Player salaries in the National Football League 2012/13 season (in million U.S. dollars), by team*

 Player salaries (in million U.S. dollars)
New Orleans Saints 182
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 181
Jacksonville Jaguars 168
Buffalo Bills 166
Detroit Lions 162
Arizona Cardinals 161
New England Patriots 157
New York Giants 156
Philadelphia Eagles 155
Baltimore Ravens 155
San Francisco 49ers 154
Denver Broncos 152
New York Jets 151
Dallas Cowboys 148
Atlanta Falcons 146
Chicago Bears 146
Cleveland Browns 145
Washington Redskins 140
Kansas City Chiefs 140
Carolina Panthers 140
Pittsburgh Steelers 140
Tennessee Titans 140
Houston Texans 139
San Diego Chargers 139
Miami Dolphins 137
Green Bay Packers 136
Indianapolis Colts 135
Seattle Seahawks 135
Cincinnati Bengals 134
St. Louis Rams 132
Oakland Raiders 131
Minnesota Vikings 128
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The statistic depicts the player salaries in the National Football League by team for the 2012/13 season. The Denver Broncos have a payroll of 152 million U.S. dollars for their roster.

Team payrolls and player salaries in North American sports leagues

The National Football League is, compared to the other major sports leagues in North America (NBA, MLB, NHL), the largest in terms of revenue. The league-wide revenue was at almost nine billion U.S. dollars in 2012.
According to Forbes, player salaries for that season amounted to more than 4.6 billion U.S. dollars. On average each team expended around 145 million U.S. dollars on player salaries. The Pittsburgh Steelers had the highest payroll in 2012, including benefits and bonuses, with around 172 million U.S. dollars in player salaries. With more than 20 million U.S. dollars in annual salary earnings Joe Flacco, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, is amongst the highest-paid players in the league.

Compared to football, the best players in baseball and basketball tend to earn more in salaries than football players. Kobe Bryant for example stands to make more than 30 million U.S. dollars in the 2013/14 NBA season. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has a salary of 29 million U.S. dollars in the 2013 season.
According to research conducted by Sporting Intelligence, the New York Yankees were the team with the highest team payroll in sports worldwide in 2012/13, with player salaries in excess of 220 million U.S. dollars. Two other teams of Major League Baseball, The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies, were also among the top-10 in regards to team payroll.

The other seven spots among the top-10 were taken by European soccer teams such as Manchester City, Real Madrid and the FC Barcelona. In this timeframe, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the highest average pay per player among the teams from North American sports leagues listed, with an average player salary of 7.47 million U.S. dollars. Only Manchester City of the Barclays Premier League paid their players more on average with 8.06 million U.S. dollars per player.

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