NFL’s Highest-Paid Player At Every Position

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is raking in more dough than any other NFL player. Given Mahomes’ status as the NFL’s most dangerous weapon, that’s not a big surprise.

What is surprising, though, are some of the league’s other top earners.

Sportrac actually listed the highest-paid player at each position. Per Sportrac, Mahomes is the honoree of the highest-paid average salaried player at an eye-popping $45 million.

It goes without saying that Mahomes takes the cake at QB.

Rounding out the skills positions are Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins ($27.5 million) and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey ($16 million). Meanwhile, San Francisco 49ers veteran George Kittle is the highest-paid tight end at $15 million.

On the other side of the ball, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is raking in a cool $27 million, with LA Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald next at $22 million.

As for the highest-paid special teams player … well, that is also not a big surprise. None other than Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker tops it at $5 million.

Still there are some head-scratchers on this list. You can determine what they are just by glancing it, via Spotrac:

  • QB: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs$45M
  • RB: Christian McCaffrey, Panthers, $16M
  • WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals, $27.5M
  • TE: George Kittle, 49ers, $15M
  • T: Trent Williams, 49ers, $23.01M
  • G: Joe Thuney, Chiefs, $16M
  • C: Frank Ragnow, Lions, $13.5M
  • DT: Aaron Donald, Rams, $22.5M
  • EDGE: Joey Bosa, Chargers, $27M
  • LB: Darius Leonard, LB, $19.7M
  • CB: Jalen Ramsey, Rams, $20M
  • S: Jamal Adams, Seahawks, $17.5M
  • K: Justin Tucker, Ravens, $5M
  • P: Johnny Hekker, Rams, $3.7M

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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