10 highest-paid running backs in the NFL, including Christian McCaffrey

San Francisco 49ers' Christian McCaffrey
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San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey continued his run as the highest-paid running back in the NFL on Tuesday.

In surprising news, the 49ers have inked McCaffrey to a two-year, $38 million contract extension that takes him through the 2027 NFL season. It’s a well-earned extension for the dual-threat back.

But it also has running back pay on the front burner around the league once again. Let’s check in on the 10 highest-paid running backs in the NFL and what McCaffrey’s extension means moving forward.

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10. James Conner, Arizona Cardinals

James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
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9. Tony Pollard, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys' Tony Pollard
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8. Derrick Henry, Baltimore Ravens

Tennessee Titans' Derrick Henry
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7. D’Andre Swift, Chicago Bears

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6. Joe Mixon, Houston Texans

Houston Texans running back Joe Mixon
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5. Josh Jacobs, Green Bay Packers

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4. Saquon Barkley, Philadelphia Eagles

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3. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts' Jonathan Taylor
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2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara
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1. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

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