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Top 10 Highest-Paid NFL Quarterbacks for 2024

  • Joe Burrow’s $275 million deal makes him the league’s highest-paid player by average annual salary at $55 million.
  • Burrow’s deal is still nearly $200 million less than the 10-year, $450 million contract given to Patrick Mahomes.
The Enquirer

Joe Burrow’s $275 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals in the 11th hour before the 2023 season kickoff made him the fourth quarterback this past offseason to earn the title of the NFL highest-paid player.

Burrow’s five-year extension will pay him $55 million per year, the highest average annual salary for any player in the league, keeping him from free agency until 2030. His deal followed five-year extensions signed in 2023 by the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts ($51 million AAV), Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson ($52 million AAV), and Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert ($52.5 million) that all held the short-lived titles of being the NFL’s highest-paid player.

Burrow, 26, follows a trend of NFL stars signing extensions before they hit the open market. While this can be particularly lucrative for franchise quarterbacks more than other positions, NFL player agent Blake Baratz told Front Office Sports in June that the league’s controversial franchise tag prevented players from reaching free agency. 

“Getting to free agency in the NFL is the hardest thing to do. None of the good players get to free agency,” Baratz said. “Saquon Barkley can’t get there, Davante Adams never got there, Patrick Mahomes isn’t getting there. Josh Allen isn’t getting there. Justin Herbert’s not gonna get there, Joe Burrow’s not gonna get there. It’s hard to get to free agency when you have a mechanism to keep a player at a fraction of their value. Lamar Jackson was the unanimous MVP and couldn’t get there.”

Highest-Paid QBs for 2024 

Here are the highest-paid quarterbacks by average annual value according to data compiled by Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 10, 2024
  • Will be updated again: April 17, 2024
Rank  PlayerTeamCompensation
1Joe BurrowCincinnati Bengals$55 million
2Justin Herbert      Los Angeles Chargers$52.5 million
3Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens$52 million
4Jalen HurtsPhiladelphia Eagles$51 million
5Kyler MurrayArizona Cardinals$46.1 million
6Deshaun WatsonCleveland Browns$46 million
T-7Kirk CousinsAtlanta Falcons$45 million
T-7Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs$45 million
9Josh AllenBuffalo Bills$43 million
T-10Daniel JonesNew York Giants$40 million
T-10Matthew StaffordLos Angeles Rams$40 million
T-10Dak PrescottDallas Cowboys$40 million
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