NFL's 25 highest-paid players

  • NFL's 25 highest-paid players

    Listing the NFL's highest-paid players is an inexact science. Jimmy Garoppolo's contract with the 49ers when he signed it, for example, made him the league's highest-paid player ... in terms of average annual salary. Some might argue total guaranteed money at signing is the only number that matters in an NFL contract.

    For the purpose of this list, though, Sporting News will stick with average annual salary as the determining factor in ranking the NFL's highest-paid players. The list, as always, is subject to change.

    Tip of the cap to our friends over at Overthecap.com for the contract figures.

  • 1 Olivier Vernon, DE, Giants

    Average annual salary: $17 million

    Guaranteed: $40 million

  • 2 Fletcher Cox, DL, Eagles

    Average annual salary: $17.1 million

    Guaranteed: $36.299 million

  • 3 Ziggy Ansah, DE, Lions

    Average annual salary: $17.143 million (franchise tag)

    Guaranteed: $0

  • 4 Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Cowboys

    Average annual salary: $17.143 million (Franchise tag)

    Guaranteed: $17.143 million

  • 5 Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars

    Average annual salary: $17,483,500

    Guaranteed: $26.5 million

  • 6 Case Keenum, QB, Broncos

    Average annual salary: $18 million

    Guaranteed: $25 million

  • 7 Von Miller, OLB, Broncos

    Average annual salary: $19.083 million

    Guaranteed: $42 million

  • 8 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

    Average annual salary: $19.25 million

    Guaranteed: $21.5 million

  • 9 Sam Bradford, QB, Cardinals

    Average annual salary: $20 million

    Guaranteed: $15 million

  • 10 Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

    Average annual salary: $20.5 million

    Guaranteed: $28 million

  • 11 Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

    Average annual salary: $20.75 million

    Guaranteed: $42 million

  • 12 Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

    Average annual salary: $20.76 million

    Guaranteed: $41 million

  • 13 Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

    Average annual salary: $20.813 million

    Guaranteed: $37.5 million

  • 14 Eli Manning, QB, Giants

    Average annual salary: $21 million

    Guaranteed: $36.5 million

  • 15 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

    Average annual salary: $21.85 million

    Guaranteed: $32.25 million

  • 16 Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

    Average annual salary: $21.9 million

    Guaranteed: $31.7 million

  • 17 Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

    Average annual salary: $22 million

    Guaranteed: $54 million

  • 18 Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

    Average annual salary: $22.13 million

    Guaranteed: $44 million

  • 19 Alex Smith, QB, Redskins

    Average annual salary: $23.5 million

    Guaranteed: $55 million

  • 20 Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

    Average annual salary: $24.594 million

    Guaranteed: $47 million

  • 21 Drew Brees, QB, Saints

    Average annual salary: $25 million

    Guaranteed: $27 million

  • 22 Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

    Average annual salary: $25 million

    Guaranteed: $40 million

  • 23 Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

    Average annual salary: $27 million

    Guaranteed: $60.5 million

  • 24 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers

    Average annual salary: $27.5 million

    Guaranteed: $48.7 million

  • 25 Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

    Average annual salary: $28 million

    Guaranteed: $84 million