The NFL’s highest-paid players at every position, from quarterback to long snapper

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In football, perhaps more than any other sport, there is a hierarchy of positions in terms of both real and perceived importance to the team.

Because of that there is a huge disparity in how well NFL players at different positions are compensated.

Below, we take a look at the NFL players who will make the most money this season at all 18 of the primary positions, from quarterback to long snapper, using data collected from Spotrac.


Long snapper: JJ Jansen — $1.6 million

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Team: Carolina Panthers

2016 earnings breakdown: $885,000 salary, $700,000 signing bonus

Career earnings: $7.4 million

One thing to know: After going undrafted in 2008, Jansen is now in his eighth season with the Carolina Panthers. He is signed through 2020 and if he completes his contract, his career earnings will reach $11.3 million.


Fullback: Ryan Hewitt — $2,100,000

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Team: Cincinnati Bengals

2016 earnings breakdown: $600,000 salary, $1.5 million signing bonus

Career earnings: $3.5 million

One thing to know: Only seven fullbacks in the NFL will make at least $1 million this season.


Punter: Marquette King — $5.3 million

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Team: Oakland Raiders

2016 earnings breakdown: $1.4 million salary, $250,000 signing bonus, and $3.6 million in other bonuses.

Career earnings: $8.2 million

One thing to know: King was a wide receiver and a kicker in high school. While at Fort Valley State University, King was originally a wide receiver. However, he was eventually told by the coaching staff that he would lose his scholarship unless he become the team’s full-time kicker, according to The New Yorker.


Strong safety: George Iloka — $7.5 million

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Team: Cincinnati Bengals

2016 earnings breakdown: $1.8 million salary, $3.0 million signing bonus, and $2.7 million in other bonuses

Career earnings: $11.2 million

One thing to know: Iloka would rank just 11th among free safeties.


Kicker: Justin Tucker — $8.0 million

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Team: Baltimore Ravens

2016 earnings breakdown: $2.0 million salary, $6.0 million signing bonus

Career earnings: $12.0 million

One thing to know: Tucker is in his fifth season since being undrafted out of Texas. He signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract this past offseason.


Tight end: Dwayne Allen — $11,906,250

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Team: Indianapolis Colts

2016 earnings breakdown: $2.5 million salary, $4.0 million signing bonus, $5.4 million roster bonus

Career earnings: $15.7 million

One thing to know: Allen signed a four-year, $29.4 million contract this past offseason, but has struggled so far in the 2016 season. Through six weeks, Allen ranks 41st among tight end grades, according to Pro Football Focus.


Inside linebacker: Brandon Marshall — $12.6 million

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Team: Denver Broncos

2016 earnings breakdown: $2.6 million salary, $10.0 million signing bonus

Career earnings: $14.8 million

One thing to know: Marshall lost several endorsement deals earlier this season when he became one of the first players to join Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the National Anthem.


Center: Alex Mack and Ryan Kalil — $13,250,000

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Team: Atlanta Falcons (Mack)/Carolina Panthers (Kalil)

2016 earnings breakdown: Mack: $1.8 million salary, $11.5 million signing bonus; Kalil: $2.0 million salary, $6.0 million signing bonus, and $5.3 million in other bonuses.

Career earnings: $45.7 million (Mack)/$57.7 million (Kalil)

One thing to know: Only one offensive lineman who is not a left tackle makes more than Mack and Kalil (guard David DeCastro).


Free safety: Tyrann Mathieu — $16.7 million

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Team: Arizona Cardinals

2016 earnings breakdown: $1.0 million salary, $15.5 million bonus, $171,407 in other bonuses.

Career earnings: $19.1 million

One thing to know: Mathieu’s 5-year, $62.5 million contract is the largest in the NFL for a safety.


Running back: Ezekiel Elliott — $16.8 million

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Team: Dallas Cowboys

2016 earnings breakdown: $450,000 salary, $16.4 million signing bonus

Career earnings: $16.8 million

One thing to know: Only seven running backs have larger contracts than the four-year, $25.0 million rookie contract Elliot signed after being drafted fourth overall in this year’s draft.


Cornerback: Darrelle Revis — $17.0 million

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Team: New York Jets

2016 earnings breakdown: $17.0 million salary

Career earnings: $118.2 million

One thing to know: Revis has made $118.2 million in his career. That ranks third among active defensive players, behind only Julius Peppers ($156.0 million) and Mario Williams ($120.4 million).


Guard: David DeCastro — $18.1 million

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Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

2016 earnings breakdown: $2.1 million salary, $16.0 million bonus

Career earnings: $26.0 million

One thing to know: DeCastro was originally scheduled to make $8.1 million this season, the final year of his rookie contract. Instead he signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension, just three months after responding to a question about his future by saying, “I’m making a lot of money this year. What am I worried about?”


Offensive tackle: Cordy Glenn — $19.0 million

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Team: Buffalo Bills

2016 earnings breakdown: $3.0 million salary, $16.0 million bonus

Career earnings: $23.9 million

One thing to know: Glenn makes the list this year thanks to his new $60.0 million contract and $16.0 million signing bonus. His total earnings next year will fall to $11.0 million.


Wide receiver: Demaryius Thomas — $20.0 million

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Team: Denver Broncos

2016 earnings breakdown: $13.0 million salary, $7.0 million signing bonus

Career earnings: $49.1 million

One thing to know: Thomas’ $70 million contract ranks fourth among non-quarterback offensive players.


Outside linebacker: Von Miller — $25.1 million

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Team: Denver Broncos

2016 earnings breakdown: $2.0 million salary, $17.0 million signing bonus, and $6.1 million other bonuses.

Career earnings: $55.0 million

One thing to know: Miller signed a 6-year, $114.5 million contract just months after being named the Super Bowl MVP. The total value surpasses Ndamukong Suh’s deal as the largest among defensive players.


Defensive tackle: Fletcher Cox — $27.3 million

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Team: Philadelphia Eagles

2016 earnings breakdown: $1.3 million salary, $26.0 million signing bonus

Career earnings: $37.6 million

One thing to know: Cox makes this list thanks to his huge $26.0 million signing bonus. Next year, his earnings drop to $4.2 million, before going back up to $12.7 million in 2018. With his contract counting $22.0 million against the cap in 2019, look for Cox to rework his contract in the next two years.


Defensive end: Olivier Vernon — $29.0 million

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Team: New York Giants

2016 earnings breakdown: $1.8 million salary, $20.0 million signing bonus, and 7.3 million in other bonuses.

Career earnings: $32.9 million

One thing to know: Vernon’s $20 million signing bonus was the second-largest among defensive players, behind only Fletcher Cox’s $26.0 million signing bonus.


Quarterback: Drew Brees — $31.3 million

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Team: New Orleans Saints

2016 earnings breakdown: $1.0 million salary, $30.0 million signing bonus, and $250,000 workout bonus.

Career earnings: $181.7 million

One thing to know: Brees was in the last year of his contract and was set to take up an enormous $30 million in salary cap space. He recently extended his contract, lowering his salary-cap hit to $17.3 million, thanks to a $30 million signing bonus.


Now check out who makes the most on every team

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The highest-paid player on all 32 NFL teams