NFL teams heading into the 2023 season have constructed their rosters under a record $224.8 million salary cap, an increase of $16.6 million from the league’s 2022 salary cap.
The NFL also approached $20 billion in revenue last season. It was far from the only financial record set in the league as three franchise quarterbacks, all aged 25 or 26, signed five-year contracts this offseason that marked all-time high average-annual salaries for an NFL player.
First came Jalen Hurts signing a then-record five-year, $255M deal with the Eagles ($51M average) in April, followed by the Ravens extending Lamar Jackson a couple of weeks later for $260M ($52M average). Finally, Justin Herbert set the current record in July with his $262.5M extension with the Chargers worth $52.5 million per season.
Regardless of average annual salary, below are the 25 highest-paid NFL players for 2023 when considering their salary and bonuses for the season. Data was compiled from Spotrac.
|1||Lamar Jackson, QB||Baltimore Ravens||$80 million|
|2||Deshaun Watson QB||Cleveland Browns||$46 million|
|3||Daniel Jones QB||New York Giants||$46 million|
|4||Patrick Mahomes QB||Kansas City Chiefs||$40.45 million|
|5||Kyler Murray QB||Arizona Cardinals||$39 million|
|6||Aaron Rodgers QB||New York Jets||$36.8 million|
|7||Chris Lindstrom G||Atlanta Falcons||$35.7 million|
|8||Orlando Brown Jr LT||Cincinnati Bengals||$33.7 million|
|9||Laremy Tunsil LT||Houston Texans||$32.4 million|
|10||Daron Payne DT||Washington Commanders||$31.01 million|
|11||Dak Prescott QB||Dallas Cowboys||$31 million|
|12||Derek Carr QB||New Orleans Saints||$30 million|
|13||Kirk Cousins QB||Minnesota Vikings||$30 million|
|14||Aaron Donald DT||Los Angeles Rams||$28.5 million|
|15||Russell Wilson QB||Denver Broncos||$28 million|
|16||Josh Allen QB||Buffalo Bills||$28 million|
|17||Geno Smith QB||Seattle Seahawks||$27.5 million|
|18||Matthew Stafford QB||Los Angeles Rams||$27.5 million|
|19||Roquan Smith ILB||Baltimore Ravens||$27 million|
|20||Ryan Tannehill QB||Tennessee Titans||$27 million|
|21||Davante Adams WR||Las Vegas Raiders||$26.6 million|
|22||Tyreek Hill WR||Miami Dolphins||$26.3 million|
|23||Quinnen Williams DT||New York Jets||$26.1 million|
|24||Jared Goff QB||Detroit Lions||$25.9 million|
|25||Jeffery Simmons DT||Tennessee Titans||$25.5 million|