NFL’s Payton, Ingram, Brees, Ryan among Saints in top-10 salaries

The NFL announced Wednesday that Saints running back Mark Ingram is among the league’s top 10 highest-paid players.

The Saints are in the top 10 of the league in total salary, per Pro Football Reference, and their average salary is $1.1 million, which is just shy of the $1 million cap hit for wide receiver Julio Jones.

Brees is the top-paid wide receiver, with an average salary of $1,113,000.

The other five players in the Saints’ top 10 are cornerback Janoris Jenkins ($1,001,000), linebacker Junior Galette ($1.02 million), cornerback Keenan Lewis ($1 million), running back Alvin Kamara ($1 billion), and cornerback Marshon Lattimore ($1 $1).

The top-ranked wide receiver in the NFL is running back LeSean McCoy, with a $1 billion salary.

The other Saints players in top 10 pay are defensive end Cameron Jordan ($1) and cornerback Janis Anderson ($1).

In the top 5, the only players with a total compensation higher than $1B are safety Jahri Evans ($1), wide receiver Kenny Stills ($1B), running backs Mark Ingram ($1 and $1), and running back Darren Sproles ($1M).

The Saints are also among the top 20 in average annual salary, with the average salary for defensive tackle Cameron Jordan coming in at $2.1M.

The average salary on the defensive line, meanwhile, is $2,068,000, with defensive tackle Ryan Kerrigan (2.9M) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul ($2.3M) at the top of the list.