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Who’re the highest-paid operating backs within the NFL in 2021? | PFN


After a number of massive offers have been signed final offseason, the panorama of the highest-paid operating backs within the NFL shifted dramatically. Who’s the highest-paid RB within the NFL, and which different backs spherical out the highest 10 on the place?

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Which operating backs sit within the backside half of the highest 10 in the case of common annual worth (AAV)?

10) Saquon Barkley, New York Giants | AAV: $7.8 million

Coming into into what may very well be the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal, Saquon Barkley’s contract is about to be the fourth-highest whole amongst operating backs by way of cap hit in 2021 ($10.1 million). Barkley may see the AAV of his deal boosted in 2021.

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If the Giants select to choose up Barkley’s fifth-year possibility, he’ll earn $8.7 million in 2022. That will imply his rookie contract could be price simply over $40 million in whole. Nonetheless, if Barkley can show his well being, he has the potential to be the highest-paid operating again within the league in a few years.

9) Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos | AAV: $8 million

Within the second 12 months of his two-year deal, Gordon would be the fifth-highest paid RB by way of cap hit. After incomes $7 million of his $16 million in 2020, Gordon will rely for $9 million towards the cap. With an enormous 12 months in 2021, Gordon has an opportunity to stay on this listing of the highest-paid operating backs in 2022 and past.

8) Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals | AAV: $8.5 million (Transition Tag)

Drake spent the 2020 season taking part in on the transition tag for $8.5 million. He ought to enter free company in 2021 after a considerably underwhelming 12 months. Regardless of solely dashing for 955 yards, Drake nonetheless ranked thirteenth in dashing yards gained on the season. He additionally ranked tenth within the league in dashing touchdowns.

There’s a likelihood we see him on this listing of the highest-paid operating backs once more following free company, as Spotrac has Drake valued at round $8.3 million per 12 months on a two-year deal.

T-6) Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals | AAV: $12 million

Mixon is now coming into the primary season of his four-year contract extension that was signed previous to 2020. Mixon had a tricky 12 months with accidents final season. Nonetheless, when he was on the sector, he demonstrated why the Bengals have been prepared to speculate a lot in him. Mixon’s contract construction, it seems doubtless he might be in Cincinnati for not less than the following two seasons.

T-6) Aaron Jones, Inexperienced Bay Packers | AAV: $12 million

Forward of free company in 2021, Aaron Jones re-signed with the Inexperienced Bay Packers. The deal matched that of Joe Mixon with a four-year $48 million contract. Jones agent, Drew Rosenhaus advised Mike Garofolo that the deal contained a $13 million signing bonus.

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Which operating backs make up the highest 5 by way of the highest-paid on the place?

5) Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans | AAV: $12.5 million

After avoiding taking part in on the franchise tag by signing a four-year, $50 million extension, Derrick Henry lived as much as the contract. Henry led the league in dashing yards and dashing touchdowns for a second straight season. Coming into his sixth season within the league, Henry has demonstrated little signal that he’s slowing down. That’s one thing that may please the Titans, given they can not actually contemplate transferring on from Henry till after the 2021 season.

4) Dalvin Cook dinner, Minnesota Vikings | AAV: $12.6 million

After signing a five-year contract extension forward of the 2020 NFL season, Cook dinner lived as much as the billing. In 14 video games, he was second within the league in dashing yards with 1,557. Cook dinner’s cap hit continues to be comparatively low at $5.1 million in 2021. Nonetheless, by 2022 and 2023, his cap hit can have risen to $12 million and $14.1 million, respectively.

T-2) Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints | AAV: $15 million

Kamara is one other again who signed a contract extension simply earlier than the beginning of the 2020 NFL season. He, very similar to Cook dinner, has demonstrated why that was a great funding. Within the common season, Kamara scored 21 touchdowns and totaled a career-high 1,688 yards from scrimmage. Among the many 4 highest-paid operating backs within the league, solely Kamara delivered on his price ticket in 2020.

T-2) Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys | AAV: $15 million

Elliott will truly be the highest-paid amongst operating backs within the league by way of cap hit in 2021. Elliott is about to rely $13.7 towards the cap subsequent season. That is a rise of $2.8 million in cap hit for the Cowboys’ franchise again. Nonetheless, on condition that Henry is about to rely $16.5 million towards the cap in 2022, $13.7 million instantly doesn’t appear so excessive.

Elliott is simply now coming into the primary season of his six-year contract extension. Nonetheless, with the ultimate ensures on the deal due in 2022, Elliott may very well be a possible minimize candidate as quickly as 2023.

Who’s the highest-paid operating again within the NFL?

1) Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers | AAV: $16.0 million

McCaffrey turned the highest-paid RB within the league early within the 2020 offseason. After the primary 12 months, the funding might concern Panthers followers who noticed their star operating again for simply three video games. Nonetheless, in these video games, he scored 6 touchdowns, with 374 whole yards. If McCaffrey performed 16 video games at that tempo, he would have 32 touchdowns and 1,995 whole yards. McCaffrey will rely $12.5 million towards the cap and is tied to the Panthers by means of not less than the following two seasons.

Which RBs may very well be subsequent to hitch this listing?

Which operating backs may be a part of the listing of the highest-paid on the place within the coming offseason?

Nick Chubb | Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb may very well be trying to be a part of the listing of highest-paid RBs within the NFL with a contract extension in 2021. Chubb ranked third within the league in yards per sport with 88.7 whereas scoring 12 touchdowns. At 5.6 yards per try, solely J.Okay. Dobbins was extra environment friendly on the place when carrying the ball than Chubb.

Chubb’s position within the passing sport is proscribed, with simply 577 receiving yards in his profession. Subsequently, we’re doubtless taking a look at a quantity within the area of Joe Mixon, versus difficult the top-five highest-paid operating backs.

Aaron Jones | Free Agent

Jones is an possibility who may wind up among the many top-five highest-paid operating backs. Jones has had back-to-back 1,000-yard dashing seasons whereas scoring 30 touchdowns within the two seasons mixed. He lacks the receiving upside of a McCaffrey or Kamara, which can restrict his capability to compete to be the highest-paid RB. Nonetheless, on the open market, we may see Jones getting an enormous deal within the $15 million a 12 months area.

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