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Here’s How Much Aaron Rodgers and the Highest-Paid Players on Every NFL Team Make

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Player contracts in the National Football League are complex, and all 32 teams employ experts who work to put together rosters that fit the team’s needs on the field and their “budgets” off of it. A team’s budget actually is the league’s salary cap, which is the limit it can pay the 53 players on the roster combined. The salary cap for the 2022 season is $208.2 million.

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Although that sounds like a lot of cash to throw around to players, it really isn’t when you consider teams could have just one player whose pay in one year can account for 10% — or much more — of a team’s salary cap. That’s why teams feature a mix of players earning superstar money, well-compensated veterans, and lower-paid rookies along with layers plucked from the waiver wire.

A salary cap “hit,” as it is called, is more than just a player’s base pay. It accounts for various components of a player’s contract, including salary, plus signing bonuses spread across the life of the contract as well as other bonuses and incentives. 

As you watch your favorite teams during the 2022 NFL season, just which players are earning the most cash, and how much of that precious salary cap are they gobbling up? GOBankingRates ranked the highest-paid player on each NFL team according to their salary cap hit for the 2022 season.

Take a closer look at who earns the most on your favorite NFL squad.

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Seattle Seahawks

  • Player: Poona Ford
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 cap hit: $10,075,000
  • 2022 base salary: $7,900,000

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Miami Dolphins

  • Player: Emmanuel Ogbah
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 cap hit: $11,350,000
  • 2022 base salary: $4,000,000
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Cleveland Browns

  • Player: Myles Garrett
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 cap hit: $12,961,000
  • 2022 base salary: $1,035,000
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New Orleans Saints

  • Player: Michael Thomas
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 cap hit: $13,048,000
  • 2022 base salary: $1,035,000
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San Francisco 49ers

  • Player: Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $13,991,176
  • 2022 base salary: $6,500,000
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Cincinnati Bengals

  • Player: Trey Hendrickson
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 cap hit: $14,488,235
  • 2022 base salary: $5,800,000
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Buffalo Bills

  • Player: Tre’Davious White
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 cap hit: $16,403,755
  • 2022 base salary: $9,950,000
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Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Player: Shaquill Griffin
  • Position: Cornerback
  • 2022 cap hit: $16,441,176
  • 2022 base salary: $11,500,000
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New England Patriots

  • Player: Matt Judon
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 cap hit: $16,500,000
  • 2022 base salary: $1,100,000
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Chicago Bears

  • Player: Robert Quinn
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 cap hit: $17,137,500
  • 2022 base salary: $12,800,000

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New York Jets

  • Player: C.J. Moseley
  • Position: Inside linebacker
  • 2022 cap hit: $17,500,000
  • 2022 base salary: $16,000,000
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Houston Texans

  • Player: Laremy Tunsil
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 cap hit: $17,708,988
  • 2022 base salary: $1,035,000
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Philadelphia Eagles

  • Player: Javon Hargrave
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 cap hit: $17,802,000
  • 2022 base salary: $12,750,000
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Arizona Cardinals

  • Player: DeAndre Hopkins
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • 2022 cap hit: $17,950,000
  • 2022 base salary: $6,650,000
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Player: Donovan Smith
  • Position: Left tackle
  • 2022 cap hit: $18,400,000
  • 2022 base salary: $15,750,000
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Indianapolis Colts

  • Player: Matt Ryan
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $18,705,882
  • 2022 base salary: $5,205,882
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Carolina Panthers

  • Player: Sam Darnold
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $18,858,000
  • 2022 base salary: $18,858,000
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Las Vegas Raiders

  • Player: Derek Carr
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $19,352,519
  • 2022 base salary: $17,377,529
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Dallas Cowboys

  • Player: Dak Prescott
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $19,730,000
  • 2022 base salary: $1,600,000
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Atlanta Falcons

  • Player: Deion Jones
  • Position: Inside linebacker
  • 2022 cap hit: $20,018,431
  • 2022 base salary: $9,640,000

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Baltimore Ravens

  • Player: Lamar Jackon
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $23,016,000
  • 2022 base salary: $23,016,000
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Denver Broncos

  • Player: Russell Wilson
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $24,000,000
  • 2022 base salary: $19,000,000
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Los Angeles Rams

  • Player: Aaron Donald
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • 2022 cap hit: $24,000,000
  • 2022 base salary: $1,500,000
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New York Giants

  • Player: Leonard Williams
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 cap hit: $27,300,000
  • 2022 base salary: $19,000,000
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Los Angeles Chargers

  • Player: Joey Bosa
  • Position: Defensive end
  • 2022 cap hit: $28,250,000
  • 2022 base salary: $21,250,000
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Washington Commanders

  • Player: Carson Wentz
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $28,294,119
  • 2022 base salary: $22,000,001
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Green Bay Packers

  • Player: Aaron Rodgers
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $28,533,569
  • 2022 base salary: $1,150,000
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Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Player: T.J. Watt
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • 2022 cap hit: $31,118,694
  • 2022 base salary: $24,000,000
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Detroit Lions

  • Player: Jared Goff
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $31,150,000
  • 2022 base salary: $10,650,000
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Minnesota Vikings

  • Player: Kirk Cousins
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $31,416,668
  • 2022 base salary: $5,000,000
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Kansas City Chiefs

  • Player: Patrick Mahomes
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $35,793,381
  • 2022 base salary: $1,500,000
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Tennessee Titans

  • Player: Ryan Tannehill
  • Position: Quarterback
  • 2022 cap hit: $38,600,000
  • 2022 base salary: $29,000,000

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Jami Farkas and Joel Anderson contributed to the reporting for this article. 

Methodology: In order to find the highest-paid player on every NFL team, GOBankingRates used Spotrac’s salary rankings data for the 2022 NFL season. The highest-paid player on each team was determined in terms of cap hit. For each highest-paid player their base salary for the corresponding season was also included as supplemental data. All data and figures were collected and are up to date as of Aug. 24, 2022.