Most Overpaid Linebackers in the NFL

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (45)
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Aug 03, 2022, 5:44 PM
  • The Los Angeles Chargers have the highest linebacker cap spending at $52.4 million.
  • The NFL linebacker cap spending average is $25.2 million.

Even though they’re often the focal point of defenses, some linebackers demand significantly more money than what’s proportionate to their production.

Here’s a breakdown of the most overpaid linebackers, which may better educate your NFL parlay choices.

NFL Linebacker Spending

TeamSalary Cap Hit
Chargers$52.4 million
Steelers$49.1 million
Buccaneers$38.8 million
Bears$36.1 million
Titans$34.8 million
Broncos$34.2 million
Jaguars$32.7 million
Bills$31.8 million
Falcons$31.3 million
Packers$30.0 million
Dolphins$28.5 million
49ers$28.2 million
Patriots$28.2 million
Lions$28.0 million
Cardinals$27.6 million
Vikings$27.5 million
Panthers$27.3 million
Jets$26.0 million
Texans$25.3 million
Colts$20.7 million
Ravens$19.4 million
Rams$19.1 million
Raiders$16.8 million
Giants$16.4 million
Seahawks$15.7 million
Saints$14.1 million
Cowboys$12.6 million
Bengals$12.1 million
Commanders$11.5 million
Eagles$11.2 million
Chiefs$10.4 million
Browns$10.1 million
Average$25.2 million

The Los Angeles Chargers, who have Super Bowl odds of +1600, have the highest cap spending on linebackers at $52.4 million, according to Spotrac. The NFL average is $25.2 million.

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Most Overpaid Linebacker Groups

Tennessee Titans

At $34.8 million, the Titans are fifth in the league for cap spending on linebackers. And a big chunk of that goes to one player.

Bud Dupree will have a cap hit of $19.2 million in 2022, which is 9.1% of the Titans’ total cap. And after standing out in Pittsburgh, Dupree hasn’t lived up to his five-year, $82.5 million deal.

Last year, he was 105th in Pro Football Focus’ grades for edge rushers who have played at least 20% of the most snaps in the league. In 12 games, he totaled three sacks and 17 tackles.

While no other Titans linebacker will have a cap hit of more than $5.1 million, and seven will have a cap hit of at least $1 million.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos’ linebacker cap spending, which is sixth in the NFL at $34.2 million, looks similar to the Titans. One player stands clearly above the rest.

Bradley Chubb will have a $13.9 million cap hit in 2022. And while he showed promise as a rookie, he’s played 25 games in the last three years and has totaled 8.5 sacks in that time. He was 123rd in PFF’s grades among edge rushers last year.

The Broncos added Randy Gregory this offseason. He tied for 48th in PFF’s grades for edge rushers, but he’ll have a cap hit of $6 million.

Eight Broncos linebackers will have a cap hit of about $1 million or more.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons’ linebacker cap spending is even more top-heavy than the previous two teams. While only five will have a cap hit of about $1 million or more, Atlanta is ninth in the NFL with linebacker cap spending of $31.3 million.

That’s because Deion Jones’ cap hit will be $20 million this year. That’s third in the league behind only TJ Watt of the Steelers ($31.1 million) and Joey Bosa of the Chargers ($28.3 million).

While Jones tallied 137 tackles last year, he was 89th in PFF’s grades of linebackers. He hasn’t made a Pro Bowl since 2017.

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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.