NFL DL Cap Hits 2022: Chris Jones Tops Rankings

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 29, 2022, 7:08 PM

During the peak of NFL free agency, there were a number of players who changed teams.

There were a few big trades involving quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, that changed the NFL playoff odds and NFL odds for the 2022 season. Players will continue to change teams, even on the defensive side of the ball, with linebackers, cornerbacks, and others going to different cities prior to training camp.

And when it comes to money, defensive linemen have some of the biggest salaries, and therefore cap hits, on that side of the ball.

Chris Jones Has Highest DL Cap Hit in NFL For 2022

After a bit of a slow start to his NFL career, Jones has turned into one of the best defensive linemen in all of football, totaling at least 7.5 sacks the last four seasons, including 15.5 in 2018.

Kansas City’s defensive tackle was rewarded with a four-year contract worth $85 million that he signed in the summer of 2020. It will run through the 2023 season and has him with a $29.4 million cap hit for the 2022 season, the biggest among NFL defensive linemen.

It will grow to over $27 million in 2023. 

Jones has been one of the leaders of an underrated Chiefs defense for the last several years.

What is Aaron Donald’s Cap Hit For 2022?

Immediately following the Rams’ Super Bowl win over the Bengals, there were rumors the 30-year-old could retire. That hasn’t happened, so it’s assumed Donald will be back in Los Angeles for another season.

Donald has three years left on a massive six-year, $135 million contract that will run through the 2024 season. He has a $26.8 million cap hit for the 2022 season, the fourth-highest among NFL defensive linemen.

He was a major reason why the Rams won the Super Bowl, as he makes it extremely difficult for opponents to run against them and has the athleticism to get after the quarterback, too.

 

Full Rankings of 2022 NFL DL Cap Hits

Defensive LinemanTeamCap Hit
Chris JonesChiefs$29.4 million
Leonard WilliamsGiants$27.3 million
Aaron DonaldRams$26.8 million
Grady JarrettFalcons$23.8 million
Javon HargraveEagles$17.8 million
Cameron HeywardSteelers$17.4 million
DeForest BucknerColts$16 million
J.J. WattCardinals$15.9 million
Carl LawsonJets$15.3 million
Trey HendricksonBengals$14.5 million
DeMarcus LawrenceCowboys$14 million
Stephon TuittSteelers$14 million
Frank ClarkChiefs$13.7 million
D.J. ReaderBengals$13.7 million
Yannick NgakoueColts$13 million
Myles Garrett Browns$13 million
John Franklin-MyersJets$12.5 million
Cameron JordanSaints$12.4 million
Danielle HunterVikings$12.3 million
Emmanuel OgbahDolphins$11.4 million

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”