NFL Salaries 2023/24

In preparation for the 2023 NFL regular season, NFL teams have meticulously crafted their rosters while operating under a historic $224.8 million salary cap, a substantial $16.6 million increase from the league’s 2022 cap limit.

Furthermore, the NFL’s finances continued to soar, nearing the remarkable $20 billion milestone in revenue during the previous season. This extraordinary financial performance was accompanied by an unprecedented series of events, wherein three young franchise quarterbacks, all aged 25 or 26, inked groundbreaking five-year contracts this offseason, establishing new records for the highest average-annual salaries ever awarded to an NFL player.

It would take Lamar Jackson (#1 paid player in the league with a $80,000,000 guaranteed cash salary) just 6 hours and 30 minutes to make the average American’s annual Salary of $59,428 [source].
The first milestone was achieved when Jalen Hurts signed a groundbreaking five-year, $255 million contract with the Eagles in April, boasting an astounding $51 million average annual value. Shortly thereafter, the Baltimore Ravens secured QB Lamar Jackson with a contract extension worth $260 million, which equates to a remarkable $52 million per year (plus other compensation – adding up to a total of $80M).


Let’s look at a breakdown of NFL player salaries (and bonuses) for the season to find out which players in each position make the most guaranteed cash this football season.

Top Paid NFL Quarterbacks - Guaranteed Cash Compensation

NFL Quarterbacks
PlayerTeamPositionCash
Lamar JacksonBALQB$80,000,000
Daniel JonesNYGQB$48,750,000
Deshaun WatsonCLEQB$46,000,000
Patrick MahomesKCQB$40,450,000
Kyler MurrayARIQB$39,000,000
Aaron RodgersNYJQB$36,888,888
Dak PrescottDALQB$31,000,000
Kirk CousinsMINQB$30,000,000
Derek CarrNOQB$30,000,000

Quarterbacks dominate the NFL money list, with 15 in the top 25 and the six highest-paid players in the 2023/24 NFL league all playing in this position. Ravens’ Lamar Jackson’s guaranteed $80 million payout is almost twice that of the next highest paid player.

Notably the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes (2 time Super Bowl MVP) opened as +600 bookmaker’s favorite to win the AP MVP award for 2023/24.

Top Paid NFL Wide Receivers - Guaranteed Cash Compensation

NFL Wide Receivers
PlayerTeamPositionCash
Davante AdamsLVWR$26,640,000
Tyreek HillMIAWR$26,350,000
Stefon DiggsBUFWR$24,415,000
D.J. MooreCHIWR$20,165,000
Chris GodwinTBWR$20,000,000
Cooper KuppLARWR$20,000,000
Amari CooperCLEWR$20,000,000
Keenan AllenLACWR$19,000,000
Christian KirkJACWR$16,500,000

Top Paid NFL Left Tackle Players - Guaranteed Cash Compensation

NFL Left Tackle
PlayerTeamPositionCash
Orlando Brown Jr.CINLT$33,723,000
Laremy TunsilHOULT$32,400,000
Trent WilliamsSFLT$20,250,000
Terron ArmsteadMIALT$18,000,000
David BakhtiariGBLT$17,500,000
Jake MatthewsATLLT$16,058,823
Jordan MailataPHILT$15,000,000
Kolton MillerLVLT$14,275,000
Garett BollesDENLT$14,000,000

Top Paid NFL Right Tackle Players - Guaranteed Cash Compensation

NFL Right Tackle
PlayerTeamPositionCash
Tytus HowardHOURT$20,702,000
Mike McGlincheyDENRT$20,000,000
Lane JohnsonPHIRT$20,000,000
Jawaan TaylorKCRT$20,000,000
Brian O'NeillMINRT$19,000,000
Taylor MotonCARRT$17,800,000
Braden SmithINDRT$16,000,000
Ryan RamczykNORT$14,000,000
Jack ConklinCLERT$13,150,000

Top Paid NFL Defensive Tackle Players - Guaranteed Cash Compensation

NFL Defensive Tackle
PlayerTeamPositionCash
Daron PayneWASDT$31,010,000
Aaron DonaldLARDT$28,500,000
Quinnen WilliamsNYJDT$26,094,000
Jeffery SimmonsTENDT$25,580,000
Javon HargraveSFDT$25,015,000
Dexter LawrenceNYGDT$24,253,000
Chris JonesKCDT$20,000,000
DeForest BucknerINDDT$19,750,000
Ed OliverBUFDT$16,778,000

Top Paid NFL Defensive End Players - Guaranteed Cash Compensation

NFL Defensive Ends
PlayerTeamPositionCash
Dre'Mont JonesSEADE$23,510,000
Trey HendricksonCINDE$18,000,000
Leonard WilliamsNYGDE$18,000,000
Maxx CrosbyLVDE$17,927,000
Nick BosaSFDE$17,859,000
Zach AllenDENDE$17,250,000
Myles GarrettCLEDE$17,250,000
Chandler JonesLVDE$17,000,000
Cameron JordanNODE$16,817,647

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David Burke

A computer science graduate living in London, David is an MLB, NFL and NHL fan and general sports-nerd who loves analyzing data to glean useful insights, writing about sports and cheering for underdog.