George Kittle, Travis Kelce lead NFL's highest-paid tight ends in 2022

Travis Kelce has been an integral part of the Kansas City Chiefs’ dominance in the Patrick Mahomes era. Considered the best tight end in the league by many, the seven-time pro bowler consistently puts up the numbers of a wide-receiver and shows up during crunch time.

Tight ends are emerging as de facto WR2’s on their teams. In 2021, Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was sixth in receiving yards, according to ESPN. Still, the earnings for the league’s top tight ends lag far behind wide outs. Kelce, the league’s second-highest-paid tight end who was voted the league’s fifth best player in 2021, doesn’t crack the top 50 on Over The Cap’s the highest-paid NFL players list.

Here’s how much the top tight ends make.

Who is the highest paid tight end?

George Kittle has the largest contract and annual average salary. In 2020, he signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him an average of $15 million a season, USA TODAY reported.

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The NFL’s highest paid tight ends in 2022, ranked by salary

Here ar Over The Cap’s NFL tight end salary rankings based on average annual value.

1.George Kittle, 49ers: $15 million ($75 million over 5 years)

2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs: $14.31 million (57.2 million over 4 years)

3. Dallas Goedert, Eagles: $14.25 million ($57 million over 4 years)

4. Mark Andrews, Ravens: $14 million ($56 million over 4 years)

5. David Njoku, Browns: $13.68 million ($54.75 million over 4 years)

T-6. Jonnu Smith, Patriots: $12.5 million ($50 million over 4 years)

T-6. Hunter Henry, Patriots: $12.5 million ($37.5 million over 3 years)

T-8. Dalton Schultz, Cowboys: $10.93 million (1-year contract)

T-8. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins: $10.93 million (1-year contract)

10. Zach Ertz, Cardinals: $10.55 million ($31.65 million over 3 years)

11. Taysom Hill, Saints: $10 million ($40 million over 4 years)

12. Evan Engram, Jaguars: $9 million (1-year contract)

13. Kyle Pitts, Falcons: $8.22 million ($32.91 million over 4 years)

14. Logan Thomas, Commanders: $8.02 million ($24.065 million over 3 years)

T-15. C.J. Uzomah, Jets: $8 million ($24 million over 3 years)

T-15. Will Dissly, Seahawks: $8 million ($24 million over 3 years)

17. Darren Waller, Raiders: $7.575 million ($30.3 million over 4 years)

18. Tyler Higbee, Rams: $7.25 ($29 million over 4 years)

19. Tyler Conklin, Jets: $6.75 million ($20.25 million over 3 years)

T-20. Austin Hooper, Titans: $6 million (1-year contract)

T-20. Gerald Everett, Chargers: $6 million ($12 million over 2 years)

22. Mo Alie-Cox, Colts: $5.85 million ($17.55 million over 3 years)

23. Ian Thomas, Panthers: $5.65 million ($16.95 million over 3 years)

24. T.J. Hockenson, Lions $4.955 million ($19.82 million over 4 years)

25. Nick Boyle, Ravens: $4.875 million ($9.75 million over 2 years)

T-26. Mercedes Lewis, Packers: $4 million ($8 million over 2 years)

T-26. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers: $4 million ($8 million over 2 years)

28. Robert Tonyan, Packers: $3.75 million (1-year contract)

T-29. Durham Smythe, Dolphins: $3.5 million ($7 million over 2 years)

T-29. Hayden Hurst, Bengals: $3.5 million (1 year contract)

T-29. O.J. Howard, Bills: $3.5 million (1 year contract)

T-29. Pharaoh Brown, Texans: $3.5 million (1 year contract)

T-29. Geoff Swaim, Titans: $3.5 million (1 year contract)

NFL salary rankings by position

  • Quarterback

  • Running back

  • Wide receiver

  • Center

  • Tackle

  • Guard

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Highest-paid tight ends in the NFL in 2022, ranked by salary

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