Player salaries in the NFL 2019/20 season, by team

The statistic depicts the player salaries in the National Football League by team for the 2019/20 season. The Detroit Lions have a payroll of 250 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 15.26 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

According to the source, player salaries for that season amounted to more than seven billion U.S. dollars. On average, each team spent around 220 million U.S. dollars on player salaries. The Chicago Bears had the highest payroll in the 2018/19 season, including benefits and bonuses, with around 271 million U.S. dollars in player salaries. With almost 30 million U.S. dollars in annual salary earnings, Matthew Stafford, quarterback of the Detroit Lions, is the highest-paid player in the league.

Compared to football, the best players in basketball and baseball tend to earn more in salaries than football players. LeBron James, for example, stands to make more than 88 million U.S. dollars in the 2019 NBA season. Stephen Strasburg of MLB's Washington Nationals had a salary of 38.33 million U.S. dollars in the 2019 season.

Player payroll in the National Football League 2019/20 season (in million U.S. dollars), by team*

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October 2020


United States

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