- The Broncos have the NFL’s highest cap hit for defensive backs at $51.2 million.
- The Jaguars, Commanders and Seahawks are overpaying for their DBs.
Bringing in talented defensive backs can sometimes require spending plenty of money for NFL teams. But some franchises fork over a little too much.
Here’s a look at the most overpaid defensive backs, which may better educate you as you put together NFL parlays.
NFL Defensive Back Spending
|Team||DB Cap Money|
Most Underpaid and Overpaid NFL Players
Overpaid Quarterbacks | Underpaid Quarterbacks | Overpaid Running Backs | Underpaid Running Backs | Overpaid Wide Receivers | Underpaid Wide Receivers | Overpaid Offensive Linemen | Underpaid Offensive Linemen | Overpaid Defensive Linemen | Underpaid Defensive Linemen | Overpaid Linebackers | Underpaid Linebackers | Underpaid Defensive Backs
Most Overpaid Defensive Back Groups
The Jaguars had the second-worst pass defense DVOA last season, according to Football Outsiders. And yet they have the fourth-largest cap hit for defensive backs in the NFL at $49.8 million.
Shaquill Griffin is set to have a cap hit of $16.4 million in 2022, the second-highest in the league at his position behind only Jalen Ramsey ($23.2 million). That’s 7% of Jacksonville’s total cap.
And while Griffin is a former Pro Bowler, he had the 16th-best grade at his position via Pro Football Focus among cornerbacks who played at least 50% of the most snaps in the NFL.
Rayshawn Jenkins, tied for 55th among safeties in PFF’s grades, will have a cap hit of about $10 million. Darious Williams, tied for 48th in those grades among cornerbacks, will have a cap hit of $6.9 million.
No other DB on the team will have a cap hit of more than $2.5 million.
— NFL (@NFL) March 16, 2021
While Washington was 28th in pass DVOA a season ago, the team is set to have the 10th-highest cap spending on defensive backs in 2022.
William Jackson III will have a cap hit of $13.8 million this season, which is 6.5% of the team’s total cap and is fifth in the league. He was tied for 56th in PFF’s cornerback grades.
Kendall Fuller is a different story. While he’ll have a cap hit of $11.1 million, seventh in the NFL, the cornerback was third in PFF’s grades last season.
No other defensive back on the team will have a cap hit of more than $2.8 million. Washington was 27th in the NFL in total defensive DVOA last year.
— NFL (@NFL) November 30, 2021
The Seahawks have an above-average cap hit for defensive backs in 2022 at $36.7 million, 11th in the league. But their secondary was below average last year.
Seattle was 26th in pass defense DVOA and 21st in total defensive DVOA in 2021.
Jamal Adams’ cap hit leads Seattle’s secondary at $9.1 million, eighth in the NFL at his position. While he was 46th in PFF’s grades of safeties last season, he’s still a dynamic playmaker.
Quandre Diggs is second on the team among defensive back cap spending at $5.8 million. He was 20th in PFF’s grades among safeties.
Sidney Jones, who was 23rd in PFF’s cornerback grades, leads Seattle’s cornerback cap spending at $3.6 million. Ugo Amadi will have a cap hit of $2.7 million and was 76th in those grades.
Watch Jamal Adams clear the line 😱
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2021