Which NFL players are the most expensive in the NFL playoffs? Full salary list
Whether you're one of the Cowboys, Packers or Buccaneers, and no matter if a quarterback, defensive end or running back, paying the bills is no problem.
There are 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) and a place in one of those rosters is the dream for millions of high school and college players across the United States and further afield. For some it's the glitz and glamour of appearing in one of the most popular competitions in the world, one that brings with it a wealth of promotional activities with the biggest brands in the world. For others, it's a chance to showcase their sporting prowess, something they have dedicated their young lives to, making multiple sacrifices along the way.
No matter the background and reason for getting into the sport and striving for the top, there is no doubt that there are fortunes to be made for those that do reach the NFL. Stay fit, perform on the biggest stage, and reap the financial rewards. I thought I'd have a look at those currently in the game who are doing just that...
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Who are the top paid NFL stars? Hello quarterbacks
It will likely come as no surprise to you that the star quarterbacks top the salary table. They do have the collective weight of team and fan responsibility on their shoulders, well arms, after all. According to overthecap, the highest earner based on average salary is the Kansas City Chiefs' main man, Patrick Mahomes. On a whopping $45 million per year, the champ in 2020 and losing finalist in 2021 has several years ahead of him, and the investment is expected to pay back big time.
Falling in closely behind - assuming you can rearrange your head to accept that a few million dollars is 'close' - sit Buffalo's Josh Allen ($43m), Dallas' Dak Prescott ($40m) and Houston's Deshaun Wilson ($39m).
Top contracts: quarterbacks
Scanning down the list you'll have to reach number 12 before another positional player gets into the mix where Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt rakes in $28 million. Other non-quarterbacks in the top 20 are DeAndre Hopkins, Joey Bosa, Myles Garrett and Khalil Mack.
Top contracts: wide receivers
What is the average NFL salary?
Of course, those top earners are some way ahead of the lesser known NFL roster fillers, and when you examine the complete league the average amount comes out around the $2 million-a-year mark. I'd argue that's still enough to put bread on the table.
Let's explain this paradox by viewing a group of 10 players. If one of them is a star quarterback earning $20 million a year, the other nine players only make $50,000 a year, each. The average salary for this group is then $2,045,000. The more reasonable value is the median salary, which is the middle value of a set of numbers. In the case of our example group, the median salary is $50,000.
The median wage for all NFL players is $860,000, yet far underneath the $2 million that gets more promotion. A rising first-year rookie has a minimum pay of $435,000. The most publicly exposed are the stunningly high earnings of top quarterbacks. A few of them have contracts paying higher than $25 to $30 million per year. The average salary for all quarterbacks is $5,766,000, but the median income is $1,100,000. Defensive ends come in behind the quarterbacks with large salary contracts. Defensive ends have an average income of $2,625,000 and a median salary of $847,300.
Some of the lowest-paid are the running backs. They get beaten up during every game and only last around three years of playing in the league. Surprisingly, the average wage for a running back is $1,012,000, while the median salary is $630,000.
Kickers are players who last longest in the NFL, with an average playing time of approximately seven years. Their income averages $1,792,000 per year, with a median wage of $1,000,000.
"Show me the money" effect
The salaries of NFL players rise somewhat by the age of 26. At this age number of players still active starts to go down just as incomes begin to make a tense increment.
It may be because a few players have proved themselves as exceptional athletes and brought value to the team, so the owners want to ensure their services with more expensive paying contracts.