Highest paid linebackers in NFL: Ranking LBs by salary for 2020 season

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

This list will be updated throughout free agency and throughout the 2020-21 NFL season.

The salaries for the top linebackers in the NFL keep going up.

The elite ones are especially reaping the benefit of those increasing salaries.

29 linebackers now make at least $10 million in average annual salary per year, per, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Sept. 10, 2020.).

18 make at least $13 million.

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The highest paid linebacker in the NFL is the Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack. He makes more than $23 million per season.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is second at $19.1 million, followed by the Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner at $18 million.

The New York Jets' C.J. Mosley is fourth at $17 million, while the Baltimore Ravens' Matt Judon rounds out the Top 5 at $16.8 million.

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The Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones is one of the highest paid linebackers in the NFL.

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

  • 1. Bears linebacker Khalil Mack: $23.5 million
  • 2. Broncos linebacker Von Miller: $19.1 million
  • 3. Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner: $18 million
  • 4. Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley: $17 million
  • 5. Ravens linebacker Matt Judon: $16.8 million
  • 6. Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith: $16.5 million
  • 6. Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones: $16.5 million
  • 8. Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett: $15.8 million    
  • 9. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree: $15.8 million
  • 10. Texans linebacker Zack Cunningham: $14.5 million

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To see the 18 NFL linebackers who make at least $13 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.


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