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NFL: Who is the highest paid quarterback?

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who has the richest NFL contract, leads the list of the biggest salaries for the 2021 season. Scroll down to find the full list.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts before the start of the first half against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium on November 01, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.

In recent years quarterback contracts in the NFL have skyrocketed up to the $450 million paid to Patrick Mahomes. Completely exorbitant figures considering that not that long ago, contracts of 100 million were very rarely seen.

This is mainly due to two factors: the significant income increase the industry has experienced, and the fear of losing a key quarterback for the team. This spiral of continuous salary increases means that the NFL’s ten most paid players are on deals worth a combined $2 billion.

Top 10 NFL average salaries all exceed $30 million

Although NFL salaries can vary depending on incentives, the average annual salary is the closest way of estimating players' earnings.

Currently, there are 10 quarterbacks earning more than $30 million a year, with the first three highest salaries of the NFL earning over $40 million.

Patrick Mahomes leads list of highest paid quarterbacks

In 2021, the highest paid QBs on the podium are Patrick Mahomes, who earns the most with $45 million being paid to him by the Chiefs annually. He is also one of only three players to earn over $40 million, together with Josh Allen, who makes $43 million with the Bills, and Dak Prescott, who comes third with a deal of $40 million annually.

The 25-year-old Chiefs QB has managed to appear in the last two Super Bowls, with one of them ending in a win for the Chiefs. Mahomes, who has averaged 4,931 passing yards, 41 touchdown passes and eight interceptions for every 16 games played during his career, has by far the richest NFL contract in history - $450 million, way ahead of second-placed Allen, who signed a deal with the Bills for $258 million. Mahomes and Allen are the only players to sign on deals of more than $200 million. 

Below is a list of the top 10 quarterback earners for the 2021 season.

Highest paid quarterbacks

RankingPlayerAverage annual salary


Patrick Mahomes$45 million
2Josh Allen$43 million
3Dak Prescott$40 million
4Deshaun Watson$39 million
5Russell Wilson$35 million
6Aaron Rodgers$33.5 million
7Jared Goff$33.5 million
8Kirk Cousins$33 million
9Carson Wentz$32 million
10Matt Ryan$30 million

What lies ahead for Patrick Mahomes?

Not only is he on top dollar, but the Chiefs' play maker is currently on the verge of Super Bowl glory. Kansas City are set to face the Cincinnati Bengals in their AFC Championship game this weekend. Indeed the Chiefs are the team that are favored to win it all this year. The question that remains is whether or not the man they call 'Baby GOAT,' can prove that he's worth his salary? Many fans will argue of course that the question has long since been answered, however, we'd recommend watching and waiting as he and his team aim for glory.


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