That happened with Matthew Stafford on Monday, but the state of the current quarterback market means he won't be the top - paid player for long. Derek Carr is about to become the highest - paid quarterback in football. According to a report from livefootballonpc.info's Adam Schefter, Carr and the. The NFL's 15 highest - paid players banked $ million in salary, bonuses Quarterback Cam Newton signed a new five-year, $ million contract . next February after opening the season with the 23rd best odds.