Most Overpaid Defensive Linemen in the NFL

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (97)
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Aug 03, 2022, 2:44 PM
  • The New York Jets’ cap spending on defensive linemen is nearly $23 million more than the average team.
  • Spending on defensive linemen isn’t necessarily helpful for better NFL odds.

NFL teams, especially those in the Big Apple, are spending too much on their defensive linemen.

Here’s a look at the most overpaid D-linemen in the league, which may help shape how you put together NFL parlays.

NFL Defensive Linemen Spending

RankTeamSalary Cap Hit
1Jets$57.1 million
2Colts$54.9 million
3Chiefs$54.5 million
4Bengals$53.6 million
5Eagles$50.8 million
6Giants$45.9 million
7Steelers$43 million
8Rams$42.7 million
9Commanders$41 million
10Jaguars$40.1 million
1149ers$39 million
12Vikings$36.9 million
13Saints$36.8 million
14Cowboys$35.2 million
15Seahawks$34.9 million
16Raiders$33.4 million
17Dolphins$33.2 million
18Browns$30.5 million
19Patriots$28.7 million
20Packers$28.4 million
21Lions$28.3 million
22Bills$28 million
23Cardinals$27 million
24Falcons$26.6 million
25Texans$25.3 million
26Panthers$24.6 million
27Titans$23 million
28Bears$22.4 million
29Chargers$21.9 million
30Buccaneers$21.3 million
31Broncos$18.3 million
32Ravens$17 million

The Jets, whose Super Bowl odds are +12500, have the largest defensive lineman cap hit in the NFL with $57.1 million. The average is $34.5 million.

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Most Overpaid Defensive Lineman Groups

New York Jets

Last year, the Jets were 21st in adjusted line yards and 22nd in adjusted sack rate, measurements from Football Outsiders, which take into account a defensive front’s ability to stop the run and pressure the quarterback.

Many of the Jets’ contributors from last year are back. That includes Quinnen Williams, whose cap hit will be $10.6 million. He was tied for 40th among interior defensive linemen in Pro Football Focus’ grades among those who took 20% of the most snaps in the league, the highest on the team.

Carl Lawson has the biggest cap hit among Jets D-linemen. But he hasn’t played since signing his three-year, $45 million deal after a ruptured Achilles a year ago.

John Franklin-Myers was 16th in PFF’s grades among edge rushers, and his cap hit will be $12.5 million. But it should say something that the Jets traded up for Jermaine Johnson II in the first round of this year’s draft. Despite all the resources they’ve spent on the position, they still needed help up front.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are fifth in the NFL with D-line cap spending at $50.8 million. They’re paying too much for players’ past performances.

Javon Hargrave, a 29-year-old defensive tackle, has a cap hit of $17.8 million, which is almost 8% of the team’s total cap and is fourth among all NFL D-linemen. He was 33rd in PFF’s grades for the position last season.

Fletcher Cox, who’s 32 and will have a $4 million cap hit, tied for 30th in PFF’s grades of D-tackles. Last season, the Eagles were 18th in adjusted line yards and 28th in adjusted sack rate.

Brandon Graham, at 34 years old, will have a cap hit of $9.4 million. He played just two games due to a ruptured Achilles last year.

Derek Barnett ($5.4 million), Josh Sweat ($3.6 million) and Jordan Davis ($3.1 million) are all 26 years old or younger, have minimal cap hits and have shown promise. But Philadelphia is still sending too much money to this position group.

New York Giants

The Giants seem to have begun compiling a promising roster. But they are spending far too much up front on one player in particular.

The Giants were 31st in adjusted line yards and 21st in adjusted sack rate. Yet they’re sixth in the league with a $45.9 million D-line cap hit.

Leonard Williams will have the second-highest cap hit among all defensive linemen in the NFL at $27.3 million. That’s over $3 million more than Aaron Donald and 13.2% of the Giants’ total cap. But while Donald was first in PFF’s grades for interior defensive linemen, Williams was 26th last season.

Kayvon Thibodeaux, who the Giants just drafted fifth overall, has the second-highest cap hit among D-linemen at $5.7 million. And that’s on his rookie deal, which further highlights how much Williams is being paid.

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.