NFL's highest paid defensive linemen: Aaron Donald, Leonard Williams, DeForest Buckner top list

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

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

10 make at least $14 million.

The highest paid defensive linemen in the NFL is the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald. He makes $22.5 million per season.

Next are the New York Jets' Leonard Williams and the Indianapolis Colts' DeForest Buckner at $21 million each.

The Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Jones is fourth at $20 million.

The Washington Football Team's Jonathan Allen is fifth at $18 million.

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NFL's highest paid interior defensive linemen (average salary per year):

  • 1. Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald: $22.5 million
  • 2. Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams: $21 million
  • 2. Colts defensive lineman DeForest Buckner: $21 million
  • 4. Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones: $20 million
  • 5. Washington defensive lineman Jonathan Allen: $18 million
  • 6. Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark: $17.5 million
  • 7. Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox: $17.1 million  
  • 8. Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett: $17 million
  • 9. Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward: $16.4 million
  • 10. Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt: $14 million
  • 10. Bengals defensive lineman D.J. Reader: $13.2 million

- Source: overthecap.com

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The Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald is the highest paid interior defensive lineman in the NFL.

To see the 18 NFL interior defensive linemen who make at least $10 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.