The Top 10 Highest-Paid NFL Players in 2022
The Top 10 Highest-Paid NFL Players in 2022

Do you know who are the NFL’s highest-paid players? The exploding quarterback and wide receiver markets will certainly yield some new highly paid quarterbacks and receivers, but don’t sleep out on the market for top-tier pass rushers. NFL teams are always looking to add solid pass rushers to their roster, so players like Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott and Aaron Donald will threaten to be among the highest-paid quarterback NFL players in 2022.

Defining the top-paid NFL players can be an imprecise science. You can focus on what players are making in guarantees, what players are making in any given year, or what players make on an average annual base during the duration of their contracts. Typically though, sorting it out by annual value is the easiest way to go. Below is a look at the league’s highest-paid NFL players for 2022, with salary information.

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The Top 10 Highest-Paid NFL Players in 2022

10. Kirk Cousins

The Top 10 Highest-Paid NFL Players in 2022

Kirk Cousins is the 10th highest-paid Nfl Players in 2022. He is an American football player playing as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. He played college football and was drafted in the fourth round as a backup to a fellow rookie. With Redskins, Kirk has set numerous franchise records. He has thrown for at least 4,200 yards and 33 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

Cousins signed a guaranteed three-year, US$84 million contract with the Vikings as a free agent in 2018. However, his annual salary as of 2022 is $35 million.

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9. Matthew Stafford

 

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 Matthew Stafford is an American footballer who plays for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Before joining the Rams, he played college football and was selected first overall by Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft. He ranked in the top 20 for all time in pass attempts, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Besides, Stafford is one of the fastest NFL players to reach 40,000 yards.

He was compensated for his impressive play with a $160 million deal with the Rams after his Super Bowl Win. Moreover, his annual salary is $40 million and he is the 9th highest-paid NFL player of 2022 on our list.

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8. Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is yet another highest-paid NFL Players of 2022 who plays for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Mississippi State and was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After returning from a severe ankle injury in 2020 his career-high was a 68.8 completion percentage and 37 passing touchdowns in 2021. In addition, he has set several rookie quarterback records and earned Offensive Rookie of the Year. With an annual salary of more than $40 million, he deserves to be on the wealthiest NFL Players 2022 list.

7. Derek Carr

 

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 Derek Carr is an American football quarterback, who plays for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Currently, he is one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the history of the NFL with an annual salary of $40.5 million. He was born and raised in California and is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback David Carr.

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Derek is one among 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw over 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns. He is known for his accuracy and his ability to make big throws downfield. Undoubtedly, Carr is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league today.

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6. Josh Allen

 

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 Allen signed a contract worth $150 million guaranteed in August 2021. In his fourth season, he has led the Buffalo Bills to 10+ win seasons in three straight years and made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. With an annual salary of $43 million, Josh Allen is the 6th highest-paid players in 2022 on our list.

In 2021, he had a career-high of 763 rushing yards and 42 total touchdowns. While in 2022, he threw 637 yards and nine touchdowns in two postseason games.

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5. Patrick Mahomes II

Patrick Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football player who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football at Texas Tech University before being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

Mahomes threw 5097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, which makes him the only quarterback in NFL history to throw 5000 yards. For his performances, he received several awards including the Pro Bowl, NFL Offensive Player Of The Year, etc. With an annual salary of $45 million, he is the fifth highest-paid players in 2022.

4. Deshaun Watson 

Next on the list of highest-paid players in 2022, we have Deshaun Watson, with an annual salary of $46 million. He is an American football quarterback player for the Cleveland Browns. The 27-year-old signed a five-year contract worth $230 million which is one of the most expensive contracts in NFL history.

Deshaun has received several honors including Pro Bowl in each of three seasons as Houston’s Primary Starters. Besides, he has the highest career completion percentage of all time in 1,500 attempts. Although he was out for an entire season in 2021, he made a comeback in 2022.

3. Kyler Murray

 

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 Kyler Murray is one of the best young quarterbacks for the Arizona Cardinals in the league. He signed a five year with the cardinals worth $230.5 million locking him for the foreseeable future. Soon in his first season, he was named NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year. Murray was the first player to be named Mr. Texas Football twice.

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He threw for 105 yards while throwing three interceptions, and rushing for 37 yards in the 26–10 loss. Although, he is just 27 years old and made the list of highest-earning NFL players in 2022.

2. Russell Wilson 

 

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 Russell Wilson is America’s most popular sportsperson and also 2nd highest-paid NFL player in 2022. He is an American football quarterback player for the Denver Broncos and began his career playing for North Caroline State University. Initially, he was considered unfit for football and faced rejections.

Later, he proved his critics wrong and became one of the most popular NFL players in 2022. The former Seahawks player (Wilson) averaged 3,987 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, and nine interceptions per 17 games played during his career. As of 2022, his annual salary is $49 million, making him one of the highest-earning NFL players.

1. Aaron Rodgers

 

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 The first one on the list and NFL’s highest-paid players in 2022 are Aaron Rodgers. He is an American professional football player who plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He became famous when he led his team, the Green Bay Packers, to a Super Bowl victory in 2011.

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Besides, he has completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 8,414 yards, 85 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in the last two seasons. With an annual salary of $50.3 million, he comes the first NFL player to earn more than $50 million per season.

In addition to his game, Rodgers is well known for his philanthropic work. He raised more than $50,000 for the MACC fund which helps for cancer research.

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