Who Are the Highest Paid Running Backs in the NFL in 2020?

Tim Kelly
May 29, 2020 - 1:43 pm

A high-ankle sprain and uncreative offensive may have limited his production in his second NFL season, but there's a very real chance that Saquon Barkley explodes and is one of the most valuable weapons in the sport in 2020.

Just two seasons ago, Barkley had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, rushing for 1,307 yards on 5.0 yards per carry and catching 91 passes for good measure. If that was just the former No. 2 overall pick scratching the surface of what he could do in the NFL, he could ultimately be one of the greatest players at his position in the history of the league.

Even though he was a high first-round pick, Barkley will be the 19th highest-paid running back in the NFL in 2020, as the 23-year-old is set to make $3.4 million in his third NFL season. If he emerges as one of the game's elite players in 2020, there's a very good chance that he'll seek a new deal, as Ezekiel Elliott and Christian McCaffrey have successfully done after monster third seasons.

For now, Barkley is underpaid relative to the production that he's likely to put up. Here's a look at the 10 running backs that will take home the most money in 2020:

Jordan Howard signed with the Dolphins this offseason. Photo credit (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Tevin Coleman is hoping for a bounce-back season. Photo credit (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Todd Gurley signed with the Falcons this offseason. Photo credit (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
Melvin Gordon signed with the Broncos this offseason. Photo credit (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Austin Ekeler had his best season in 2019. Photo credit (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Derrick Henry is coming off of a monster season. Photo credit (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
David Johnson was acquired by the Texans this offseason. Photo credit (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Le'Veon Bell is looking for a bounce-back season in 2020. Photo credit (Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Ezekiel Elliott has been one of this era's best running backs. Photo credit (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Christian McCaffrey is coming off of a monster season. Photo credit (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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