NFL's Top 5 highest-paid players (based on annual salaries) are all quarterbacks

5 things to know about NFL’s highest-paid player and Falcons

Russell Wilson’s record deal with the Seattle Seahawks makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Wilson’s per year average of $35 million tops Aaron Rodgers’ average annual salary of $33.5 million and Matt Ryan’s $30 million-a-year extension he signed in 2018. 

Ryan’s deal pays the Falcons’ quarterback $150 million over five seasons — $100 million guaranteed.

Nine of the NFL’s 10 best-paid players are quarterbacks. Three have played in a Super Bowl, just two have won one. Only Rodgers and Ryan have been named league MVPs.

Chicago linebacker Khalil Mack is the only non-quarterback among the best paid players, raking in $23.5 million a season. 

Here are the NFL’s new list of top five best players (based on average annual salary): 

1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks: $35 million
Guaranteed: $107 million 

2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: $33.5 million 
Guaranteed: $103 million 

3. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: $30 million 
Guaranteed: $100 million 

4. Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings: $28 million 
Guaranteed: $84 million 

5. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers: $27.5 million 
Guaranteed: $48.7 million

The Falcons will face three of the top 5 best-paid players (Wilson, Cousins, Garoppolo) in the 2019 season.

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