The highest-paid NFL players of all time

The list is loaded with quarterbacks, with Tom Brady recently taking over the top spot.

NEXT SLIDE are the 10 highest-paid players in NFL history, heading into the 2022 season and updated with the help of data from Spotrac.com.

1. Ben Roethlisberger, QB — $267.3 millionSeasons: 18 Highest single-season earnings: $35.3 million (2015; includes $31 million signing bonus) Championships: 2

2. Matt Ryan, QB — $267.0 million \One thing to know: Ryan's five-year, $103.8 million extension was set to expire after the 2018 season.

3. . Matt Ryan, QB — $267.0 million Seasons: 14 Highest single-season earnings: $44.8 million (2019; includes $42 million in various bonuses)

Championships: 0 Pro Bowls: 4 First-team All-Pro: 1

6.  Aaron Rodgers, QB — $263.6 million One thing to know: Rodgers' back-to-back MVP awards are nice, but he'd undoubtedly prefer another Lombardi in his trophy case.

After his most recent extension, it's likely he'll finish his career in Green Bay after a somewhat contentious off-season.

5. Aaron Rodgers, QB — $263.6 million Seasons: 17 Highest single-season earnings: $66.9 million (2018; includes $57.5 million signing bonus)

7. . Eli Manning, QB — $252.3 millionSeasons: 16 One thing to know: Manning retired from the NFL after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl wins. In his final season, the Giants paid him $17 million

, which made him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time. Not bad for being maybe just the third-best quarterback in his family.

8. . Eli Manning, QB — $252.3 millionSeasons: 16 Highest single-season earnings: $37 million (2015; includes $31 million signing bonus) Championships: 2 Pro Bowls: 4 First-team All-Pro: 0

9. . Peyton Manning, QB — $248.7 million First-team All-Pro: 7

10. Alex Smith, QB — $189.7 million

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