NFL's highest paid players by position: Rankings for 2022 NFL season

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One look at the list of the highest paid players in the NFL by position shows the premium that NFL teams put on quarterbacks.

The highest paid player in the league at that position, the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, is also the highest paid player in the league, making $50.3 million per season (yes, $50.3 million per season in average annual salary).

The Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald now makes $31.7 million per season, making him the highest paid non-quarterback and the highest paid defender in the league.

Click on each highlighted position for a breakdown of that position's highest paid players for the 2022 season.

NFL's highest paid players in 2022:

NFL's highest paid players by position (average annual salary):

  • Quarterback: Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers - $50.3 million

  • Interior defensive lineman: Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald - $31.7 million

  • Wide receiver: Miami Dolphins' Tyreek Hill - $30 million

  • Edge rusher: Pittsburgh Steelers' T.J. Watt - $28 million

  • Offensive lineman: San Francisco 49ers' Trent Williams - $23.01 million

  • Cornerback: Green Bay Packers' Jaire Alexander: $21 million

  • Linebacker: Indianapolis Colts' Darius Leonard - $19.7 million

  • Safety: Pittsburgh Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick: $18.2 million

  • Running back: Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey: $16 million

  • Tight end: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle - $15 million

  • Fullback: San Francisco 49ers' Kyle Juszczyk - $5.4 million

  • Kicker: Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker - $5 million

  • Punter: Seattle Seahawks' Michael Dickson - $3.68 million

  • Long snapper: Los Angeles Chargers' Josh Harris - $1.4 million

- Source: overthecap.com

What changed?: NFL's highest paid players by position: Rankings for 2021 NFL season

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey are among the highest paid players at their positions in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey are among the highest paid players at their positions in the NFL.

To see the 44 NFL players who make at least $20 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.

NFL's highest paid players in 2021

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