The Highest-Paid Player On Every NFL Team

By on September 29, 2017 in ArticlesEntertainment

The NFL season is underway and we're already seeing some surprises on the gridiron. Something that isn't a surprise is how well paid many NFL players are. Teams will go out of their way to ensure that their top players remain with their franchise and aren't lured away to their rivals. Of course, every NFL team has a salary cap and must stay under that. Of the highest paid players of the 2017 season, only seven quarterbacks claim that spot. On the other 25 teams, 19 are paying a defensive player the most. Well, they do say that defense wins games. By investing in cornerbacks and defensive ends, these teams are sending a message that they are on missions to stop their opposing quarterbacks.

Here are the 32 players who will make the most money on each NFL team this season:

#32. Jason Peters — $11.25 million

Philadelphia Eagles: Left tackle

2017 salary: $3.0 million salary, $8.0 million signing bonus, and $250,000 workout bonus

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#31. Drew Brees — $13 million

New Orleans Saints: Quarterback

2017 salary: $13.0 million salary

#30. Gerald McCoy — $13.25 million

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defensive tackle

2017 salary: $13.25 million salary

#29. Travis Frederick — $14.24 million

Dallas Cowboys: Center

2017 salary: $1.3 million salary, $12.9 restructure bonus

#28. Tyrod Taylor — $14.5 million

Buffalo Bills: Quarterback

2017 salary: $7.5 million salary, $7.0 million signing bonus

#27. Dre Kirkpatrick — $14.9 million

Cincinnati Bengals: Cornerback

2017 salary: $2.55 million salary, $7.0 million signing bonus, and $5.4 million in other bonuses

#26. Muhammad Wilkerson — $15 million

New York Jets: Defensive end

2017 salary: $14.75 million salary, $250,000 workout bonus

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#25. Michael Bennett — $15.5 million

Seattle Seahawks: Defensive end

2017 salary: $6.5 million salary, $9.0 million in bonuses

#24. Von Miller — $16.5 million

Denver Broncos: Outside linebacker

2017 salary: $16.5 million salary

#23. Desmond Trufant — $16.52 million

Atlanta Falcons: Cornerback

2017 salary: $1.5 million salary, $15.0 million signing bonus

#22. Trumaine Johnson — $16.7 million

Los Angeles Rams: Cornerback

2017 salary: $16.7 million salary

#21. Corey Davis — $17 million

Tennessee Titans: Wide Receiver

2017 salary: $465,000 salary, $16.6 million signing bonus

#20. Leonard Fournette — $18.3 million

Jacksonville Jaguars: Running Back

2017 salary: $465,000 salary, $17.9 million signing bonus

#19. Solomon Thomas — $19 million

San Francisco 49ers: Defensive End

2017 salary: $465,000 salary, $18.6 million signing bonus

#18. Mitchell Trubisky — $19.7 million

Chicago Bears: Quarterback

2017 salary: $465,000 salary, $19.3 million signing bonus

#17. Antonio Brown — $19.9 million

Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide Receiver

2017 salary: $910,000 salary, $19.0 million signing bonus

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#16. Ndamukong Suh — $20 million

Miami Dolphins: Defensive Tackle

2017 salary: $10.0 million salary, $10.0 million restructure bonus

#15. Xavier Rhodes — $20 million

Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback

2017 salary: $8.0 million salary, $12.0 million signing bonus

#14. Myles Garrett — $20.723 million

Cleveland Browns:  Defensive End

2017 salary: $465,000 salary, $20.3 million signing bonus

#13. Nick Perry — $20.725 million

Green Bay Packers: Outside Linebacker

2017 salary: $1.3 million salary, $18.5 million signing bonus, $925,000 in other bonuses

#11.(tie) Joe Flacco — $21 million

Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback

2017 salary: $6.0 million salary, $15.0 million signing bonus

#11. (tie) Eric Berry — $21 million

Kansas City Chiefs: Free Safety

2017 salary: $900,000 salary, $20.0 million signing bonus

#10. Chandler Jones — $22 million

Arizona Cardinals: Outside Linebacker

2017 salary: $7.0 million salary, $15.0 million signing bonus

#9. Jason Pierre-Paul — $22.250 million

New York Giants: Defensive End

2017 salary: $1.3 million salary, $20.0 million signing bonus, $1.0 million in other bonuses

#8. Melvin Ingram — $22.75 million

Los Angeles Chargers: Defensive end

2017 salary: $5.0 million salary, $10.5 million signing bonus, and a $7.25 million roster bonus

#7. Stephon Gilmore — $22.9 million

New England Patriots: Cornerback

2017 salary: $4.5 million salary, $18.0 million signing bonus, and $470,000 roster bonus.

#5. (tie) Josh Norman — $24 million

Washington Redskins: Cornerback

2017 salary: $16.5 million salary, $7.0 million signing bonus, and a $500,000 roster bonus

#5. (tie) DeAndre Hopkins — $24 million

Houston Texans: Wide Receiver

2017 salary: $8.0 million salary, $7.5 million signing bonus, and $8.5 million roster bonus

#4. Derek Carr — $25.2 million

Oakland Raiders: Quarterback

2017 salary: $5.0 million salary, $12.5 million signing bonus, and $7.7 million in other bonuses

#3. Kawann Short — $26 million

Carolina Panthers: Defensive Tackle

2017 salary: $6.0 million salary, $20.0 million signing bonus

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#2. Andrew Luck — $27 million

Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback

2017 salary: $7.0 million salary, $14.0 million signing bonus, and a $6.0 million roster bonus

#1. Matthew Stafford — $51 million

Detroit Lions: Quarterback

2017 salary: $1.0 million salary, $50.0 million signing bonus

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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