NFL TE Cap Hits 2022: Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith Top Rankings

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New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 29, 2022, 6:00 AM

NFL free agency has come and gone and that means lots of player movement around the league. 

This certainly impacted NFL playoff odds, and NFL odds in general, for next season.

All this also means analyzing the salary cap for teams, especially for those who do not have much cap space available to spend on free agents. The more money allocated to a player at one position typically means less at others. 

While not nearly as high as quarterbacks and wide receivers, tight ends still account for some pretty big salaries. 

What is George Kittle’s New Cap Hit?

George Kittle is arguably the best tight end in the NFL and is the highest paid, but he doesn’t have the highest cap hit at the position for 2022.

The 49ers restructured his contract this past offseason, so he now has a cap hit of $7.7 million, much lower than the previous $16 million.

In 14 games in 2021, Kittle totaled 71 receptions for 910 yards and six touchdowns. His best season came in his second year, 2018, when he recorded 88 catches for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns.

What is Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce’s Cap Hit For 2022?

While Kelce is right up there with Kittle in terms of being one of the best tight ends in the league, Kelce will have an $8.9 million cap hit in 2022.

The 32-year-old just recorded his sixth straight 1,000-yard receiving season and had nine touchdowns, two shy of a career-high. 

Kelce is signed in Kansas City through the 2025 season, but this is the last year his cap hit is in the single digits. It will jump to $14.7 million in 2023 and top out at $18.7 million in the final year of the deal.

Full List 2022 NFL TE Cap Hits

Tight EndTeamCap Hit
Hunter HenryPatriots$15 million
Jonnu SmithPatriots$13.7 million
Mike GesickiDolphins$10.9 million
David NjokuBrowns$10.9 million
Dalton SchultzCowboys$10.9 million
Mark AndrewsRavens $9.7 million
Travis KelceChiefs$8.9 million
Tyler HigbeeRams$8.1 million
George Kittle49ers$7.8 million
Kyle PittsFalcons$7.5 million
Nick BoyleRavens$7 million
Darren WallerRaiders$6.8 million
T.J. HockensonLions$6.5 million
Mo Alie-CoxColts$6.3 million
Logan ThomasCommanders$6.2 million
Zach ErtzCardinals$4.8 million
C.J. UzomahJets$4.7 million
Will DisslySeahawks$4.6 million
Marcedes LewisPackers$4.5 million
Chris ManhertzJaguars$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.”