are edge rushers.

*APY is average per year.