Who Are the Highest-Paid Wide Receivers in the NFL in 2024?

    Who are the 10 highest-paid wide receivers in terms of average annual value in 2024, and who sits atop the list at the position?

    We see the list of highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL get shaken up almost every single offseason. Last year saw a lot of movement, and we’ve already seen some more shifts during the 2024 offseason. Who is the highest-paid WR in the NFL, and which other receivers round out the top 10 at the position?

    Who Is the Highest-Paid Wide Receiver in the NFL?

    Topping the list of highest-paid wide receivers is Justin Jefferson, the star wideout for the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson signed the biggest NFL contract for a non-QB with a four-year, $140M extension with $110M guaranteed during the 2024 offseason.

    Jefferson’s $35 million annual salary tops San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa’s $34 million as the highest for a non-QB in the NFL. Furthermore, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal includes $88.743 million due at signing, the highest non-QB guarantee at signing in NFL history.

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    Jefferson, the best receiver in football, averaged 98 catches, 1,474 yards, and 7.5 touchdowns over his first four seasons in Minnesota. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro.

    Highest-Paid Wide Receivers in the NFL

    2) A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles | AAV: $32 million

    The Eagles and star WR A.J. Brown agreed to terms on a new three-year extension for $96 million during the 2024 offseason. He’s now under contract through 2029.

    Before the new deal, Brown sat tied for fourth in the league with the same $25 million figure for his AAV dating back to an extension signed shortly after he was traded to the Eagles on the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Brown joined a unique club of NFL wide receivers as one of just five with a $100 million tag.

    3) Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions | AAV: $30.002 million

    St. Brown signed a four-year extension for just over $120 million with the Lions on April 24, 2024, earning the most guaranteed money of any WR contract in NFL history at the time with $77 million in guarantees, per multiple reports.

    At an average annual salary of $30,002,500, St. Brown just barely broke the previous record for wide receivers, which belonged to Miami Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill at the time of signing. Hill and St. Brown make $30+ million per year and have now been surpassed by Brown and Jefferson.

    St. Brown was initially slated to make just $3.366 million in 2024 base salary in the final year of his rookie contract.

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

    Hill agreed to his new deal after the Miami Dolphins acquired him in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2022. His four-year, $120 million contract extension included a $25.5 million signing bonus, $52.535 million guaranteed at signing, and $72.2 million in total guarantees.

    Hill is slated to make just shy of $20 million in base salary in 2024, which is fully guaranteed. His deal will likely continue to morph, however, with current cap hits of $34.244 million in 2025 and $56.309 million in 2026 that are unlikely to remain the same.

    5) Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins | AAV: $28.25 million

    The Dolphins aren’t worried about spending too much cap space on wide receivers. Already paying Hill a hefty sum, Miami agreed to a three-year, $84.75 million extension with Jaylen Waddle in May 2024. Waddle’s new deal includes nearly $36 million in fully guaranteed money, including his $18.873 million signing bonus and his 2024 and 2025 base salaries.

    Injuries held Waddle to the least productive season of his career in 2023. But the former first-round pick still eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards and scored four touchdowns on 72 receptions.

    6) Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders | AAV: $28 million

    After being traded to Las Vegas, Davante Adams signed a five-year contract worth $140 million. Just $22.75 million was guaranteed at signing, with another $42.92 million becoming guaranteed in 2023.

    The value of Adams’ contract really becomes known in the final three years. His cap number will jump to $25.35 million in 2024 and then all the way up to $44.1 million in 2025 and 2026.

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    It seems unlikely we’ll ever see him hit that cap number, so this will essentially end up being a three-year deal worth just over $22 million annually. Those final two years will serve as leverage for Adams and his agent to push for a new contract.

    7) Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams | AAV: $26.7 million

    Coming off winning the Super Bowl MVP, Cooper Kupp topped all the other three-year contract extensions signed in 2022. The deal is worth a total of $80.1 million, with $35 million guaranteed at signing and $75 million in total guarantees at the end of the contract.

    Incredibly, Kupp’s cap number climbs to $29.78 million in 2024 and is slated for the same figure in 2025 before a slight drop to $27.33 million in 2026, the deal’s final year.

    8) DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles | AAV: $25 million

    DeVonta Smith became the second Eagles wide receiver to enter the top 10 when he signed a three-year, $75 million contract extension in April 2024. He received $69.997 million in guarantees, with $33.99 million fully guaranteed at signing, of which $15 million is a new guarantee.

    Smith received a $20.351 million signing bonus, and both his 2024 and 2025 salaries are fully guaranteed. He will also earn $14 million fully guaranteed for 2026 if he is on the roster on the third day of the league year in 2025, alongside a $22 million guarantee in 2027 if he’s on the roster for the third day of the 2026 league year.

    9) Nico Collins, Houston Texans | AAV: $24.25 million

    Nico Collins should thank his lucky stars that C.J. Stroud landed with the Houston Texans in 2023. While Collins, a former second-round pick, had always flashed potential, Houston’s abysmal quarterback situation prevented him from delivering on it.

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    But last season was a different story, as Collins showed an immediate connection with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud en route to a career-best 80-1,297-8 line. The Texans rewarded him in May 2024, inking the Michigan product to a three-year extension worth $72.75 million. Collins’ new pact can max out at $75 million and contains $32.116 million guaranteed.

    10) DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks | AAV: $24 million

    DK Metcalf was one of a few players who received three-year contract extensions in 2022, inking a deal worth up to $72 million at the time. Metcalf received a $30 million signing bonus and $58.2 million in guarantees, including $31 million at signing, a further $14.22 million in 2023, and another $13 million ahead of 2024.

    Metcalf’s cap hit is currently set at $24.5 million in 2024 and $29.5 million in 2025.

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