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The Highest-paid NFL Players of 2023: Lamar, Mahomes, Rodgers & More

Last Updated: September 12, 2023
From signing bonus blowouts to extensions worth a quarter billion, check out the NFL’s highest-paid players for the 2023 season.

When it comes to athlete windfalls, nothing beats packing your bags for Saudi Arabia. In this part of the world, however, the NBA stays the king; you don’t even need to have an All-Star nod to your name to sign a rookie extension worth over $200 million.

But what if I told you that nobody in the NBA or MLB has ever signed a contract larger than the biggest one ever signed in the NFL?

And what if I told you that this lucky quarterback is actually only No. 4 in this year’s NFL salary rankings?

With that in mind, check out Boardroom’s list of the highest-paid NFL players for the 2023 season by both single-year cash and average annual contract value — and stick around for the end as we roll through the biggest NFL contracts overall currently on the books.

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Highest-paid NFL Players of 2023 by Total Compensation

Reflects total cash compensation for the 2023 NFL season as noted by Spotrac.

1QB Lamar JacksonRavens$80M
t-2QB Daniel JonesGiants$46M
t-2QB Deshaun WatsonBrowns$46M
4QB Joe BurrowBengals$45.54M
5QB Patrick MahomesChiefs$40.45M
6QB Kyler MurrayCardinals$39M
7QB Aaron RodgersJets$36.89M
8G Chris LindstromFalcons$35.7M
9T Orlando BrownBengals$33.72M
10T Laremy TunsilTexans$32.4M
11DT Daron PayneCommanders$31.01M
12QB Dak PrescottCowboys$31M
t-13QB Derek CarrSaints$30M
t-13QB Kirk CousinsVikings$30M
15DT Aaron DonaldRams$28.5M
t-16QB Josh AllenBills$28M
t-16QB Russell WilsonBroncos$28M
t-18QB Geno SmithSeahawks$27.5M
t-18QB Matthew StaffordRams$27.5M
t-20QB Ryan TannehillTitans$27M
t-20LB Roquan SmithRavens$27M

NFL’s Highest-paid Players by Average Annual Salary

1QB Joe BurrowCIN$55M
2QB Justin HerbertLAC$52.5M
3QB Lamar JacksonBAL$52M
4QB Jalen HurtsPHI$51M
5QB Russell WilsonDEN$48.52M
6QB Kyler MurrayARI$46.1M
7QB Deshaun WatsonCLE$46M
8QB Patrick MahomesKC$45M
9QB Josh AllenBUF$43M
t-10QB Daniel JonesNYG$40M
t-10QB Dak PrescottDAL$40M
t-10QB Matthew StaffordLAR$40M

Highest-paid NFL Players by Total Contract Value

1QB P. MahomesKC$450M$141.48M
2QB J. HerbertLAC$64.06M$218.74M
3QB L. JacksonBAL$260M$185M
4QB J. AllenBUF$258.03M$150M
5QB J. HurtsPHI$255M$179.4M
6QB R. WilsonDEN$242.59M$161M
7QB K. MurrayARI$230.5M$159.8M
8QB D. WatsonCLE$230M$230M
9EDGE N. BosaSF$170M$122.5M
t-10QB D. JonesNYG$160M$92M
t-10QB D. PrescottDAL$160M$126M
t-10QB M. StaffordLAR$160M$130M

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