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

Last Updated: October 16, 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
2QB Patrick MahomesChiefs$59.35M
3DE Nick Bosa49ers$51.01M
t-4QB Daniel JonesGiants$46M
t-4QB Deshaun WatsonBrowns$46M
6QB Joe BurrowBengals$45.54M
7QB Kyler MurrayCardinals$39M
8QB Aaron RodgersJets$36.89M
9G Chris LindstromFalcons$35.7M
10T Orlando BrownBengals$33.72M
11T Laremy TunsilTexans$32.4M
12DT Daron PayneCommanders$31.01M
13QB Dak PrescottCowboys$31M
t-14QB Derek CarrSaints$30M
t-14QB Kirk CousinsVikings$30M
16DT Aaron DonaldRams$28.5M
t-17QB Josh AllenBills$28M
t-17QB Russell WilsonBroncos$28M
t-19QB Geno SmithSeahawks$27.5M
t-19QB Matthew StaffordRams$27.5M

NFL’s Highest-paid Players by Average Annual Salary

NOTE: Patrick Mahomes’ 2023 contract restructure grants him the NFL’s highest-ever AAV over a four-season span (through 2026), but not for the full length of a contract.

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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