Ten different linemen earned at least $20 million in total cash in 2020 and 2021. Only one offensive lineman is scheduled to earn at least $20 million in 2022.
More than a year after signing a four-year, $54-million extension, Frank Ragnow enters training camp as the highest-paid NFL offensive lineman in 2022. With a total cash number of $20.8 million, the Detroit Lions’ fifth-year center is the only offensive lineman among the top 40 highest-paid NFL players.
By total cash, here are the highest-paid NFL offensive linemen for 2022:
Highest-Paid NFL Offensive Linemen: Salary Rankings, 2022
|1||Frank Ragnow||Lions||$20.8 million|
|2||Ryan Ramczyk||Saints||$19.2 million|
|3||David Bakhtiari||Packers||$18.6 million|
|4||Brian O'Neill||Vikings||$18 million|
|5||Ikem Ekwonu||Panthers||$17.9 million|
|6||Laremy Tunsil||Texans||$17.9 million|
|7||Brandon Scherff||Jaguars||$17.8 million|
|8||Cam Robinson||Jaguars||$17.8 million|
|9||Garett Bolles||Broncos||$17 million|
|10||Kolton Miller||Raiders||$16.8 million|
1. Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions
Ragnow will earn more in 2022 than he did in the first four years of his career combined.
The deal puts him under contract through the 2026 season, and includes $42 million guaranteed. He’s the only center scheduled to earn more than $14 million in cash this season.
Ragnow is one of only three players on this list who protects one of the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks.
Frank Ragnow career earnings: $17,083,401
2. Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints
One year after making $20.5 million in his fifth NFL season, Ryan Ramczyk dipped to $19.2 million, the first of five years in which his total cash number is at least $14 million.
Ryan Ramcykz career earnings: $29,364,771
3. David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers
Since signing a four-year, $92-million extension in November 2020, David Bakhtiari has played in seven of a possible 28 regular-season and postseason games, only one of which has come after tearing his ACL before Week 17 of the 2020 season.
David Bakhtiari career earnings: $91,106,454
4. Brian O’Neill, Minnesota Vikings
Brian O’Neill might not be the second-best right tackle in the NFL, but the Minnesota Vikings are paying him as such. The former second-round pick is entering the first year of a five-year, $92.5-million deal he signed in September 2021.
Brian O’Neill career earnings: $9,363,773
5. Ikem Ekwonu, Carolina Panthers
In typical rookie contract fashion, approximately two-thirds of Ikem Ekownu’s four-year, $27.6-million contract will be paid in his first season. His total cash number of $17.9 million is comprised of a $17.2-million signing bonus and a $705,000 base salary.
Ikem Ekwonu career earnings: $0
6. Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans
In the penultimate season of a three-year, $66-million extension signed in early 2021, Laremy Tunsil will cash in for the third straight season. He’s made at least $16 million in each of the last three years after earning barely $12 million in his first three years combined.
Laremy Tunsil career earnings: $52,496,805
7. Brandon Scherff, Jacksonville Jaguars
A new team, but the same fat salary for Brandon Scherff in 2022.
One year after making $18 million with Washington, the former first-round pick is scheduled to make $17.8 million with Jacksonville in the first year of a three-year, $49.5-million deal signed in free agency.
Brandon Scherff career earnings: $66,843,708
8. Cam Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cam Robinson was franchise tagged in March but signed a three-year, $54-million contract in May, guaranteeing him $33 million instead of the estimated $16.6 million for the one-year tag in 2022.
Cam Robinson career earnings: $20,994,303
9. Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos
Not many players go from a rejected fifth-year option to a multi-year mega deal – a four-year, $68 million extension in late 2020 that runs through the 2024 seasons – in seven months. After a self-admitted rocky start to his career, Garett Bolles has developed into one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL.
Garett Bolles career earnings: $32,315,413
10. Kolton Miller, Las Vegas Raiders
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden made a lot of dumb decisions atop the Raiders’ organization. Drafting and extending Kolton Miller wasn’t one of them.
The former first-round pick signed a three-year, $54-million deal in April 2021 that runs through the 2025 season.
Miller’s new teammate Davante Adams is one of the 10 highest-paid receivers for 2022.
Kolton Miller career earnings: $22,838,582