Who are the highest-paid Kansas City Chiefs at each position?

The Chiefs have very few bad contracts. But, that doesn't mean they do not pay their players handsomely.

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The NFL's financial landscape is always in flux. The Kansas City Chiefs shook the quarterback market years ago by signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a massive 10-year, $450 million deal. Now, six quarterbacks rank above Mahomes' $45 million average annual value, or AAV, and even more exceed Mahomes' amount of guaranteed money on their contracts.

The Chiefs are dealing with a shifting contract landscape regarding defensive tackle Chris Jones right now as well, and they are balancing that with the other players on the books.

There are several ways to digest an NFL contract and see who is actually being paid what. AAV gives a yearly value to a contract but doesn't show how contracts change year by year. Cap hits show how an individual player impacts the cap, but that is not what they are actually being paid that season. Looking at a player's salary is not even the right measuring stick, as restructures, bonuses, and more can establish how much an individual player is paid.

Thankfully, there are tools to clear this up, at least on a year-by-year basis. Spotrac compiles how players make their money and in what fashion. For example, Mahomes makes $5.5 million in his base salary but makes $22.4 million via roster bonus and $12 million from previous restructures. It all adds up to his total cash amount in 2023, which is what he actually makes. Looking through this lens, who are the top earners by position on the Chiefs' roster?