Highest paid quarterbacks in NFL: Deshaun Watson lands huge contract with Houston Texans

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Here's a look at the highest paid quarterbacks in the league for the 2020 NFL season, based on current contracts.

Patrick Mahomes is still at the top of the list of the NFL's highest paid quarterbacks.

But there is a new quarterback right behind him.

After the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback recently signed a 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million with $477 million in guarantee mechanisms, the Houston Texans have now agreed to a deal with their quarterback, Deshaun Watson, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Watson's deal is worth $160 million, according to multiple reports. The average annual salary over the four years is $39 million, and the agreement contains a $27 million bonus. 

Mahomes makes $45 million a season in average annual salary.

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The Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson is now the second highest paid quarterback in the NFL.

Mahomes and Watson's deals push their average annual salaries past the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson among NFL quarterbacks.

Mahomes' previous average annual salary was $4.1 million. Watson's was $3.5 million.

35 NFL quarterbacks will now make at least $5 million in average salary per year per, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Sept. 5, 2020).

20 will make at least $20 million.

Wilson and the Seahawks signed a 4-year, $140 million contract, which included a record $65 million signing bonus and an average annual value of $35 million, last season.

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Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is fourth on the list with an average annual salary of $34 million.

The Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers is fifth with $33.5 million in average annual salary. He's tied with the Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) are two of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

NFL's highest paid quarterbacks (average salary per year):

  • 1. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: $45 million
  • 2. Texans QB Deshaun Watson: $39 million
  • 2. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: $35 million
  • 3. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: $34 million
  • 4.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: $33.5 million
  • 4. Rams QB Jared Goff: $33.5 million
  • 6. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: $33 million
  • 7. Eagles QB Carson Wentz: $32 million
  • 8. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: $$30.1 million
  • 0. Falcons QB Matt Ryan: $30 million
  • 10. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill: $29.5 million

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We're bound to see changes to this list but one thing is certain.

NFL quarterbacks are going to continue to get paid.

To see the 35 NFL quarterbacks who make $5 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.


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