NFL's highest paid tight ends: George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews lead

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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21 NFL tight ends make at least $5 million in average salary per year per, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Sept. 10, 2021).

The highest paid tight end in the NFL is George Kittle, who makes $15 million per season.

Second is the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce, who makes $14.3 million per season.

Third is the Baltimore Ravens' Mark Andrews at $14 million per season.

The New England Patriots' Jonnu Smith, who makes $12.5 per season, with his teammate, Hunter Henry, getting the same average annual salary, are tied for fourth. 

NFL's highest paid players in 2022:

Update: The Philadelphia Eagles announced a four-year contact extension for Dallas Goedert on Friday (Nov. 19, 2021).

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the extension is for $59 million and includes $35.7 million guaranteed, per a source.

Goedert's deal will make him the third-highest paid tight end in football in average annual salary.

NFL's highest paid players in 2021:

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

  • 1. 49ers TE George Kittle: $15 million
  • 2.  Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: $14.3 million
  • 3. Ravens TE Mark Andres: $14 million
  • 4. Patriots TE Jonnu Smith: $12.5 million
  • 4. Patriots TE Hunter Henry: $12.5 million
  • 6. Browns TE Austin Hooper: $10.5 million
  • 7. Eagles TE Zach Ertz: $8.5 million
  • 8. Falcons TE Kyle Pitts: $8.2 million
  • 9. Washington TE Logan Thomas: $8.02 million
  • 10. Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski: $8 million
  • 10. Bears TE Jimmy Graham: $8 million

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WHAT CHANGED?:Highest paid tight ends in NFL in 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce is the second highest paid tight end in the NFL.

To see the 21 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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