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The 25 Highest-Paid NFL Edge Rushers

  • Brian Burns cashes in at the third position after signing with the Giants.
  • Two of the top-five reside in the AFC North in T.J. Watt and Myles Garrett.
NFL highest-paid edge rusher Nick Bosa
Syndication: Detroit Free Press

Following J.J. Watt’s retirement in 2023, the Bosa brothers emerged as the NFL’s premier sibling pass-rushing duo. Notably, the Bosas claim two of the top 15 spots among the league’s highest-paid edge rushers.

Leading the pack is Nick Bosa (above) of the 49ers, securing the top position after signing a five-year, $170 million extension last offseason. Josh Allen takes the second spot earning $30 million per year. Brian Burns cashes in at the third spot at $28.2 million per year. After being traded from the Panthers, Burns signed a five-year, $141 million contract with the Giants.

T.J. Watt, the 2021 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, holds the fourth spot, having inked a four-year extension with the Steelers averaging more than $28 million annually. Myles Garrett of the Browns occupies the fifth position, commanding $25 million per year under a five-year, $125 million contract extension signed in 2020.

Top 25 Paid Edge Rushers  

Here is the full list of the top 25 highest-paid NFL edge rushers by average annual value. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 10, 2024
  • Will be updated again: April 17, 2024
RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Nick BosaSan Francisco 49ers$34 million
2Josh AllenJacksonville Jaguars$30 million
3Brian BurnsNew York Giants$28.2 million
4T.J. WattPittsburgh Steelers$28 million
5Myles GarrettCleveland Browns$25 million
T-6Montez SweatChicago Bears$24.5 million
T-6Danielle HunterHouston Texans$24.5 million
8Rashan GaryGreen Bay Packers$24 million
9 Maxx CrosbyLas Vegas Raiders$23.5 million
10Bradley ChubbMiami Dolphins$22 million
11Leonard WilliamsSeattle Seahawks$21.5 million
12 Trey HendricksonCincinnati Bengals$21 million
13Joey BosaLos Angeles Chargers$20.2 million
14 Von MillerBuffalo Bills$20 million
15Khalil MackLos Angeles Chargers$19.2 million
16Jonathan GreenardMinnesota Vikings$19 million
17Harold LandryTennessee Titans$17.5 million
18Dre’Mont JonesSeattle Seahawks$17.2 million
19Bryce HuffPhiladelphia Eagles$17.03 million
20Alex HighsmithPittsburgh Steelers$17 million
21Cameron HeywardPittsburgh Steelers$16.4 million
22Zach AllenDenver Broncos$15.25 million
23Haason ReddickNew York Jets$15 million
24Arik ArmsteadJacksonville Jaguars$14.5 million
25Matt MilanoBuffalo Bills$14.17 million
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