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The 33 Highest-Paid NFL Quarterbacks

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NFL football is finally here and every starting quarterback heads into the season with one thing in common — if they’re not the highest-paid player on the team, they’re close to it. In charge of coordinating the offense, the quarterback handles the ball during every single play. No individual has a greater influence on the outcome of a game, which is why the man under center usually gets a paycheck that’s the envy of the team.

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But the NFL is not immune to income disparity, and some quarterback paychecks are more enviable than others.

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In order to determine the highest-paid quarterbacks, GOBankingRates used Spotrac's NFL salary data to rank every single play-caller by his cap hit for the 2021 season and ranked them in order of lowest to highest. You’ll also learn about their base salaries, signing bonuses, roster bonuses and miscellaneous pay. You'll notice there are 33 quarterbacks for just 32 NFL teams -- there was a tie at the very top of the list, and some backups made the cut, while some starters did not. Here are the highest-paid quarterbacks this year.

Last updated: Sept. 8, 2021

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David Banks/AP/Shutterstock

32. Andy Dalton

  • Team: Chicago Bears

  • 2021 cap hit: $5,000,000

  • 2021 base salary: $2,500,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,500,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Doug Murray/AP/Shutterstock

32. Jacoby Brissett

  • Team: Miami Dolphins

  • 2021 cap hit: $5,000,000

  • 2021 base salary: $2,500,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,500,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Matt Patterson/AP/Shutterstock

31. Tyrod Taylor

  • Team: Houston Texans

  • 2021 cap hit: $5,323,529

  • 2021 base salary: $2,500,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,500,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: $323,529

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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MATTHEW HEALEY/UPI/Shutterstock

30. Cam Newton

  • Team: New England Patriots*

  • 2021 cap hit: $5,423,529

  • 2021 base salary: $1,500,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: $1,323,529

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $600,000

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*Editor's note: Newton was recently cut by the Patriots and has not yet been signed by another team.

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Alex Gallardo/AP/Shutterstock

29. Justin Herbert

  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers

  • 2021 cap hit: $6,040,626

  • 2021 base salary: $1,818,125

  • 2021 signing bonus: $4,222,501

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Tony Avelar/AP/Shutterstock

28. Trey Lance

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers

  • 2021 cap hit: $6,200,959

  • 2021 base salary: $660,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,540,959

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Noah K Murray/AP/Shutterstock

27. Zach Wilson

  • Team: New York Jets

  • 2021 cap hit: $6,391,033

  • 2021 base salary: $660,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,731,033

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Wade Payne/AP/Shutterstock

26. Nick Foles

  • Team: Chicago Bears

  • 2021 cap hit: $6,666,666

  • 2021 base salary: $4,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,666,666

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Michael Ainsworth/AP/Shutterstock

25. Trevor Lawrence

  • Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

  • 2021 cap hit: $6,689,725

  • 2021 base salary: $660,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $6,029,725

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Brett Carlsen/AP/Shutterstock

24. Tua Tagovailoa

  • Team: Miami Dolphins

  • 2021 cap hit: $6,880,781

  • 2021 base salary: $780,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $4,894,625

  • 2021 roster bonus: $1,206,156

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

23. Daniel Jones

  • Team: New York Giants

  • 2021 cap hit: $7,174,288

  • 2021 base salary: $850,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $4,171,192

  • 2021 roster bonus: $2,153,096

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Brett Duke/AP/Shutterstock

22. Taysom Hill

  • Team: New Orleans Saints

  • 2021 cap hit: $7,259,000

  • 2021 base salary: $1,034,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $6,225,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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David Richard/AP/Shutterstock

21. Case Keenum

  • Team: Cleveland Browns

  • 2021 cap hit: $7,333,333

  • 2021 base salary: $6,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $1,333,333

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Jason Behnken/AP/Shutterstock

20. Patrick Mahomes

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2021 cap hit: $7,433,381

  • 2021 base salary: $990,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $4,443,381

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Joe Robbins / Getty Images

19. Joe Burrow

  • Team: Cincinnati Bengals

  • 2021 cap hit: $8,225,031

  • 2021 base salary: $2,255,006

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,970,025

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Mark J Terrill/AP

18. Kyler Murray

  • Team: Arizona Cardinals

  • 2021 cap hit: $9,763,721

  • 2021 base salary: $850,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,897,481

  • 2021 roster bonus: $3,016,240

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Jeffrey T Barnes/AP/Shutterstock

