Highest paid tight ends in NFL: 49ers' George Kittle, Chiefs' Travis Kelce land big deals

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Here's a look at the highest paid tight ends in the league for the 2020 NFL season, based on current contracts.

The tight end position has been revolutionized in the NFL in recent years as the position has taken on more of a role in team's offenses.

20 NFL tight ends make at least $5 million in average salary per year per, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Aug. 13, 2020).

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The highest paid tight end in the NFL is George Kittle, who reached a 5-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Kittle will make $15 million per season.

Kittle had been making $674,574 per season in average salary.

Second is now the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce, who reportedly reached a four-year, $57 million extension on Thursday.

Kelce will make $14.25 million per season.

Third is the Los Angeles Chargers' Hunter Henry. He makes $10.6 million per season.

The Cleveland Browns' Austin Hooper is next at $10.5 million, with the Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph fifth at $9 million).

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski ($9 million) is sixth on the list.

PHOTOS: Ranking NFL tight ends by salary

George Kittle is now the highest paid tight end in the NFL.

NFL's highest paid tight ends (average salary per year):

  • 1. 49ers TE George Kittle: $15 million
  • 2.  Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: $14.25 million
  • 3. Chargers TE Hunter Henry: $10.6 million
  • 4. Browns TE Austin Hooper: $10.5 million
  • 5. Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph: $9 million
  • 6. Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski: $9 million
  • 7. Eagles TE Zach Ertz: $8.5 million
  • 8. Bears TE Jimmy Graham: $8 million
  • 9. Saints TE Jared Cook: $7.5 million
  • 10. Raiders TE Darren Waller: $7.5 million

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As the tight end position continues to become more important in the league, the top players will likely continue to earn more in salary each year.

What changes will we see to this list in the future?

To see the 20 NFL tight ends who make at least $5 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.


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