Most Underpaid Linebackers in the NFL

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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Aug 03, 2022, 5:28 PM
  • The Cleveland Browns have the lowest cap hit for linebackers at $10.1 million.
  • The average NFL team has a $25.2 million cap hit for linebackers.

Linebackers are often regarded as the quarterbacks of their defenses, but some NFL teams don’t pay them like they do their signal callers.

Here’s a look at the most underpaid linebackers in the league, which can better help you put together NFL parlays.

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

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Most Underpaid Linebacker Groups

Cleveland Browns

The Browns’ cap hit for linebackers is the lowest in the NFL at $10.1 million. That’s $15.1 million below the average.

The team won’t have a linebacker with more than a $2 million cap hit. Anthony Walker Jr., who tied for 19th in Pro Football Focus’ grades of linebackers who played at least 20% of the most snaps in the league, will have a cap hit of $1.8 million.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, an outside linebacker drafted in the second round last season, will have a cap hit of $1.5 million. He was 10th in PFF’s grades as a rookie.

Sione Takitaki, with a cap hit of $1.2 million, was graded 22nd by PFF. The Browns, who have Super Bowl odds of +2000, were in the top half of the league in PFF’s team grades for coverage (first), pass rush (eighth). run defense (15th) and tackling (16th).

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys had another rookie stand out last season. Micah Parsons was the Defensive Rookie of the Year after being drafted 12th overall.

He leads the team for cap hits among linebackers at $3.9 million. Dallas is sixth in the league for cap spending on linebackers at $12.6 million.

Leighton Vander Esch will have a cap hit of $2 million and was 39th in PFF’s grades while Parsons was first. No other Cowboys linebacker will have a cap hit of more than $1.2 million.

Dallas was 15th in PFF’s overall grades of defenses in 2021.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints’ linebacker cap spending last season was seventh, just behind the Cowboys, at $14.1 million. Their linebacking corps was one of the best in the league in 2021.

Demario Davis leads the team with a $5.9 million cap hit. And while he’s 33 years old, he was ninth last season in PFF’s grades.

Pete Werner was even higher on that list, as he was graded sixth. The 23-year-old will have a cap hit of $1.3 million. Zack Baun ($1.3 million) is the only other linebacker on the team with a cap hit of more than $1 million.

While it was with Kwon Alexander, the Saints’ overall defense was graded second by PFF in 2021.

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Colton Pool

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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.