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Derrick Henry, Aaron Donald and 48 More of the Highest-Paid NFL Players Who Aren’t Quarterbacks

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Ask even the most casual observer of football who the most important player on the team is and you’ll get the same answer: quarterback. However, ask them to rattle off the next one and you’ll suddenly find wildly divergent opinions. A workhorse running back? A sure-handed receiver? A defensive end to get at the opponent’s quarterback? Or a left tackle to protect your own?

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Aside from the quarterback, there’s no consensus on which position is the most essential. The right player at the right position can make or break a game, but depending on the game, that can be just about any position.

There is, however, one way to get a good measure as to just how valuable a player is to his team. Player salaries in today’s NFL are determined after hundreds of hours of careful scouting and statistical analysis, and those getting paid the biggest bucks are game-changers at a team’s position of need.

To better illustrate this, GOBankingRates compiled the 50 highest-paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL. By perusing which positions pop up the most often, you can also get a better sense of the ones that matter the most to the people making decisions for NFL teams. Check out which non-quarterbacks are making the most. 

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Frank Clark

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $13,700,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $3,725,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $7,475,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $900,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $1,600,000 

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Quenton Nelson

  • Team: Indianapolis Colts
  • Position: Guard
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $13,754,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: N/A
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: N/A
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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William Jackson

  • Team: Washington Commanders
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $13,812,500
  • 2022 Base Salary: $5,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $5,562,500
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $250,000
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Bradley Chubb

  • Team: Denver Broncos
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $13,926,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $13,926,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: N/A
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Trent Williams

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $13,987,647
  • 2022 Base Salary: $7,250,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $6,020,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $617,647
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $100,000
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Mike Williams

  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $7,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $7,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 

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DeMarcus Lawrence

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $3,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $8,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $3,000,000
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Trey Hendrickson

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,488,235
  • 2022 Base Salary: $5,800,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $6,188,235
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Romeo Okwara

  • Team: Detroit Lions
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,500,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Taylor Lewan

  • Team: Tennessee Titans
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,693,791
  • 2022 Base Salary: $12,900,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $1,793,971
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Budda Baker

  • Team: Arizona Cardinals
  • Position: Safety
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,775,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $1,775,000
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Lavonte David

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,785,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $12,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,285,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A
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Nelson Agholor

  • Team: New England Patriots
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $14,882,345
  • 2022 Base Salary: $9,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $5,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $882,345
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 

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Hunter Henry

  • Team: New England Patriots
  • Position: Tight end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $9,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $5,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $1,000,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Derrick Henry

  • Team: Tennessee Titans
  • Position: Running back
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $12,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Eddie Jackson

  • Team: Chicago Bears
  • Position: Safety
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,090,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,400,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $1,690,000 
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Jake Matthews

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,189,200
  • 2022 Base Salary: $1,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $5,289,200
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $8,400,000 
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Carl Lawson

  • Team: New York Jets
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,333,333
  • 2022 Base Salary: $15,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $333,333
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Marcus Peters

  • Team: Baltimore Ravens
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,500,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $10,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $3,500,000 
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Lane Johnson

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Position: Right tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,763,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $7,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $600,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $8,163,000 

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J.J. Watt

  • Team: Arizona Cardinals
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $15,900,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,250,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,400,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $2,250,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A
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DeForest Buckner

  • Team: Indianapolis Colts
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $16,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: N/A
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $5,000,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Tre’Davious White

  • Team: Buffalo Bills
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $16,403,755
  • 2022 Base Salary: $9,950,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,100,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $661,755
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $3,692,000
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Shaquill Griffin

  • Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $16,441,176
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $4,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $441,176
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $500,000
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Matt Judon

  • Team: New England Patriots
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $16,500,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $11,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $4,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $1,000,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Orlando Brown, Jr.

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $16,662,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $16,662,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: N/A
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Robert Quinn

  • Team: Chicago Bears
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,137,500
  • 2022 Base Salary: $12,800,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,100,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $1,237,500
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 

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Cameron Heyward

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,406,250
  • 2022 Base Salary: $6,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $4,050,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $4,500,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $2,356,250 
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C.J. Moseley

  • Team: New York Jets
  • Position: Inside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,500,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $16,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $1,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Tyron Smith

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,505,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $13,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: N/A
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $4,005,000 
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Laremy Tunsil

  • Team: Houston Texans
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,707,988
  • 2022 Base Salary: $1,035,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,250,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $13,422,988 
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Cooper Kupp

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,800,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $10,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $5,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $2,300,000 
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Javon Hargrave

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,802,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $12,750,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,450,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $2,602,000 
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DeAndre Hopkins

  • Team: Arizona Cardinals
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $17,950,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $6,650,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $5,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $5,800,000 

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Ezekiel Elliott

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Position: Running back
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $18,220,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $12,400,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $1,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $4,320,000 
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Donovan Smith

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $18,400,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $15,750,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,650,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Ronnie Stanley

  • Team: Baltimore Ravens
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $18,552,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $9,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $4,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $4,552,000 
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Justin Simmons

  • Team: Denver Broncos
  • Position: Free safety
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $18,850,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $15,100,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,750,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Taylor Decker

  • Team: Detroit Lions
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $18,900,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $14,750,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $1,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $2,650,000 
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Keenan Allen

  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $19,200,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $16,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,700,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Bud Dupree

  • Team: Tennessee Titans
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $19,200,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $16,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,200,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 

Deion Jones

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons
  • Position: Inside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $20,018,431
  • 2022 Base Salary: $9,640,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $2,200,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $5,037,647
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $1,750,000
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Garett Bolles

  • Team: Denver Broncos
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $21,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $17,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $4,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Kenny Golladay

  • Team: New York Giants
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $21,150,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $13,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $3,400,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $4,500,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $250,000
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Jalen Ramsey

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $23,200,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $15,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $5,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $3,200,000 
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Aaron Donald

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $24,000,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $1,500,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $13,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $5,000,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $4,500,000
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Leonard Williams

  • Team: New York Giants
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $27,300,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $19,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $7,500,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Joey Bosa

  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $28,250,000
  • 2022 Base Salary: $21,250,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $7,000,000
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 
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Chris Jones

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $29,415,667
  • 2022 Base Salary: $3,750,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: N/A
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: $18,124,000
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: $7,541,667
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T.J. Watt

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 Cap Hit: $31,118,694
  • 2022 Base Salary: $24,000,000
  • 2022 Signing Bonus Pay: $7,118,694
  • 2022 Roster Bonus: N/A
  • 2022 Miscellaneous Pay: N/A 

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Joel Anderson contributed to the reporting for this article. 

Methodology: GOBankingRates, in order to determine the 50 highest-paid NFL players who aren’t quarterbacks, used Spotrac’s NFL salary rankings took the 50 players with the highest cap hit for the 2022 season and ranked them from highest to lowest total cap hit. For the top 50 highest paid non-quarterbacks GOBankingRates also found (where applicable) each players 2022 base salary, 2022 signing bonuses, 2022 roster bonuses, and 2022 miscellaneous pay including restructuring, contract incentives, and workout bonuses. All data was collected and is up to date as of Aug. 23, 2022.