Highest paid safeties in NFL: Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker now leads list

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

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.

More:NFL's highest paid safeties: Budda Baker, Eddie Jackson, Kevin Byard lead list


What changed?: NFL's highest paid safeties in 2019

26 safeties now make at least $5 million in average annual salary per year, per, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Aug. 25, 2020).

14 make at least $8 million.

11 make at least $10 million.

The highest paid safety in the NFL is the Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker. he makes $14.75 million per season.

Second is the Chicago Bears' Eddie Jackson. He makes $14.6 million per season.

The Tennessee Titans’ Kevin Byard is third. He makes $14.1 million per season.

The Kansas City Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu and the Washington Redskins' Landon Collins are tied for fourth at $14 million.

PHOTOS: Ranking NFL safeties by salary

Budda Baker is the highest paid safety in the NFL.

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

  • 1. Cardinals safety Budda Baker: $14.75 million
  • 2. Bears safety Eddie Jackson: $14.6 million
  • 3. Titans safety Kevin Byard: $14.1 million
  • 4. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu: $14 million
  • 4. Redskins safety Landon Collins: $14 million
  • 6. Patriots safety Devin McCourty: $11.5 million
  • 7. Broncos safety Justin Simmons: $11.4 million
  • 7. Vikings safety Anthony Harris: $11.4 million
  • 9. Broncos safety Kareem Jackson: $11 million
  • 10. Raiders safety LaMarcus Joyner: $10.5 million

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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 26 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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