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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1. Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes

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2023 Cash Amount: $40,450,000

When you are the best in the world at what you do, you get paid a very pretty penny. Mahomes is a generational talent and is somehow outplaying a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars. His cash amount ranks as the fourth-most in the league and only trails other quarterbacks. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is earning an eye-popping $80 million in cash this year alone.

2. Running Back: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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2023 Cash Amount: $2,085,670

Clyde Edwards-Helaire may not be the Chiefs' best running back, but he is still playing on a first-round selection contract, and that usually brings pay well above the league average. His 2023 cash amount ranks as the 30th-most among all NFL running backs and is in some strange company behind Chicago's Travis Homer and Las Vegas' Brandon Bolden. Edwards-Helaire's cash amount is nearly triple that of 2022 rookie sensation Isiah Pacheco.

3. Wide Receiver: Marquez Valdes-Scantling

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2023 Cash Amount: $9,000,000

Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the Chiefs' top-paid wide receiver by a wide margin, but the $9 million he will earn this year is hardly an eyesore. Former teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster is earning $10 million this year with the New England Patriots, and the Chiefs money is better spent on Valdes-Scantling. The veteran has two years remaining on his deal, earning $12 million in cash next year.

4. Tight End: Travis Kelce

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2023 Cash Amount: $12,250,000

Can Chiefs fans agree that the most underpaid player on the roster is Travis Kelce? The man has a case for being the greatest tight end of all time, and he isn't even the highest paid at his position. His 2023 cash amount ranks sixth among all tight ends. The Chiefs owe a lot to Kelce for taking a pay cut on his last extension, especially when he plays at such a high level.

5. Offensive Tackle: Jawaan Taylor

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2023 Cash Amount: $20,000,000

Jawaan Taylor was Brett Veach's big signing this offseason and is paid accordingly. Whether he plays left or right tackle, he is still paid like a franchise cornerstone. His 2023 cash amount is tied for the fourth-highest in the league, but former Chiefs tackle Orlando Brown Jr. leads the league with a hefty $33,723,000 in 2023 cash.

6. Guard: Joe Thuney

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2023 Cash Amount: $15,500,000

Like Taylor, Veach lured Joe Thuney to Kansas City with a career-defining contract. Thuney has lived up to his five-year, $80 million deal as the veteran anchor in a young Chiefs offensive interior. His 2023 cash amount ranks as the third-highest among all NFL guards, trailing Indianapolis; Braden Smith and Atlanta's Chris Lindstrom.

7. Center: Creed Humphrey

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2023 Cash Amount: $1,165,928

Kelce may be underpaid, but Creed Humphrey is still a massive value on the Chiefs' offensive front. The former round-two selection has been a day-one value, playing at an elite level through his first two seasons. His 2023 cash amount ranks 50th among all interior offensive linemen. The Chiefs will not have Humphrey on a rookie deal forever, and he should be in line for a hefty extension.