17. Josh Allen

  • Team: Buffalo Bills

  • 2021 cap hit: $10,210,057

  • 2021 base salary: $920,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $6,671,461

  • 2021 roster bonus: $2,618,596

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Nick Wass/AP/Shutterstock

16. Ryan Fitzpatrick

  • Team: Washington Football Team

  • 2021 cap hit: $10,537,000

  • 2021 base salary: $3,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $6,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: $937,000

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $600,000

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Brian Blanco/AP/Shutterstock

15. Tom Brady

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 2021 cap hit: $10,545,588

  • 2021 base salary: $1,075,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $8,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: $1,470,588

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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14. Baker Mayfield

  • Team: Cleveland Browns

  • 2021 cap hit: $10,568,130

  • 2021 base salary: $920,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,462,360

  • 2021 roster bonus: $4,186,770

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Don Wright/AP/Shutterstock

13. Jared Goff

  • Team: Detroit Lions

  • 2021 cap hit: $10,650,000

  • 2021 base salary: $5,650,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: N/A

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $5,000,000

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AJ Mast/AP/Shutterstock

12. Ryan Tannehill

  • Team: Tennessee Titans

  • 2021 cap hit: $11,100,000

  • 2021 base salary: $1,500,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $4,600,000

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Paul Sancya/AP/Shutterstock

11. Deshaun Watson

  • Team: Houston Texans

  • 2021 cap hit: $15,940,000

  • 2021 base salary: $10,540,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $5,400,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock

10. Matthew Stafford

  • Team: Los Angeles Rams

  • 2021 cap hit: $20,000,000

  • 2021 base salary: $9,500,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: N/A

  • 2021 roster bonus: $10,000,000

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $500,000

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Michael Conroy/AP/Shutterstock

9. Carson Wentz

  • Team: Indianapolis Colts

  • 2021 cap hit: $21,305,882

  • 2021 base salary: $15,400,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: N/A

  • 2021 roster bonus: $5,905,882

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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iStock.com

8. Derek Carr

  • Team: Las Vegas Raiders

  • 2021 cap hit: $22,125,000

  • 2021 base salary: $19,525,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $2,500,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $100,000

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Ashley Landis/AP/Shutterstock

7. Dak Prescott

  • Team: Dallas Cowboys

  • 2021 cap hit: $22,200,000

  • 2021 base salary: $9,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $13,200,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Don Wright/AP

6. Ben Roethlisberger

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

  • 2021 cap hit: $25,910,000

  • 2021 base salary: $1,075,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $15,085,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $9,750,000

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Tony Avelar/AP

5. Jimmy Garoppolo

  • Team: San Francisco 49ers

  • 2021 cap hit: $26,382,352

  • 2021 base salary: $24,100,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $1,400,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: $282,353

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $600,000

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Jeff Haynes/AP

4. Matt Ryan

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons

  • 2021 cap hit: $26,912,500

  • 2021 base salary: $2,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $9,300,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $15,612,500

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Mike Roemer/AP/Shutterstock

3. Aaron Rodgers

  • Team: Green Bay Packers

  • 2021 cap hit: $27,073,568

  • 2021 base salary: $1,100,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $16,321,568

  • 2021 roster bonus: $6,800,000

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: $2,852,000

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Bill Feig/AP

2. Kirk Cousins

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings

  • 2021 cap hit: $31,000,000

  • 2021 base salary: $21,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $10,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Grindstone Media Group / Shutterstock.com

1. Russell Wilson

  • Team: Seattle Seahawks

  • 2021 cap hit: $32,000,000

  • 2021 base salary: $19,000,000

  • 2021 signing bonus: $13,000,000

  • 2021 roster bonus: N/A

  • 2021 miscellaneous pay: N/A

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Methodology: In order to determine the highest-paid NFL quarterbacks, GOBankingRates used Spotrac's NFL salary rankings for the quarterback position in terms of the highest cap hit for the 2021 season and ranked them from lowest to highest total cap hit. GOBankingRates also found (where applicable) each player’s 2021 base salary, 2021 signing bonuses, 2021 roster bonuses, and 2021 miscellaneous pay including restructuring, contract incentives, and workout bonuses. 32 was determined as that is the total amount of NFL teams. All data were collected and are up to date as of Aug. 30, 2021.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The 33 Highest-Paid NFL Quarterbacks