Which QB makes the most guaranteed money in NFL history? exploring the list of highest paid players for every NFL positions

In the ever-evolving landscape of the NFL, player’s contracts with their respective franchises continue to reach unprecedented heights and guaranteed money is regarded as one of the most crucial factors in determining an athlete’s financial security among other intriguing facets of these contracts as it is considered to be an indicator of a team’s commitment and confidence in a player.

Being the most important players on the field, quarterbacks had been enjoying substantial contracts with lucrative guaranteed amounts, however, which QB holds the title of making the most guaranteed money in NFL history?

Let’s delve into the list of the highest-paid players for every NFL position to find out.

Which QB has the most guaranteed money in NFL history?

The Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is making more guaranteed money than any NFL quarterback in the league as the franchise handed a fully guaranteed $230 million contract to entice their star player to approve a trade from Houston where no one else has even $200M.

The Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts respectively rank second and third in this category with $185 million and $179.3 million. However, only Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers, and Josh Allen are on the list with Watson, Jackson, and Hurts to ink a minimum of $150 million as guaranteed money.

List of highest-paid players for every NFL position


Lamar Jackson

With $52 million,  Lamar Jackson ranks first in terms of the highest three-year APY and Watson ranks first in terms of the guaranteed money with $230 million.

Running Back

Christian McCaffrey

The San Francisco 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey makes more average money than all other RBs with $16 million ($64 million over 4 years) and also makes the most guaranteed amount with $36.3 million.

Wide Receiver

Tyreek Hill

The Miami Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill tops the list of highest-paid wide receivers with his four-year, $120 million contract extension including a $25.5 million signing bonus, $52.535 million guaranteed at signing, and $72.2 million in total guarantees.

Tight End

Darren Waller

The New York Giants’ Darren Waller is earning a $17 million salary, the most in his position. Though his three-year, $51 million contract extension only had an $825,000 signing bonus, it includes $19.25 million in full guarantees and $22 million in total guarantees.

Offensive Line

Laremy Tunsil

The  Houston Texans’ offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil is the highest-paid offensive line player in terms of average salary per year with $25 million.


Jaire Alexander

The Green Bay Packers CB Jaire Alexander tops the list of average annual salary with $21 million per year. The Packers restructured their veteran star with a roster bonus of $11,450,000 in 2023 to earn an advantage over cap space.

Edge Rusher

T.J. Watt

The Pittsburgh Steelers T.J. Watt remains the NFL’s highest-paid edge rusher with his 4 years, $112,011,000 contract, including a $35,593,470 signing bonus, $80,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $28,002,750.

Defensive Tackle

Aaron Donald

The Los Angeles Rams Aaron Donald is the highest-paid interior defender in terms of AAV at $31.67 million including a $15 million roster bonus for 2023.

Off-ball linebacker

Roquan Smith

The Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith ranks first in the category with his five-year, $100 million contract extension including $45 million fully guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees, and he is also the first off-ball linebacker to make $20 million per season.


Derwin James

The Los Angeles Chargers Derwin James leads the list with a four-year contract worth $76 million with $38.6 million guaranteed along with $19 million AAV.


Matt Gay

The veteran kicker Matt Gay is the highest-paid NFL player in the spot in 2023, albeit his base salary is just $1.1 million this season, however, he received a $8 million signing bonus, summing a total amount of $9.1 million.

Long Snapper

Joe Cardona

The New England Patriots Joe Cardona’s $6.3 million with $2.6 million in guarantees is the most amount earned by a player in this spot.


Michael Dickson

The Seattle Seahawks Michael Dickson’s 4 years, $14,700,000 contract, including a $6,500,000 signing bonus, $7,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,675,000 made him the highest-paid punter.

These figures may fluctuate in the future as new contracts are signed, however, these players currently hold the titles for the highest paid at their respective positions. Stay with us to get the latest updates about the ever-changing list.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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