NFL's highest paid players in 2021: Quarterbacks dominate ranking of NFL players by salary
34 NFL players now make at least $20 million a season in average annual salary, according to overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (though Sept. 10, 2021):
The highest paid player in the league is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes makes $45 million per season in average annual salary with the deal that he signed before the 2020 season.
The second highest paid player in the league is now Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen, who makes $43 million per season.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who makes $40 million a season, is next.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who makes $39 million in average annual salary, is fourth.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who makes $35 million in average annual salary, is fifth
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers each make $33.5 million per season, to tie for sixth on the list of the highest paid players in the NFL.
Quarterbacks dominate the list of the NFL's highest paid players for 2021, accounting for 14 of the 34 NFL players who make at least $20 million per season.
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NFL's highest paid players regardless of position (average annual salary):
- 1. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: $45 million
- 2. Bills QB Josh Allen $43 million
- 3. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: $40 million
- 4. Texans QB Deshaun Watson: $39 million
- 5. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: $35 million
- 6. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: $33.5 million
- 6. Rams QB Jared Goff: $33.5 million
- 8. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: $33 million
- 9. Colts QB Carson Wentz: $32 million
- 10. Falcons QB Matt Ryan: $30 million
- 11. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill: $29.5 million
- 12. Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt: $28 million
- 13. 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: $27.5 million
- 14. Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins: $27.3 million
- 15. Rams QB Matthew Stafford: $27 million
- 15. Chargers DE Joey Bosa: $27 million
- 17. Buccaneers QB Tom Brady: $25 million
- 17. Browns DE Myles Garrett: $25 million
- 17. Raiders QB Derek Carr: $25 million
- 20. Bears OLB Khalil Mack: $23.5 million
- 21. 49ers OL Trent Williams: $23.01 million
- 22. Packers OL David Bakhtiari: $23 million
- 23. Rams DT Aaron Donald: $22.5 million
- 24. Texans OL Laremy Tunsil: $22 million
- 24. Falcons WR Julio Jones: $22 million
- 26. Colts DT DeForest Buckner: $21 million
- 26. Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater: $21 million
- 26. Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence: $21 million
- 26. Giants DE Leonard Williams: $21 million
- 20. Chiefs DE Frank Clark: $20.8 million
- 31. Chargers WR Keenan Allen: $20.03 million
- 32. Rams CB Jalen Ramsey: $20 million
- 32. Chiefs DT Chris Jones: $20 million
- 32. Cowboys WR Amari Cooper: $20 million
- Source: overthecap.com