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The highest-paid NFL players at each position are listed here, starting with the quarterback and ending with the punter


  • ESPN staffOct 7, 2023, 12:30 PM ET

Who are the NFL's highest-paid players at every position? Plenty of record-setting deals have been made in 2023 -- the quarterback position has been reset with a new highest-paid player four times just this year. First Jalen Hurts, then Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert and finally Joe Burrow becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL history as the 2023 season kicked off.

In August, Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson reset the tight end market and San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa became the highest-paid defensive player. In October, Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor finally got his extension, but it didn't reset the top of the market.

We tracked the best-paid players at 16 different positions -- including long-snapper -- and will keep the numbers updated as more records get broken. To get the full picture on the top earners in this league, we sorted positions by two categories, which in a few cases has the same player at No. 1:

  • Three-year average (APY)

  • Total guaranteed money

Salary information courtesy of Roster Management System.

Let's start with Burrow and the highest-paid quarterbacks:

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Quarterback

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Highest three-year APY:

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1. Joe Burrow, million

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Signed: September 2023 (contract ends in 2028)

2. Justin Herbert (LAC), $53.3 million
3. Lamar Jackson (BAL), $52 million
4. Jalen Hurts (PHI), $51 million
5. Russell Wilson (DEN), $50 million


Total guaranteed money:

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1. Deshaun Watson, 0 million

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Signed: March 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Joe Burrow (CIN), $219.01 million
3. Justin Herbert (LAC), $193.7 million
4. Kyler Murray (ARI), $189.5 million
5. Lamar Jackson (BAL), $185 million
6. Jalen Hurts (PHI), $180 million

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Running back

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Christian McCaffrey, .2 million

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Signed: April 2020 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Alvin Kamara (NO), $12.7 million
3. Jonathan Taylor (IND), $14 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Christian McCaffrey, .3 million

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Signed: April 2020 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Alvin Kamara (NO), $34.3 million
3. Jonathan Taylor (IND), $26.5 million

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Wide receiver

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Cooper Kupp, .7 million

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Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Stefon Diggs (BUF), 26.2 million
3. Tyreek Hill (MIA), $25 million


Total guaranteed money:

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1. Cooper Kupp, million

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Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Tyreek Hill (MIA), $72.2 million
3. Stefon Diggs (BUF), $70 million

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Tight end

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Darren Waller, million

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Signed: September 2023 (contract ends in 2026)

2. T.J. Hockenson (MIN), $16 million
3. George Kittle (SF), $15.3 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. T.J. Hockenson, .5 million

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Signed: August 2023 (contract ends in 2027)

2. George Kittle (SF), $40 million
3. Mark Andrews (BAL), $37.6 million

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Offensive line

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Laremy Tunsil, million

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Signed: March 2023 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Andrew Thomas (NYG), $24.2 million
3. David Bakhtiari (GB), $23.5 million
4. Chris Lindstrom (ATL), $21.8 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Ronnie Stanley, .1 million

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Signed: October 2020 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Chris Lindstrom (ATL), $62.7 million
3. Andrew Thomas (NYG), $61.9 million
4. Ryan Ramczyk (NO), $60.2 million

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Cornerback

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Jaire Alexander, .7 million

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Signed: May 2022 (contract ends in 2027)

2. Jalen Ramsey (MIA), $20.6 million
3. Marshon Lattimore (NO), $20.3 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Denzel Ward, .25 million

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Signed: April 2022 (contract ends in 2027)

2. Jalen Ramsey (MIA), $71.2 million
3. Marshon Lattimore (NO), $68.3 million

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Edge rusher

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Highest three-year APY:

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1. Nick Bosa, million

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Signed: September 2023 (contract ends in 2028)

2. T.J. Watt (PIT), 30.5 million
3. Joey Bosa (LAC), $29.2 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Nick Bosa, 2.5 million

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Signed: September 2023 (contract ends in 2028)

2. Joey Bosa (LAC), $102 million
3. Myles Garrett (CLE), $100 million

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Defensive tackle

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Aaron Donald, .6 million

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Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2025)

T2. Quinnen Williams (NYJ), $23.5 million
T2. Jeffery Simmons (TEN), $23.5 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Quinnen Williams, million

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Signed: July 2023 (contract ends in 2027)

2. Aaron Donald (LAR), $65 million
3. Daron Payne (WSH), $60.02 million
4. Chris Jones (KC), $60 million

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Off-ball linebacker

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Roquan Smith, million

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Signed: January 2023 (contract ends 2027)

2. Fred Warner (SF), $19.5 million
3. Tremaine Edmunds (CHI), $19 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Roquan Smith, million

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Signed: January 2023 (contract ends 2027)

2. Shaquille Leonard (IND), $52.5 million
3. C.J. Mosley (NYJ), $51 million

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Safety

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Derwin James Jr., .6 million

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Signed: August 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Minkah Fitzpatrick (PIT), $18.6 million
3. Jamal Adams (SEA), $17.6 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Derwin James Jr., million

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Signed: August 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Jamal Adams (SEA), $38 million
T3. Minkah Fitzpatrick (PIT), $36 million
T3. Jessie Bates III (ATL), $36 million

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Kicker

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Justin Tucker, .2 million

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Signed: August 2022 (contract ends in 2027)

2. Matt Gay (IND), $5.9 million
3. Chris Boswell (PIT), $5.6 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Justin Tucker, .5 million

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Signed: August 2022 (contract ends in 2027)

2. Matt Gay (IND), $13 million
2. Chris Boswell (PIT), $12.5 million

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Long-snapper

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Joe Cardona, .63 million

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Signed: March 2023 (contract ends 2026)

2. Zach Wood (NO), $1.62 million
3. Thomas Hennessy (NYJ), $2.6 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Thomas Hennessy, .62 million

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Signed: April 2023 (contract ends 2027)

2. Joe Cardona (NE), $2.6 million
3. Zach Wood (NO), $2.3 million

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Punter

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Highest three-year APY:

1. Michael Dickson, .9 million

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Signed: June 2021 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Jack Fox (DET), $3.6 million
3. Tress Way (WSH), $3.3 million


Total guaranteed money:

1. Michael Dickson, .5 million

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Signed: June 2021 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Jack Fox (DET), $7.5 million
2. Tress Way (WSH), $6.4 million

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