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 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
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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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: NFL's highest paid players by position: Rankings for 2022 NFL season