NFL RB Cap Hits 2022: Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry Top Rankings

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) sprints to the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 29, 2022, 6:15 AM

NFL free agency is basically over.

And with many players changing teams, it had a major impact on NFL odds and NFL playoff odds for the upcoming season. 

The salary cap plays a role in free agency when it comes to how a team is built as well as how much it can spend. If a team devotes a large salary to running backs, it may not be able to afford top quarterbacks, wide receivers, or tight ends.

Running backs typically don’t carry tremendously high salaries, but there are some exceptions.

Which Running Back Has Highest Salary Cap Hit in 2022?

Ezekiel Elliott has the highest salary cap hit in the NFL next season at $18.2 million. Before the 2019 season, Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension with the Cowboys, which goes through the 2026 season.

Elliott’s cap number this year is the highest it will be over the course of the deal. Last year it was just $6.8 million, and in 2023, it will be $16.7 million. 

The 26-year-old has been in the league for six years and has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in four of them, falling just short in the other two. Last season, Elliott finished with 1,002 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

What is Christian McCaffrey’s Cap Hit for 2022?

McCaffrey has only played in 10 games over the last two seasons because of injuries, but when on the field, he’s been arguably the best running back in the league. 

With that being said, McCaffrey’s 2022 cap hit is $8.8 million for 2022 following a restructure this offseason. 

There have been rumblings the Panthers could look to trade the versatile running back, but nothing appears imminent. In seven games last year, McCaffrey totaled 442 yards on 99 carries and added 343 receiving yards.

Full List of 2022 NFL RB Cap Hits

Running BackTeamCap Hit
Ezekiel ElliottCowboys$18.2 million
Derrick HenryTitans$15 million
Dalvin CookVikings$11.9 million
Joe MixonBengals$11.4 million
Christian McCaffreyPanthers$8.8 million
Saquon BarkleyGiants$7.2 million
Austin Ekeler Chargers$7 million
Kareem HuntBrowns$6.3 million
Alvin KamaraSaints$6.1 million
Chris CarsonSeahawks$6.1 million
Aaron JonesPackers$5.9 million
Rashaad PennySeahawks$5.5 million
Chase EdmundsCardinals$5.5 million
Nick ChubbBrowns$5.2 million
Nyheim HinesColts$5.1 million
Jamaal WilliamsLions$4.6 million
Gus EdwardsRavens$4.5 million
James ConnerCardinals$4 million
Kenyan DrakeRaiders$3.9 million
Josh JacobsRaiders$3.8 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.”