NFL players keep setting record-breaking contracts. Here are the highest-paid players at each position

Ron Jenkins/APEzekiel Elliott became the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

  • In the last two years, players like Russell Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, Julio Jones, and Khalil Mack have signed record-breaking contracts.
  • We looked at the highest-paid player at each position in the NFL based on average annual salary.
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In the NFL, contract negotiations often come down to players wanting to be the highest-paid at their position to reset the market for the next star contract.

This year, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott held ou of training camp to get a new contract and top Todd Gurley as the highest-paid running back. He was successful, signing a six-year, $US90 million contract.

We took a look at the highest-paid players at each position, based on average average annual salary, with the help of Spotrac. While quarterbacks, of course, are the highest-paid players, pass-rushers appear to be the next most-valuable position, based on their high salaries.

Check out the highest-paid player at 16 different positions below.


Quarterback: Russell Wilson — $US35 million

Gregory Bull/APRussell Wilson.

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Age: 30

Total contract: Four years, $US140 million

Next highest-paid QB: Ben Roethlisberger, $US34 million per year


Running back: Ezekiel Elliott — $US15 millionn

Ron Jenkins/APEzekiel Elliott.

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 24

Total contract: Six years, $US90 million

Next highest-paid RB: Todd Gurley, $US14.3 million per year


Wide receiver: Julio Jones — $US22 million

Jason E. Miczek/APJulio Jones.

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Age: 30

Total contract: Three years, $US66 million

Next highest-paid WR: Michael Thomas, $US19.2 million per year


Tight end: Jimmy Graham — $US10 million

John McCoy/Getty ImagesJimmy Graham.

Team: Green Bay Packers

Age: 32

Total contract: Three years, $US30 million

Next highest-paid TE: Travis Kelce, $US9.3 million per year


Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk — $US5.2 million

Julio Aguilar/Getty ImagesKyle Juszczyk.

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Age: 28

Total contract: Four years, $US21 million

Next highest-paid FB: Patrick DiMarco, $US2.1 million per year


Offensive tackle: Trent Brown — $US16.5 million

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesTrent Brown.

Team: Oakland Raiders

Age: 26

Total contract: Four years, $US66 million

Next highest-paid OT: Taylor Lewan, $US16 million per year


Offensive guard: Zack Martin — $US14 million

Steve Nurenberg/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS/Getty ImagesZack Martin.

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 28

Total contract: Six years, $US84 million

Next highest-paid OG: Andrew Norwell, $US13.3 million per year


Centre: Rodney Hudson — $US11.2 million

Gail Burton/APRodney Hudson.

Team: Oakland Raiders

Age: 30

Total contract: Three years, $US33.7 million

Next highest-paid centre: Mitch Norse, $US11.1 million per year


Defensive tackle: Aaron Donald — $US22.5 million

Kelvin Kuo/APAaron Donald.

Team: Los Angeles Rams

Age: 28

Total contract: 6 years, $US135 million

Next highest-paid DT: Fletcher Cox, $US17.1 million per year


Defensive end: DeMarcus Lawrence — $US21 million

Andrew Dieb/Getty ImagesDeMarcus Lawrence.

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 27

Total contract: Five years, $US105 million

Next highest-paid DE: Frank Clark, $US20.8 million per year


Linebacker: Khalil Mack — $US23.5 million

AP Photo/D. Ross CameronKhalil Mack.

Team: Chicago Bears

Age: 28

Total contract: Six years, $US141 million

Next highest-paid LB: Von Miller, $US19 million per year


Cornerback: Xavien Howard — $US15.05 million

Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesXavien Howard.

Team: Miami Dolphins

Age: 26

Total contract: Five years, $US75.2 million

Next highest-paid CB: Josh Norman, $US15 million per year


Safety: Kevin Byard — $US14.1 million

Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesKevin Byard.

Team: Tennessee Titans

Age: 26

Total contract: Five years, $US70.5 million

Next highest-paid safety: Landon Collins, $US14 million per year


Kicker: Justin Tucker — $US5 million

Patrick Smith/GettyJustin Tucker.

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Age: 29

Total contract: Four years, $US20 million

Next highest-paid kicker: Robbie Gould, $US4.75 million per year


Punter: Thomas Morstead — $US3.9 million

Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesThomas Morstead.

Team: New Orleans Saints

Age: 33

Total contract: Four years, $US15.8 million

Next highest-paid punter: Sam Martin, $US3.4 million per year


Long snapper: Beau Brinkley — $US1.28 million

Mark Humphrey/APBeau Brinkley.

Team: Tennessee Titans

Age: 29

Total contract: Four years, $US5.1 million

Next highest-paid long snapper: Luke Rhodes, $US1.2 million per year


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