NFL's highest paid safeties: Ranking safeties by salary for 2022 NFL season

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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27 safeties now make at least $5 million in average annual salary per year, per overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through July 25, 2022).

20 make at least $8 million.

12 make at least $10 million.

The highest paid safety in the NFL is the Pittsburgh Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick, who makes $18.2 million in average annual salary.

The Seattle Seahawks' Jamal Adams, who makes $17.5 million in average annual salary, is second.

The Minnesota Vikings' Harrison Smith, at $16 million per season, is third.

The Denver Broncos' Justin Simmons, who makes $15.25 million per season, is fourth.

The Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker is fifth. He makes $14.75 million per season.

NFL's highest paid players in 2022:

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

  • 1. Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick: $18.2 million
  • 2. Seahawks safety Jamal Adams: $17.5 million
  • 3. Vikings safety Harrison Smith: $16 million
  • 4. Broncos safety Justin Simmons: $15.25 million
  • 5. Cardinals safety Budda Baker: $14.75 million
  • 6. Bears safety Eddie Jackson: $14.6 million
  • 7. Titans safety Kevin Byard: $14.1 million
  • 8. Ravens safety Marcus Williams: $14 million
  • 9. Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs: $13 million
  • 10. Bengals safety Jesse Bates III: $12.9 million

- Source: overthecap.com

What changed?:NFL's highest paid safeties in 2021

The Seattle Seahawks' Jamal Adams is the highest paid safety in the NFL.

To see the 27 NFL safeties who make at least $5 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.

NFL's highest paid players in 2021

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