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The 25 Highest-Paid NFL Tight Ends

  • Giants tight end Darren Waller leads the way at $17 million.
  • Three-time Super Bowl winner Travis Kelce is fourth on the list.
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The tight end position has evolved from an added protection player to a versatile chess piece for offensive coordinators.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce told Front Office Sports last September that his position and the running back position have become more versatile by being lined up at multiple spots on the field.

As such, the position has seen its salaries go on an upward swing.

Giants tight end Darren Waller tops the list of the highest-paid NFL tight end. At $17 million per year, Waller leads a star-studded top five, including T.J. Hockenson, George Kittle, Kelce, and Dallas Goedert.

Hockenson and Kittle trail Waller at $16.5 million and $15 million, respectively. Hockenson signed a four-year, $66 million contract extension with the Vikings this past offseason. In 2020, Kittle signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension with the 49ers.

Kelce comes in at No. 4, making $14.31 million. Kelce signed a four-year, $57.25 million extension with the Chiefs in 2020. Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert caps off the top five, trailing just behind Kelce at $14.25 million. Goedert signed a four-year, $57 million extension with the Eagles in ’21.

Top 25 Paid Tight Ends 

Here is the list of the top 25 highest-paid NFL tight ends by average annual value for the 2023–24 season. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 10, 2024
  • Will be updated again: April 17, 2024

RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Darren WallerNew York Giants$17 million
2 T.J. HockensonMinnesota Vikings$16.5 million
3George KittleSan Francisco 49ers$15 million
4Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs$14.3 million
5Dallas GoedertPhiladelphia Eagles$14.25 million
6Mark AndrewsBaltimore Ravens$14 million
7 Evan EngramJacksonville Jaguars$13.75 million
8David NjokuCleveland Browns$13.7 million
9Cole KmetChicago Bears$12.5 million
10Dalton SchultzHouston Texans$12 million
11Noah FantSeattle Seahawks$10.5 million
12Taysom HillNew Orleans Saints$10 million
13Dawson KnoxBuffalo Bills$9.8 million
14Hunter HenryNew England Patriots$9 million
15Tyler HigbeeLos Angeles Rams$8.5 million
16Kyle PittsAtlanta Falcons$8.2 million
17Colby ParkinsonLos Angeles Rams$7.5 million
18Josh OliverMinnesota Vikings$7 million
19Tyler ConklinNew York Jets$6.75 million
T-20Gerald EverettChicago Bears$6 million
T-20Juwan JohnsonNew Orleans Saints$6 million
22Mo Alie-CoxIndianapolis Colts$5.85 million
23Will DisslyLos Angeles Chargers$4.7 million
24Jonnu SmithMiami Dolphins$4.2 million
25Foster MoreauNew Orleans Saints$4.1 million
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