2023 NFL Season: Who is the highest paid at each position?
Left tackle – Laremy Tunsil, $25 million per year
I think Trent Williams is a better left tackle than Laremy Tunsil, but Tunsil is still supremely talented. He’s a player who has signed contracts that are shorter in length, which has allowed him to re-up on new deals. Tunsil is not yet 30 years old and has already cashed in on two big contracts with the Houston Texans.
Tunsil can be penalty-happy at times, but he’s still a “dog” as the cool kids say.
Left guard – Quenton Nelson, $20 million per year
Quenton Nelson has been in the NFL for five years and might already have a HOF resume. He’s made five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. He’s only missed four regular-season games in five seasons and is simply a beast. He’s the best guard in the NFL and is still just 27 years old.
Quenton Nelson makes $20 million per season, which is very rich for the interior of the offensive line.
Center – Jason Kelce, $14.25 million per year
Jason Kelce has signed quite a few of these one-year deals that consistently put him as the highest paid center in football. He’s likely retiring after the 2023 NFL season and has earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. He’s a Pro Bowler, All-Pro, and Super Bowl champion.
He still plays at a high level even into his 30s. Whoever takes over for Kelce at center for the Philadelphia Eagles has huge shoes to fill.
Right guard – Chris Lindstrom, $20.5 million per year
Chris Lindstrom had an insanely good 2022 season with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a deal to make him the richest iOL in the NFL, and is obviously the richest at the right guard spot. I’ve always wondered if the elite guards in the NFL could slide out to tackle in an emergency.
I really would not be surprised if both Quenton Nelson and Chris Lindstrom could play their respective tackle positions. It would be cool to see.
Right tackle – Lane Johnson, $20.18 million per year
The best right tackle in the NFL is indeed Lane Johnson, who also may be entering the final few seasons of his career. Johnson has struggled with injuries over his career, and is someone who does have a shot at the Hall of Fame. He hardly allows any pressure to escape from his side and I bet could play left tackle quite well.
Johnson helps solidify the Eagles’ offensive line, which may be the best in the NFL. It was a huge reason why they nearly won the Super Bowl in 2022.
Time for the defense!