Five Highest Paid NFL Players In 2020
Updated: Feb 4
The NFL is home to some of the biggest contracts in sport. Hundreds of millions are committed for the top players. Quarterbacks tend to receive the greatest paydays with Patrick Mahomes signing the largest contract in the history of the league recently – the Kansas City Chiefs superstar penned a decade-long deal totalling $450 million.
Mahomes doesn’t make our list of the five highest-paid players in 2020, however. NFL contracts are often structured in such a way to avoid high salary numbers with significant signing bonuses and incentives.
Highest Paid NFL Players
Here are the five highest base salaries for the 2020 NFL season according to Spotrac.
Dak Prescott - $31.4 million
The rumors of a Dak Prescott contract extension were one of the leading stories of the 2020 NFL offseason. Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to come to an agreement, resulting in the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback settling for the franchise tag at $31.4 million.
It might not come with long-term guarantee, but Prescott became the highest base salary player in the NFL. He owns the largest cap hit, too.
Unfortunately for Dallas and Prescott, this has been a wasted season. The 27-year-old suffered an horrific ankle injury in just their fifth game of the season.
Jimmy Garoppolo - $23.8 million
Eyebrows were raised when Jimmy Garoppolo penned a five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The contract has become more questionable with the former Patriots quarterback suffering injuries and failing to establish himself as one of the league’s elite.
Perhaps fortunately for the Niners, Garoppolo had just $74.1 million of the deal fully guaranteed. A trade this season would have given them a monstrous dead cap, but they can move on from Garoppolo for minimal financial penalty next season.
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The 2014 second round selection ranks third in base salary, but he’s down in 17th in total cash.
Trenton Brown – $21.25 million
The only non-quarterback in the top five, Las Vegas Raiders offensive tackle Trent Brown signed a four-year, $66 million contract which he’s in the second season of. While he’s one of the highest-paid in base salary, Brown is 17th in the NFL in cap hit.
Brown started all 16 regular season games for the 2018 New England Patriots on his way to a Super Bowl triumph. He’s a one-time Pro Bowler, having been selected to the late-season showpiece on the back of a stellar 2019 regular season with the then Oakland Raiders.
There’s no question Brown is an elite player at his position. He might be slightly overpaid, but he’s an important player to the Raiders – they will be hoping he doesn’t opt out after the 2020 season.
Derek Carr - $18.9 million
The second Raider in the top five, Las Vegas’ quarterback is in the middle of a five-year, $125 million contract. Although a three-time Pro Bowler, Carr is in the middle of the pack of NFL quarterbacks – he’s good, but is he good enough to lead a team to the Super Bowl?
Las Vegas will certainly hope so. Carr is a tradeable asset at the moment, but he’s owed over $19 million in each of the next two seasons as the Raiders look to challenge the Chiefs in the AFC West.
Russell Wilson - $18 million
Receiving the largest cash sum of any NFL player at $53 million, Russell Wilson’s base salary is only good for fifth highest in the league at $18 million. In April 2019, Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension with the Seahawks.
Much of the Seattle roster has changed over the last few years, but as long as Wilson remains, they are contenders for the Super Bowl. The 2020 season could be the year he finally gets his hands on the MVP trophy.
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