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How Much Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Other QBs Make Per Career TD Thrown

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NFL quarterbacks don’t get paid by the touchdown, but perhaps they should. No end-zone bomb would be possible without linemen blocking, tight ends running decoy routes and running backs selling play-action fakes. But in the end, it’s touchdowns that run up scores, win games, sell jerseys and keep televisions tuned into the game and their big-dollar advertisers.

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Using player salary and statistical data, GOBankingRates determined how much money each of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks make per touchdown based on their career earnings divided by their total combined passing touchdowns. All stats were taken from before the start of the 2020 season.

Readers might assume that giants of the sport like Tom Brady and Drew Brees are shoo-ins for the top spots, but they’re actually in the bottom third of the list. That’s because those veterans have their 1,000-plus combined touchdowns spread out across salaries paid out over two decades each. Some young guns in the league landed massive salaries and bonuses just a year or two and a handful of touchdowns into their careers, which comes out to much more cash per end-zone toss.

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Here’s a look at what the NFL’s quarterbacks earn per touchdown, from emerging superstars to iconic Hall of Famers with money to burn.

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2021

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Joe Burrow

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • Seasons played: 0
  • Career earnings: $0
  • Career passing touchdowns: 0
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $0

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Gardner Minshew

  • Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Seasons played: 1
  • Career earnings: $685,884
  • Career passing touchdowns: 21
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $32,661

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Dak Prescott

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Seasons played: 4
  • Career earnings: $4,903,172
  • Career passing touchdowns: 97
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $50,548

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Lamar Jackson

  • Team: Baltimore Ravens
  • Seasons played: 2
  • Career earnings: $6,450,981
  • Career passing touchdowns: 42
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $153,595
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Deshaun Watson

  • Team: Houston Texans
  • Seasons played: 3
  • Career earnings: $11,438,115
  • Career passing touchdowns: 71
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $161,100

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Patrick Mahomes

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Seasons played: 3
  • Career earnings: $13,720,931
  • Career passing touchdowns: 76
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $180,539
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Ryan Fitzpatrick

  • Team: Miami Dolphins
  • Seasons played: 15
  • Career earnings: $63,541,098
  • Career passing touchdowns: 210
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $302,577

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Carson Wentz

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Seasons played: 4
  • Career earnings: $39,676,339
  • Career passing touchdowns: 97
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $409,034
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Tom Brady

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Seasons played: 20
  • Career earnings: $235,166,804
  • Career passing touchdowns: 541
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $434,689
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Drew Brees

  • Team: New Orleans Saints
  • Seasons played: 19
  • Career earnings: $244,710,422
  • Career passing touchdowns: 547
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $447,368
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Russell Wilson

  • Team: Seattle Seahawks
  • Seasons played: 8
  • Career earnings: $109,362,520
  • Career passing touchdowns: 227
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $481,773
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Baker Mayfield

  • Team: Cleveland Browns
  • Seasons played: 2
  • Career earnings: $24,326,411
  • Career passing touchdowns: 49
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $496,457

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Derek Carr

  • Team: Las Vegas Raiders
  • Seasons played: 6
  • Career earnings: $72,010,601
  • Career passing touchdowns: 143
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $503,571
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Mitchell Trubisky

  • Team: Chicago Bears
  • Seasons played: 3
  • Career earnings: $24,635,710
  • Career passing touchdowns: 48
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $513,244
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Josh Allen

  • Team: Buffalo Bills
  • Seasons played: 2
  • Career earnings: $15,460,561
  • Career passing touchdowns: 30
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $515,352

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Drew Lock

  • Team: Denver Broncos
  • Seasons played: 1
  • Career earnings: $3,613,776
  • Career passing touchdowns: 7
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $516,254
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Teddy Bridgewater

  • Team: Carolina Panthers
  • Seasons played: 6
  • Career earnings: $20,100,283
  • Career passing touchdowns: 38
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $528,955
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Ryan Tannehill

  • Team: Tennessee Titans
  • Seasons played: 8
  • Career earnings: $77,975,979
  • Career passing touchdowns: 145
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $537,765
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Philip Rivers

  • Team: Indianapolis Colts
  • Seasons played: 16
  • Career earnings: $218,917,656
  • Career passing touchdowns: 397
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $551,430

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Jared Goff

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams
  • Seasons played: 4
  • Career earnings: $49,677,990
  • Career passing touchdowns: 87
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $571,011
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Aaron Rodgers

  • Team: Green Bay Packers
  • Seasons played: 15
  • Career earnings: $219,364,529
  • Career passing touchdowns: 364
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $602,650
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Sam Darnold

  • Team: New York Jets
  • Seasons played: 2
  • Career earnings: $22,413,233
  • Career passing touchdowns: 36
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $622,590
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Ben Roethlisberger

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Seasons played: 16
  • Career earnings: $227,286,864
  • Career passing touchdowns: 363
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $626,135

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Kirk Cousins

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings
  • Seasons played: 8
  • Career earnings: $100,640,630
  • Career passing touchdowns: 155
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $649,294
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Cam Newton

  • Team: New England Patriots
  • Seasons played: 9
  • Career earnings: $121,393,521
  • Career passing touchdowns: 182
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $666,997
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Matt Ryan

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons
  • Seasons played: 12
  • Career earnings: $223,472,535
  • Career passing touchdowns: 321
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $696,176
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Daniel Jones

  • Team: New York Giants
  • Seasons played: 1
  • Career earnings: $17,179,768
  • Career passing touchdowns: 24
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $715,824
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Matthew Stafford

  • Team: Detroit Lions
  • Seasons played: 11
  • Career earnings: $210,978,969
  • Career passing touchdowns: 256
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $824,137
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Tyrod Taylor

  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Seasons played: 9
  • Career earnings: $49,301,548
  • Career passing touchdowns: 54
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $912,992
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Kyler Murray

  • Team: Arizona Cardinals
  • Seasons played: 1
  • Career earnings: $24,119,294
  • Career passing touchdowns: 20
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $1,205,965
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Dwayne Haskins Jr.

  • Team: Washington Football Team
  • Seasons played: 1
  • Career earnings: $8,999,808
  • Career passing touchdowns: 7
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $1,285,687
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Jimmy Garoppolo

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers
  • Seasons played: 6
  • Career earnings: $64,058,637
  • Career passing touchdowns: 44
  • Amount made per passing touchdown: $1,455,878

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Methodology: GOBankingRates used ESPN’s 2020 NFL depth charts for all 32 teams to find the starting quarterback for every NFL team in order to find how much each quarterback has made per career touchdown thrown. Once the 32 starting quarterbacks were found, GOBankingRates found the following factors for each: (1) seasons played as sourced from Spotrac; (2) total career earnings as sourced from Spotrac; (3) total career passing touchdowns as sourced from Pro Football Reference; and (4) dollar ($) per passing touchdown found by dividing factor (2) by (3). All data were collected on and up to date as of Aug. 24, 2020.