Who are the highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL in 2022?

Who are the highest-paid wide receivers in terms of average annual value in 2022, and which WRs lead the league when it comes to cap number?

The landscape of the highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL seemingly shifts dramatically every single offseason. Who is the highest-paid WR in the NFL, and which other receivers round out the top 10 at the position?

The highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL

Which wide receivers sit in spots 2 to 10 in terms of the average annual value (AAV) of their contracts? Which players are clinging onto the bottom of the list and could be shifted off this offseason?

T10) Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers | AAV: $20 million

The Los Angeles Chargers proved they are willing to put weapons around their young QB. With Keenan Allen already among the top five highest-paid wide receivers, they paid Mike Williams $60 million over three years. The deal reportedly comes with $40 million in guaranteed money.

T10) Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers | AAV: $20 million

Having been franchise-tagged for the second-straight year ahead of the legal tampering period, the Buccaneers and Godwin agreed to a new contract. The terms of the deal have been reported as being three years, $60 million. The look of the contract is very similar to that of Williams. It has a $20 million AAV and $40 million in guaranteed money.

T10) Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns | AAV: $20 million

Another player who has been much discussed when it comes to his future is Amari Cooper. In 2020, Amari Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million deal with Dallas, becoming the first receiver to sign a $100 million deal in the history of the NFL. The balance of the deal saw Cooper’s cap hit sitting at $22 million in each of the final four years of the contract.

The Cowboys traded Cooper to the Cleveland Browns during the 2022 offseason. The structure of Cooper’s deal meant that he only counted for $6 million in dead money for the Cowboys. Meanwhile, the Browns took on the remaining three years and $60 million owed to Cooper.

9) Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers | AAV: $20.03 million

Keenan Allen is in the second year of his four-year, $80.1 million contract extension. His cap number in 2022 is the sixth-highest at the position at $15.7 million. That number will climb to $21.7 million and $25.8 million over the next two seasons.

Allen’s contract contained $26.5 million in guarantees at signing, with $43 million in total guarantees. His 2022 salary is fully guaranteed, but the Chargers have options after that. If they wanted to move on from Allen next offseason, it would cost just $5.4 million to get the sixth-highest-paid wide receiver off their books.

8) DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers | AAV: $20.6 million

One of the more surprising deals of the 2022 offseason was DJ Moore finding himself fifth on this list. His deal is a three-year contract extension worth $61.884 million. He received $41.6 million in guarantees. Including his fifth-year option, the next four years are worth around $72 million for Moore.

7) Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders | AAV: $23.67 million

McLaurin became the latest receiver to sign a big deal. The Commanders gave McLaurin a three-year contract extension worth $71 million. The deal contained a $28 million signing bonus and 76 percent of the money in the extension is fully guaranteed.

6) Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills | AAV: $26 million

In the quiet period between free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft, Diggs became the latest receiver to jump over $25 million per year in AAV. Diggs’ four-year contract extension is worth $104 million with a reported $70 million in guaranteed money.

5) A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles | AAV: $25 million

The news of A.J. Brown being traded by the Titans on Night 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft rocked the NFL landscape. It was yet another example of how differently teams viewed offering long-term contracts to the WR position.

Immediately after arriving in Philadelphia, Brown penned a four-year extension worth $100 million, including a $23.234 million signing bonus and nearly $40 million fully guaranteed at signing. There is a potential out in the deal after the 2024 season but that would save the Eagles just $7 million in terms of cap space in 2025.

4) Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams | AAV: $26.67 million

Amazingly, Cooper Kupp is the only player in the top five highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL who did not switch teams prior to signing that contract. The 2021 Offensive Player of the Year award winner put pen to paper on a three-year extension worth $80 million, including an incredible $75 million in total guaranteed money.

3) DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals | AAV: $27.25 million

When Hopkins signed his contract, the expectation was that it would take some time to beat. The $27.25 million number was so far and above the next highest on the list at the time. However, somewhat bizarrely, there is a chance Hopkins doesn’t even play either of those two years.

The Cardinals can release Hopkins after this year with just an $18.1 million dead money charge. In contrast, if he is on the roster in 2023, his cap number would be $30.75 million. As part of the deal, Hopkins received $27.5 million as a signing bonus and $42.75 million in guaranteed money at signing. Interestingly, there was more value in total guarantees ($60.05 million) than the value of the contract itself.

2) Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders | AAV: $28.25 million

Following the trade to the Raiders, Adams blew through the numbers for Hopkins with a five-year contract worth $141.25 million. However, he didn’t remain atop the list of the highest-paid WRs for long.

Who is the highest-paid WR in the NFL?

Who sits atop the list when it comes to the highest-paid WR in terms of AAV? Additionally, is there a chance that we see that number threatened this offseason?

1) Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins | AAV: $30 million

Following his trade to the Dolphins, Hill has reportedly signed a four-year contract extension worth $30 million a year. The deal’s total value is reported to be $120 million with $72.2 million in guaranteed money. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $75 million across the first three years, with the fourth year taking it up to $120 million. The final year is not guaranteed, but it certainly boosts the overall numbers, making Hill the highest-paid wide receiver.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN

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