Ranking The Largest NFL Contracts for This Year

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With the NFL season, the current talk of the town is which player has bagged the largest NFL contract? The primary reason people choose a career in sports, mainly NLF, is definitely for the money. 

Nevertheless, every year, one or the other player breaks the record for the largest NFL contract. As a result, the NFL has made different job salaries look irrelevant compared to what the players these days are earning. 

NFL Contracts
NFL Contracts (Source: abc7News)

Without a doubt, NFL is a multi-million dollar business. The endorsements, TV deals, ticket sales, merch, sponsorships, and more incorporate the millions and billions of annual revenue. Undoubtedly, the market gets bigger every year.

Thus, who is earning the most this season? Which player stands the richest among them all? To find out the eight most prominent NFL contracts of 2024 read on! Let us know if your favorite player has made it to the list this year. 

The Largest NFL Contract of 2024

The players mentioned below are the players who earn the most this year. The list has been derived from Spotrac, the online sports system. 

And we’re starting from the 10th of our list.

Name Team
1. Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
2. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
3. Deshaun Watson Houston Texans
4. Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
5. Khalil Mack Chicago Bears
6. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
7. Trent Williams San Francisco 49ers
8. Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers
9. Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers
10. Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams
11. Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams

11. Aaron Donald 

  • Born: May 23, 1991 (32 Years Old) 
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Tackles: 360
  • Sacks: 86.5

At the 10th rank is Aaron Donald, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He played for the University of Pittsburg as a freshman year in a Defensive tackle position. People could easily recognize his brilliant skills.

In his rookie years, he was awarded the year’s Defensive Rookie from NFL.

Furthermore, Donald signed with the Rams in 2014 worth a $10.14 million contract. Finally, in 2018 he resigned from a contract extension for another six years worth $135 million. The contract lasts until 2025. 

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10. Mathew Stafford 

  • Born: February 7, 1988 (36 Years Old)
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Pass completions: 3,964
  • Passing Yards: 46,051
  • Passer Rating: 90.5

Surely, Los Angeles Rams don’t hesitate to pay premium-level salaries to their players because another player on our list is Stafford, who plays quarterback for the Rams. 

After his graduation, he signed a contract with the Detroit Lions, marking his NFL career. They signed the agreement in 2009 worth $78 million, which lasted for six years. 

On the other hand, after contract extensions and working with the Detroit Lions until 2020, he finally signed with Los Angeles Rams. Hence, making it to the list of the NFL’s largest contracts. 

The contract is worth $134 million, which lasts for five years until 2023. Thus, earning $27 million per year. 

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9. Joey Bosa 

  • Born: July 11, 1995 (28 Years Old)
  • Position: Outside Linebacker
  • Tackles: 224
  • Sacks: 48.5

Bosa played football in high school and college simultaneously. During his college career, he was named the year’s Big Ten Defensive Player. 

Additionally, it should be noted that in terms of Joey’s professional career, he was the NFL Draft’s top 10 pick. He played for the San Diego Chargers at the beginning of his career.

Bosa played for the team until 2016 but later started his move toward Los Angeles Chargers in 2017. 

Finally, in 2020, the two parties signed a contract extension worth $135 million. Bosa’s contract expires in 2026. Therefore, making his yearly earnings $27 million

8. Jimmy Garoppolo 

  • Born: November 2, 1991 (32 Years Old) 
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Passing Completions: 698
  • Passing Yards: 8545

Moving forward to the list, next is Garoppolo, born and raised in Illinois. The 6 feet and 2 inches tall football player played college football for Eastern Illinois Panthers.

He was also awarded the OVC Male Athlete of the Year from 2013 to 2014. Furthermore, he was also named the National Quarterback of the Year for 2013. 

Jimmy started his professional career in NFL with New England Patriots. He stayed committed to the team from 2015 to 2017.

Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo from San Francisco 49ers.

Nevertheless, there were a lot of talks regarding his trade with other groups, but none happened, and he stayed with the Patriots. 

Furthermore, in 2018 he signed a contract with his current team, the San Francisco 49ers. The contract lasts until 2023 and is worth $137 million. Therefore, making his annual earnings $28 million approximately.  

7. Trent Williams

  • Born: July 19, 1998 (25 Years Old) 
  • Position: Offensive Tackle 
  • Games Played: 134
  • Games Started: 133

The sixth on our list is the 6 feet and 5 inches tall Trent Williams, who plays offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers. Williams played college football at the University of Oklahoma from 2006-2009. Whereas, in 2010 started his NFL career. 

First of all, in 2010, he signed with the Washington Redskins. The contract lasted for six years and was worth $60 million. He was appointed the offensive co-caption for the team. 

The two parties extended their contract until 2019.

However, in 2020 Williams was sent to the San Francisco 49ers. Moreover, in 2021 the two parties agreed to a contract worth $139 million approximately for six years. The contract lasts until 2027. 

