NFL's highest paid safeties: Jamal Adams, Harrison Smith, Justin Simmons lead list

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

25 safeties now make at least $5 million in average annual salary per year, per overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Sept. 10, 2021).

19 make at least $8 million.

13 make at least $10 million.

The highest paid safety in the NFL is the Seattle Seahawks' Jamal Adams, who makes $17.5 million in average annual salary.

The Minnesota Vikings' Harrison Smith, at $16 million per season, is second.

The Denver Broncos' Justin Simmons, who makes $15.25 million per season, is third.

The Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker is fourth. He makes $14.75 million per season.

Fifth is the Chicago Bears' Eddie Jackson. He makes $14.6 million per season.

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NFL's highest paid safeties (average salary per year):

  • 1. Seahawks safety Jamal Adams: $17.5 million
  • 2. Vikings safety Harrison Smith: $16 million
  • 3. Broncos safety Justin Simmons: $15.25 million
  • 4. Cardinals safety Budda Baker: $14.75 million
  • 5. Bears safety Eddie Jackson: $14.6 million
  • 6. Titans safety Kevin Byard: $14.1 million
  • 7. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu: $14 million
  • 8. Washington safety Landon Collins: $14 million
  • 9. Patriots safety Devin McCourty: $11.5 million
  • 10. Browns safety John Johnson: $11.25 million

- Source: overthecap.com

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The Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker is the highest paid safety in the NFL.

To see the 25 NFL safeties who make at least $5 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.