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The 25 Highest-Paid NFL Running Backs

  • 49ers superstar Christian McCaffrey is the highest-paid NFL running back making just over $16 million annually.
  • During the 2023 free-agency period, no free-agent running back was able to hit $7 million in annual salary.
NFL running back Christian McCaffrey
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The NFL’s running back position has struggled recently with getting a fair piece of the league’s expanding economic pie.

During the 2023 free-agency period, no free-agent running back was able to hit $7 million in annual salary this past offseason, and the number of backs earning at least $12 million has fallen from eight in ’22 to six now.

There are some running backs who were able to cash in on their value.

49ers superstar Christian McCaffrey, who signed a four-year, $64 million extension in 2020, tops the list as the league’s highest-paid running back.

Five-time Pro Bowler Alvin Kamara comes in at second on the list at $15 million per year. He signed a five-year, $75 million extension with the Saints in 2020. Following Kamara is Jonathan Taylor, who reached a three-year, $42 million extension with the Colts earlier this year.

Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb round out the top five at $12.6 million and $12.2 million, respectively. Barkley opened 2024 free agency signing a three-year, $37.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Chubb signed a three-year, $36 million extension with the Browns in 2021.

Top 25 Paid Running Backs 

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

  • Updated: April 10, 2024
  • Will be updated again: April 17, 2024

RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Christian McCaffreySan Francisco 49ers$16 million
2 Alvin KamaraNew Orleans Saints$15 million
3Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts$14 million
4Saquon BarkleyPhiladelphia Eagles$12.6 million
5Nick ChubbCleveland Browns$12.2 million
6Josh JacobsGreen Bay Packers$12 million
7Joe MixonHouston Texans$8.5 million
T-8Derrick HenryBaltimore Ravens$8 million
T-8D’Andre SwiftChicago Bears$8 million
10Tony PollardTennessee Titans$7.25 million
T-11James ConnerArizona Cardinals$7 million
T-11Aaron JonesMinnesota Vikings$7 million
13Miles SandersCarolina Panthers$6.35 million
14David MontgomeryDetroit Lions$6 million
15Devin SingletaryNew York Giants$5.5 million
16Bijan RobinsonAtlanta Falcons$5.48 million
17Jahmyr GibbsDetroit Lions$4.5 million
18Austin EkelerWashington Commanders$4.2 million
T-19Zack MossCincinnati Bengals$4 million
T-19Jamaal WilliamsNew Orleans Saints$4 million
T-21Samaje PerineDenver Broncos$3.75 million
T-21Antonio GibsonNew England Patriots$3.75 million
23Najee Harris Pittsburgh Steelers$3.3 million
24Gus EdwardsLos Angeles Chargers$3.25 million
25Travis EtienneJacksonville Jaguars$3.2 million
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