Who are the NFL’s highest-paid players at every position? Many stars have scored big paydays in 2022 and reset the market, but there are a few whose deals from previous years have carried over as the peak for their positions.

Just this month, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick got a four-year extension from the Pittsburgh Steelers that pays him $18.4 million per year, while Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald obliterated the defensive tackle market, getting $31.6 million over the next three years. The Rams also gave Cooper Kupp a contract extension, which included $75 million guaranteed, edging out the guarantees on the new deal Tyreek Hill got when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in May ($72.2 million).

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 the highest-paid quarterbacks, including two massive contracts signed this offseason:

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Quarterback

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: March 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Deshaun Watson (CLE), $46 million
3. Josh Allen (BUF), $45.9 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: March 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Aaron Rodgers (GB), $150.6 million
3. Josh Allen (BUF), $150 million

Running back

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: April 2020 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Ezekiel Elliott (DAL), $16 million
3. Alvin Kamara (NO), $12.7 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: September 2019 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Christian McCaffrey (CAR), $36.3 million
3. Alvin Kamara (NO), $34.3 million

Wide receiver

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

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


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

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

Tight end

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: August 2020 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Mark Andrews (BAL), $15.06 million
3. Dallas Goedert (PHI), $14.2 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: August 2020 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Mark Andrews (BAL), $37.6 million
3. Dallas Goedert (PHI), $34.8 million

Offensive line

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: November 2020 (contract ends in 2024)

2. Laremy Tunsil (HOU), $22 million
3. Ronnie Stanley (BAL), $21.2 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: October 2020 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Ryan Ramczyk (NO), $60.2 million
3. Lane Johnson (PHI), $54.5 million

Cornerback

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: May 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Jalen Ramsey (LAR), $20.6 million
3. Denzel Ward (CLE), $20.2 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: April 2022 (contract ends in 2027)

2. Jalen Ramsey (LAR), $71.2 million
3. Marlon Humphrey (BAL), $66.9 million

Edge rusher

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: September 2021 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Joey Bosa (LAC), $29.2 million
3. Myles Garrett (CLE), $26.7 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: July 2020 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Myles Garrett (CLE), $100 million
3. Khalil Mack (LAC), $90 million

Defensive tackle

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2025)

2. DeForest Buckner (IND), $21.2 million
3. Jonathan Allen (WSH), $18.5 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2025)

2. DeForest Buckner (IND), $56.3 million
3. Vita Vea (TB), $40.5 million

Off-ball linebacker

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: July 2021 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Darius Leonard (IND), $18.7 million
3. C.J. Mosley (NYJ), $17 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: August 2021 (contract ends in 2026)

2. C.J. Mosley (NYJ), $51 million
3. Fred Warner (SF), $40.5 million

Safety

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

2. Jamal Adams (SEA), $17.6 million
3. Justin Simmons (DEN), $15.5 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: June 2022 (contract ends in 2026)

T1. Jamal Adams (SEA), $36 million
3. Marcus Williams (BAL), $35.9 million

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Dan Orlovsky breaks down why Minkah Fitzpatrick is such an important part of the Steelers’ defense.

Kicker

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: April 2019 (contract ends in 2023)

2. Younghoe Koo (ATL), $5.1 million
3. Daniel Carlson (LV), $4.6 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: April 2019 (contract ends in 2023)

2. Younghoe Koo (ATL), $11.5 million
3. Daniel Carlson (LV), $11.1 million

Long-snapper

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: March 2022 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Luke Rhodes (IND), $1.21 million
3. Zach Wood (NO), $1.20 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: March 2022 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Zach Wood (NO), $1.3 million
3. Tyler Ott (SEA), $1.2 million

Punter

Highest three-year APY:

Signed: June 2021 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Tress Way (WSH), $3.3 million
3. Logan Cooke (JAX), $3.02 million


Total guaranteed money:

Signed: June 2021 (contract ends in 2025)

2. Tress Way (WSH), $6.4 million
3. Logan Cooke (JAX), $6 million