Denver Broncos five highest-paid players for the 2022 season

May 23, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during OTA workouts at the UC Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during OTA workouts at the UC Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) enters the field during player introductions before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Empower Field at Mile High Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos highest-paid player in 2022 no. 5: Bradley Chubb, EDGE

2022 cash: $13.926 million

Coming in at just under $14 million is Denver Broncos pass rusher Bradley Chubb.

The Broncos committed to this financial investment a year ago, so they knew what they were getting into this offseason.

The fifth-year rookie contract option for Chubb is not far off of a franchise tag number, and the Broncos deciding to bring Chubb back at this figure is not to be taken lightly.

George Paton’s belief in Chubb has been nothing if not consistent. He believes in Chubb and has routinely called him a core player on this team.

In an ideal world, Chubb proves he can stay healthy and gets a long-term deal with the Denver Broncos. We don’t exactly live in an ideal world but we live in a world where Chubb has missed significant time in each of the last three seasons for one injury or another.

Are those injuries his fault?

Absolutely not, but the Denver Broncos have some better insurance now.

The team used its top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Oklahoma pass rusher Nik Bonitto.

The arrival of Bonitto does not exactly mean bad news for Bradley Chubb. Could it mean the Broncos would be more willing to move on after this year if Chubb doesn’t turn things around?

Perhaps.

For now, he’s got the fifth-highest cash payout on the team in 2022 and the pressure is on.