Highest paid running backs: Ranking NFL RBs by salary for 2019 season
With the increase of pass-heavy offenses, the running back position may have become less important in the NFL in recent years.
But it's still important.
Running backs can still be huge difference makers in the league. It shows in how much the top ones are being paid.
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PHOTOS:Ranking NFL running backs by salary
16 NFL running backs make at least $4 million in average salary per year per overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Sept. 5, 2019).
12 of those make at least $5 million.
The highest paid running back in the NFL is now the Dallas Cowboys' Ekeziel Elliott. He is under contract to make $15 million per year.
NFL's highest paid running backs (average salary per year):
1. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: $15 million
2. Rams RB Todd Gurley: $14.4 million
3. Jets RB Le’Veon Bell: $13.1 million
4. Cardinals RB David Johnson: $13 million
5. Falcons RB Devonta Freeman: $8.3 million
6. Giants RB Saquon Barkley: $7.8 million
7. 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon: $7.5 million
8. Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette: $6.8 million
9. Texans RB Lamar Miller: $6.5 million
10. Texans RB Duke Johnson: $5.2 million
- Source: overthecap.com
To see the 16 NFL running backs who make more than $4 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.
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