You Won't Believe How Much More Money NFL Quarterbacks Make Than Their Teammates

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning signed a contract extension prior to the season making him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

But in the NFL, where a big-time quarterback means everything, paying a signal-caller a lot of money is not unusual.

But how does Manning’s salary compare to the highest-paid at other positions? Obviously he is making a lot more than any punter or place kicker. But what about linebackers and linemen?

Figures include 2011 salaries and any bonuses paid in 2011. Data via,, and various reports from Yahoo! Sports and

HIGHEST PAID QUARTERBACK: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts - $23.0 million

HIGHEST PAID WIDE RECEIVER: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals - $21.5 million

HIGHEST PAID LINEBACKER: Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers - $21.3 million

HIGHEST PAID DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Richard Seymour, Oakland Raiders - $15.0 million

HIGHEST PAID OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns - $14.0 million

HIGHEST PAID RUNNING BACK: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans - $13.0 million

HIGHEST PAID DEFENSIVE BACK: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets - $12.0 million

HIGHEST PAID TIGHT END: Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $9.5 million

HIGHEST PAID KICKER: Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders - $4.9 million

HIGHEST PAID PUNTER: Michael Koenen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $3.3 million

Now take a look at the quarterbacks who will get paid in the next decade

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