Tom Brady becomes highest-paid NFL player for the first time on $75m

REVEALED: Tom Brady becomes NFL’s highest-paid player for the first time on $75MILLION as he takes home more than Super Bowl champ Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers in an all-QB top 10

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is the biggest earner in the NFL
  • He tops the Forbes list for the first time, receiving a staggering $75million
  • He beats Matthew Stafford and Patrick Mahomes as quarterbacks dominate list

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Tom Brady is the highest-paid NFL player at an eye-popping $75million, according to Forbes

It is the first time the star quarterback has come out on top in the list since it began 12 years ago.

Brady has beaten the likes of Los Angeles Rams Matthew Stafford, Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Tom Brady is the highest-paid NFL player on $75million

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is $9.5 behind Brady in Forbes standings

The highest the seven-time Super Bowl champion had been before was second in the league’s biggest earners standings when he was named No. 2 in 2021 on $72.5m. 

His earnings have increased to $75m before taxes and agents’ fees this year, taking him to the summit of the leaderboard.

Fellow quarterbacks Stafford ($65.5m), Rodgers ($53m), Mahomes ($51.5m) and the Buffalo Bills Josh Allen ($51m) complete the top five.

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers makes the top three by taking home $53m

In his 19 years with the New England Patriots Brady had discounted deals but is now getting $30m on-field as well as $45m off the field.

He launched wellness company TB12, which sells protein powder, snack packs and exercise equipment in 2013. Meanwhile last year, he co-founded the NFT platform Autograph, which focuses on sports and media-related non-fungible tokens.

Then earlier this year, his apparel line Brady Brand, or BRADY, went live online. In addition, Brady has multiple mega-money endorsement deals including with online exchange FTX.

Kansas City Chief’s star Patrick Mahomes is the fourth highest-paid in the league on $51.5m

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen completes the top five of the NFL’s biggest earners

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is in sixth place, receiving $46.2m


1. Tom Brady – $75m ($30m on field, $45m off field)

2. Matthew Stafford – $65.5m ($61.5m on field, $4m off field)

3. Aaron Rodgers – $53m ($42m on field, $11m off field)

4. Patrick Mahomes – $51.5m ($29.5m on field, $22 off field)

5. Josh Allen – $51m ($47m on field, $4m off field)

6. Deshaun Watson – $46.2m ($45.7m on field, $500,000 off field)

7. Kirk Cousins – $42.5m ($40m on field, $2.5m)

8. Russell Watson – $38m ($24m on field, $14m off field)

9. Kyler Murray – $33.5m ($30m on field, $3.5m off field)

10. Dak Prescott – $33m ($20m on field, $13m off field)

Deshaun Watson, who has been in the headlines after being handed a six-game ban last week over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations dating back to his time with the Houston Texans, is the sixth-highest earner in the NFL.

He receives $45.7m on-field and $500,000 off-field, giving him a total income of $46.2m.

Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins ($42.5m), Denver Broncos Russell Wilson ($38m) and Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray ($33.5m) are seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

Last year’s top-earner Dak Prescott with the Dallas Cowboys has fallen down to 10th place, given he penned a four-year $160m deal with a whopping $66m signing bonus in 2021. 

His total earnings were $87m last year as a result and he now receives $33m. It is a clean sweep for the quarterbacks, which like Brady being No. 1 is a first in the Forbes NFL highest earners.

Brady reversed his decision to retire just six weeks after revealing he was quitting the sport earlier this year.

But he is currently missing from action and will not return to the Buccaneers’ training camp until August 20 due to personal reasons. 

The quarterback was not present at training camp Thursday morning due to ‘personal, non-football reasons’.

Head coach Todd Bowles confirmed after the session that Brady will not return until after the Buccaneers’ second preseason game against the Titans which is set to take place on August 20. 

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