NFL QB Cap Hits 2022: Updated Rankings

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Oct 26, 2022, 6:00 AM
  • Ryan Tannehill ($38.6M) has the highest salary cap hit among NFL QBs.
  • Four QBs have cap hits over $30 million.

While cap space isn’t the end all be all to having success in the NFL, having money to work with and spend certainly helps a team’s NFL playoff odds and NFL odds overall. 

Committing a large salary, which can include dead cap hits, to one player can limit spending at other positions, including wide receiver and tight end, which is why it’s so important to capitalize when having superstar players on rookie contracts. 

When it comes to the quarterback position, obviously, some of the best players are the ones with the highest cap hits (all according to Spotrac).

What is Matt Ryan’s Salary Cap Hit With Colts?

Early in the offseason, Matt Ryan had a $48.7 million cap hit for 2022 with the Atlanta Falcons, the highest in the entire NFL.

But, then Ryan was traded to the Colts.

Once Ryan joined Indianapolis, he restructured his contract to help the team with cap space. The Colts converted $12 million of his contract for 2022 into a signing bonus, creating $6 million of cap space.

The quarterback has a 2022 salary cap hit of $18.7 million.

Ryan, 37 years old, was the starter for the first seven weeks of the season, but following nine interceptions and 11 fumbles, the organization made the decision to start Sam Ehlinger.

Aaron Rodgers Contract for 2022

Rodgers is back in Green Bay for another season and received a massive contract.

The 38-year-old signed a three-year, $150 million deal with just over $100 million guaranteed. With that being said, his cap hit for 2022 is only $28.5 million. That is well down from the $46.7 million before the new contract.

Rodgers’ best receiver Davante Adams was dealt to the Raiders, likely due to Green Bay not having enough money to give him the money he wanted.

The Green Bay quarterback has struggled early in the 2022 season, with the Packers struggling to get any momentum going on both sides of the ball.

Full List 2022 NFL QB Cap Hits

QuarterbackTeamCap Hit
Ryan TannehillTitans$38.6 million
Patrick MahomesChiefs$35.8 million
Kirk CousinsVikings$31.4 million
Jared GoffLions$31.2 million
Aaron RodgersPackers$28.5 million
Carson WentzCommanders$28.3 million
Lamar JacksonRavens$23 million
Dak PrescottCowboys$19.9 million
Derek CarrRaiders$19.4 million
Sam DarnoldPanthers$18.9 million
Matt RyanColts$18.7 million
Josh AllenBills$16.4 million
Jimmy Garoppolo49ers$14 million
Matt StaffordRams$13.5 million
Kyler MurrayCardinals$12.7 million
Tom BradyBuccaneers$11.9 million
Joe BurrowBengals$9.9 million
Deshaun WatsonBrowns$9.4 million
Daniel JonesGiants$8.4 million
Trevor LawrenceJaguars$8.4 million

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”