The NFL’s 25 highest-paid players in 2020, from Patrick Mahomes to Demarcus Lawrence

Listing the NFL’s highest-paid players is an inexact science. Patrick Mahomes’ record contract with the Chiefs, for example, makes him the league’s highest-paid player … in terms of average annual salary and total dollars attached to the deal.

Some argue total guaranteed money at signing is the only number that matters in an NFL contract, and Mahomes does not lead the league in that category. No current NFL contract features more guaranteed money at signing than the $94.5 million the Falcons promised Matt Ryan in 2018.

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 and use total guaranteed money at signing as the tiebreaker. The list, as always, is subject to change.

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

NFL’s highest-paid players

25. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Cowboys

Lawrence is in the second season of a five-year, $105 million contract he signed with the Cowboys in 2019 after having the franchise tag placed on him for the second year in a row.

24. Laremy Tunsil, LT, Texans

Tunsil signed a three-year contract extension with the Texans in 2020 worth $66 million in new money.

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23. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

Jones is in the second season of the three-year, $66 million contract extension he signed with the Falcons in 2019. The extension takes affect next season, and he is signed through 2023.

22. Aaron Donald, DL, Rams

Donald is in the third season of the six-year, $135 million contract extension he signed with the Rams in 2018. He is signed through 2024.

21. Alex Smith, QB, Redskins

Smith is in the third season of his current contract with the Redskins, which was extended with a four-year, $94 million deal after he was traded by the Chiefs in 2018. He is signed through 2022.

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20. Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Bears

Mack is in the third season of his current contract with the Bears, which was extended with a six-year, $141 million deal after he was traded by the Raiders in 2018. He is signed through 2024.

T18: Philip Rivers, QB, Colts

Rivers signed a one-year contract with the Colts in 2020 NFL free agency. The full $25 million is guaranteed and includes a $12 million signing bonus.

T18. Drew Brees, QB, Saints

Brees signed a two-year contract extension with the Saints in 2020 that gave him a $23 million signing bonus. The 2022 and 2023 seasons are void years so New Orleans can prorate that signing bonus; he is under contract through 2021.

17. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

Carr is in the fourth year of his current contract with the Raiders, which was extended with a five-year, $125.025 million deal in 2017.

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T15. Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers

Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers in 2020 NFL free agency. The full $50 million is guaranteed, not including $9 million in available incentives.

T15. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns

Garrett is entering the first year of his new contract with the Browns after cashing in with a five-year deal worth up to $125 million.

14. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

Stafford is in the fourth year of his current contract with the Lions, which was extended with a five-year, $135 million deal in 2017.

13. Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers

Los Angeles not only made Bosa the highest-paid NFL defender in terms of average money per year with his five year-deal, but no defensive player has ever been guaranteed more at signing.

12. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals

A few months after receiving Hopins in a trade with the Texans, the Cardinals extended the wide receiver’s contract with a two-year deal worth $54.5 million in new money.

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11. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers

Garoppolo is in the third season of the five-year, $137.5 million contract he signed with the 49ers in 2018 after he was traded by the Patriots.

10. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans

Tannehill is in the first season of his current contract with the Titans, which was extended with a four-year, $118 million deal in 2020.

9. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

Ryan is in the third season of his current contract with the Falcons, which was extended with a five-year, $150 million deal in 2018. He is signed through 2023.

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8. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Prescott in 2020, and the quarterback signed the tender in late June to guarantee his full 2020 salary.

7. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles

Wentz is in the second season of his current contract with the Eagles, which was extended with a four-year, $128 million deal in 2019. He is signed through 2024.

6. Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

Cousins is in the first season of his current contract with the Vikings, which was extended with a two-year, $66 million deal in 2020. He is signed through 2022.

5. Jared Goff, QB, Rams

Goff is in the second season of his current contract with the Rams, which was extended with a four-year, $134 million deal in 2019. He is signed through 2024.

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4. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

Rodgers is in the third season of his current contract with the Packers, which was extended with a four-year, $134 million deal in 2018. He is signed through 2023.

3. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

Roethlisberger is in the second season of his current contract with the Steelers, which was extended with a two-year, $68 million deal in 2019. He is signed through 2021.

2. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

Wilson is in the second season of his current contract with the Seahawks, which was extended with a four-year, $140 million deal in 2019. He is signed through 2023.

1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

The Chiefs in 2020 signed Mahomes to a 10-year contract extension that will pay him $450 million, a record deal in the NFL.

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