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6. Russell Wilson 

  • Born: November 29, 1988 (25 Years Old)
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Passing Attempts: 4,389
  • Passing Completions: 2,860
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 21

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback first played football for North Carolina State University. Regardless of being offered a scholarship from Duke University, Wilson agreed to play for NC State. 

The year 2012 marks the beginning of his professional career. The Seattle Seahawks offered Wilson a contract worth $2.99 million for four years. The match against Tennesee Titans marks his debut. 

Russell Williams from Seattle Seahawks
Russell Williams from Seattle Seahawks.

Moreover, in 2015 the Seahawks offered a contract extension for another four years worth $88 million approximately. The same year this 5 feet and 11 inches tall player made history as the only quarterback to throw three-plus touchdown passes. 

Furthermore, in 2019 the two parties signed a six-year contract extension deal worth $140 million. The contract expires in 2027. 

5. Khalil Mack 

  • Born: February 22, 1991 (33 Years Old)
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • Sacks: 73.5
  • Total Tackles: 453

Khalil Mack was also called “Bombshell Man” in his high school days because of his overwhelmingly fantastic performance. Mack played college football from 2010 to 2013, where he secured 327 tackles and 28.5-217 sacks in total. 

Furthermore, in 2014 he started his NFL career when the Oakland Raiders selected him fifth overall. He signed with the Raiders for a four years deal worth $18.67 million. 

Moreover, in 2018 he signed with the Chicago Bears. The contract lasts for six years, is worth $141 million, and expires in 2021. Hence, Mack gets paid $23.5 million every year. 

4. Matt Ryan 

  • Born: May 17, 1985 (39 Years Old)
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Passing Attempts: 7,478
  • Passing Completions: 4,888
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 11

Matt Ryan is an Atlanta Falcons player who has played for thirteen seasons with Atlanta Falcons. Ryan played college football for Boston College and was declared their starting quarterback. Ryan played for the Boston College Eagles Football Team from 2003 to 2007. 

In 2008, he officially started playing for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons signed him for a tenure of six years worth $72 million. Hence, this makes him the fourth quarterback who got paid the highest despite not being a professional player. 

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan from Atlanta Falcons

From 2008 to 2012, he played diligently for the Falcons. Furthermore, in 2013 the two parties officially signed a contract for five years extension. It was worth a total of $103.7 million. 

Matt still plays for the Falcons. His latest contract is worth $150 million for a tenure of five years. Therefore, getting paid $30 million every year. His contract with the Falcons expires in 2024.

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3. Dak Prescott

  • Born: July 29, 1993 (30 Years Old) 
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Rushing yards: 1333
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 24

Rayne Dakota Prescott is a player of the Dallas Cowboys who was named 2016’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The same year he sighed a four-year deal with them. 

Dak played college football for Mississippi State from 2012 to 2015. In his college career, he completed a total of 159 passes out of 258 and 39 touchdowns. 

Dak Prescott of Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys.

Furthermore, in 2020, a franchise tag was put on Dakota by The Cowboys for $32 million approximately. However, in 2021, he signed a $160 million contract extension of four-year with the Cowboys. 

In addition, the contract includes a bonus of $66 million, making it the most prominent in the history of the NFL. It is estimated that Dakota will be paid $44 million per year. 

2. Deshaun Watson 

  • Born: September 14, 1995 (28 Years Old)
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Passing Yards: 14,539
  • Rushing Yards: 1,677
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 17

Deshaun Watson is an American Football quarterback who plays for the Houston Texans. Sports Illustrated and ESPN named him the top quarterback in the draft and second by NFL. 

In 2017, Watson started his professional career playing in the NFL Draft. In addition, Houston Texans signed a four-year contract with Deshaun for $14 million approximately.

Furthermore, the same year in September, he started his play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Following April 2020, Watson was offered a fifth-year contract extension. Then in September, he signed another four-year with the Texans worth $178 million approximately, which second-largest NFL contract.

The contract is valid until 2026. Per year, Watson is expected to earn $39 million. 

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1. Patrick Mahomes 

  • Born: September 17, 1995 (28 Years Old)
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • Passing Completions: 1,192 
  • Passing Yards: 15,092

Mahomes, an American football quarterback, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, is on the top of our list. He was an avid college football and baseball player at Texas Tech University.

Above all, Rivals.com rated him as a 3-star football rookie. In 2017, Mahomes signed four years contract with the Kansas City Chiefs for $16.43 million approximately and a bonus of $10 million. 

The Chiefs renewed the contract with Mahomes and offered him a ten-year extension in April 2020. It was the largest NFL contract in that year. It was worth a total of $503 million, inclusive of the bonus. 

According to the contract, Mahomes will be paid $45 million per year. Further, the contract will expire in 2030. 


In summary, the salary and total earnings of the players differ from one to another. However, NFL players are making income over their lifetime. Indeed, there is big money involved in NFL.

More so, the players work hard and train hard to get to where they are now. Huge congratulations to all those players who made history with their large NFL contracts!

Thus, did your favorite player make the list of the largest NFL contracts this year? 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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