NFL: Which Playoff Quarterback Has Earned the Most Money?

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It has been said over and over that quarterback is the most important position on the football field. In fact, every team that is still alive in the NFL playoffs has an established franchise quarterback leading it. Given this, it should come as no surprise that quarterbacks make more money than any other position in the league.

With eight legitimate franchise quarterbacks remaining in the NFL playoffs, it got us thinking: Which remaining quarterback has made the most money over the course of his career? Here’s a look at the career and average yearly earnings for each of the eight quarterbacks who will be leading their teams in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.

All earnings data are courtesy of Spotrac.

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8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

  • Career earnings: $2,198,051
  • Average yearly earnings: $732,684
  • NFL seasons: 3
  • Super Bowl starts: 1
  • Super Bowl wins: 1
  • MVP awards: 0
  • All-Pro teams: 0

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7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

  • Career earnings: $18,703,271
  • Average yearly earnings: $6,234,424
  • NFL seasons: 3
  • Super Bowl starts: 0
  • Super Bowl wins: 0
  • MVP awards: 0
  • All-Pro teams: 0

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6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

  • Career earnings: $22,025,498
  • Average yearly earnings: $5,506,375
  • NFL seasons: 4
  • Super Bowl starts: 0
  • Super Bowl wins: 0
  • MVP awards: 0
  • All-Pro teams: 0

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5. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

  • Career earnings: $74,800,000
  • Average yearly earnings: $10,685,714
  • NFL seasons: 7
  • Super Bowl starts: 1
  • Super Bowl wins: 1
  • MVP Awards: 0
  • All-Pro teams: 0

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4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • Career earnings: $99,615,000
  • Average yearly earnings: $9,961,500
  • NFL seasons: 10
  • Super Bowl starts: 1
  • Super Bowl wins: 1
  • MVP awards: 1
  • All-Pro teams: 3

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3. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

  • Career earnings: $105,920,000
  • Average yearly earnings: $8,826,667
  • NFL seasons: 12
  • Super Bowl starts: 0
  • Super Bowl wins: 0
  • MVP awards: 0
  • All-Pro teams: 1

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2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

  • Career earnings: $149,779,500
  • Average yearly earnings: $9,985,300
  • NFL seasons: 15
  • Super Bowl starts: 5
  • Super Bowl wins: 3
  • MVP awards: 2
  • All-Pro teams: 3

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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Career earnings: $229,732,000
  • Average yearly earnings: $13,513,647
  • NFL seasons: 17
  • Super Bowl starts: 3
  • Super Bowl wins: 1
  • MVP awards: 5
  • All-Pro teams: 10