19 NFL tight ends make at least $5 million in average salary per year per overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through July 29, 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 New England Patriots’ Jonnu Smith, who makes $12.5 per season, with his teammate, Hunter Henry tied with him with the same salary. 

The Cleveland Browns’ Austin Hooper rounds out the Top 5 with $10.5 million in average annual salary.


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. Patriots TE Jonnu Smith: $12.5 million
  • 3. Patriots TE Hunter Henry: $12.5 million
  • 5. Browns TE Austin Hooper: $10.5 million
  • 6. Eagles TE Zach Ertz: $8.5 million
  • 7. Falcons TE Kyle Pitts: $8.2 million
  • 8. Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski: $8 million
  • 8. Bears TE Jimmy Graham: $8 million
  • 10. Raiders TE Darren Waller: $7.5 million

– Source: overthecap.com

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

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