Highest paid safeties: Ranking NFL safeties by salary for 2019 season
Safeties are vital to an NFL defense.
They can be the difference in the outcome of a game.
The salaries for the best ones in the game reflect their importance.
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23 safeties now make at least $5 million in average annual salary per year, per overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Aug. 5, 2019).
14 make at least $7 million.
7 make at least $10 million.
The highest paid safety in the NFL is the Tennessee Titans’ Kevin Byard. He makes $14.1 million per season.
NFL's highest paid safeties (average salary per year):
- 1. Titans safety Kevin Byard: $14.1 million
- 2. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu: $14 million
- 3. Redskins safety Landon Collins: $14 million
- 4. Ravens safety Earl Thomas: $13.75 million
- 5. Dolphins safety Reshad Jones: $12 million
- 6. Raiders safety Lamarcus Joyner: $10.5 million
- 7. Vikings safety Harrison Smith: $10.25 million
- 8. Patriots safety Devin McCourty: $9.5 million
- 9. Packers safety Adrian Amos: $9 million
- 10. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins: $8.75 million
- Source: overthecap.com
As anchoring the back of the defense becomes more important, we're likely to see the salary of safeties increase.
How will this list change in the future?
To see the 23 NFL safeties who make at least $5 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.
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