Matthew Stafford, Josh Allen rank higher than Tom Brady on list of highest-paid NFL players (2022)

We all know that NFL players make a lot of money. From guaranteed contracts to all their off-court endorsements, players can make a small fortune every year.

But when it comes to the top earners in the NFL, who is the leader? All data are from Sportico.

SK’s look at the five highest-paid NFL players in 2022

#5 – Aaron Rodgers – $53 million

Green Bay Packers v Detroit Lions

The Green Bay Packers superstar is fifth on the list. He also won off the field after another season in which Rodgers won the NVL MVP award.

The 38-year-old made $42 million from his salary and just $11 million from endorsements, but that’s still a decent amount of money for a quarterback.

#4 – Deshaun Watson – $56 million

Cleveland Browns introduce quarterback Deshaun Watson
Cleveland Browns introduce quarterback Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson, who hasn’t even played once, is fourth on the list. That’s thanks to his huge, four-year, $230 million guaranteed contract with the Browns.

It remains to be seen how the former Texans quarterback fares in 2022, but one thing’s for sure, his massive trade won’t leave him short of a penny. $555 million of his earnings comes from his contract alone.

SK’s top five highest-paid NFL players continue to rank.

#3 – Tom Brady – $58.4 million

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC Divisional Playoffs – Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The seven-time Super Bowl champion is in third place. Brady, known for his willingness to spend less to meet the needs of other teams, was paid just $18.4 million.


But with all his approval, that’s where he makes up for it. Forty million dollars to be exact, because he’s one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet.

#2 – Josh Allen – $66.5 million

AFC Divisional Playoffs - Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chiefs
AFC Divisional Playoffs – Buffalo Bills vs Kansas City Chiefs

Many believe that the Buffalo Bills quarterback is the best in the league right now. The Bills are considered Super Bowl favorites simply because of No. 17.

The 25-year-old will have an exciting season in 2022 and will be paid very well anyway. $62.4 million was Allen’s salary, and only $4 million came from endorsements.

#1 – Matthew Stafford – $73.3 million

Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade and Unity
Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade and Rally

Now a Super Bowl champion, Matthew Stafford ranks first among the NFL’s highest-paid players. The former Lions quarterback had a sensational season leading the Rams against the Bengals.


Like other players on the roster, most of Stafford’s money is his salary. $70.3 million is quarterback salary, and only $4 million comes from endorsements.

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