Tight ends are the prominent players of the American Football. They can be employed in every position that is offensive and they play a different role that varies from team to team. Tight ends are main blockers but some teams may user them as the sixth lineman, some may use them as wide receivers while some may employ them for both the purposes.
Since the tight ends have a variety of usage, so they are essential for any team and are paid quite well in accordance with their worth for the team. On the basis of the annual salaries these stars receive, we have curated a list of top 10 highest paid tight ends in 2018.
10. Dwayne Allen: $7.4 million
Dwayne Allen was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft. He has proved his value to the team again and again. Allen along with his fellow teammates T.Y. Hilton, Fleener, Vick Ballard and La Von Brazill made an NFL record of 3,108 yards which is the most by any rookie class. On March 7, 2016, he signed a 4-year contract extension worth $29.4 million. He receives a high annual salary worth $7.4 million.
9. Jason Witten: $7.4 million
Jason Witten is an illustrious and bankable tight end of the Cowboys Dallas. Jason has proved his worth over the past few seasons by taking his team to many playoffs. Last season in week 8, he caught the game-winning touchdown in the overtime and became the first player of the team to score in 14 seasons. On March 28, 2017, he signed a four-year contract extension with his team. He receives whopping $7.4 million annually as salary.
8. Greg Olsen: $7.5 million
Greg is a skilful and popular tight end of the Carolina Panthers. He finished his 2016 season with 80 receptions, 1,073 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Greg set an NFL record by becoming the first tight end to record three consecutive 1,000 receiving yards. He was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl in the last season. Greg receives an excellent payout for matches which amount to $7.5 million annually.
7. Charles Clay: $7.6 million
Charles Clay is a newbie in the NFL, he is a young tight end who plays for the Buffalo Bills. His first season was in the year 2015 where he played 13 games and recorded 51 receptions for 528 yards and 3 touchdowns thereby averaging 10.4. Within few years he has made several records in Buffalo Bills franchise. He is the first tight end of the team who scored over 50 receptions and 500+ receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. He also holds the record for most consecutive games with 1+ receiving TD for the Bills. He gets an exorbitant salary of $7.6 million each year.
6. Zach Ertz: $8.5 million
Zach Ertz plays for his team Philadelphia Eagles in NFL. His team picked him in the second round where he was picked 35th overall in the 2013 NFL draft. In 2016, he signed a 5-year extension contract with the Eagles worth $42 million. His team considers him as a valuable player and employs him in various positions. He receives a handsome salary of $8.5 million annually for the skills he showcases in the NFL.
5. Rob Gronkowski: $9 million
Rob Gronkowski is a valuable tight end for the New England Patriots of the NFL. He was ranked as the 9th best player in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. He finished the season with 25 receptions, 540 yards, 38 targets and 3 touchdowns. He secured the No.1 position among tight ends in 2016 for scoring 21.6 yards per reception. He was on the Patriots roster due to injury but his team won Super Bowl LI thereby earning him his second ring. He receives $9 million annually.
4. Julius Thomas: $9.2 million
Julius Thomas signed a five-year contract worth $46 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He took his team to playoffs numerous times and acted as the game-winner on oodles of occasions. In the 2016 season, he played in 9 games with 6 starts recording 30 receptions for 281 yards and four touch yards. On March 9, 2017, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins and signed a two-year contract with the team. He currently plays for them and earns $9.2 million as salary annually.
3. Jordan Reed: $9.4 million
Jordan Reed is a valuable tight end of Redskins in the NFL league. Reed signed a five-year contract extension with his team that is worth $50 million that includes $22 million as a guarantee. On November 24, 2016, he caught the season-high 10 passes for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Cowboys Dallas. He has scored two touchdowns in a single game for 5 times in his career. He holds the record of being the fastest tight end to reach 200 career receptions. He was named to the 2017 Pro Bowl roster, which was his first career nomination in the Pro Bowl. The dexterous player receives a hefty salary as payout which amounts to $ 9.4 million per year.
2. Travis Kelce: $9.4 million
Travis is the key player for the Kansas City Chiefs. On January 29, 2016, he signed a five-year contract extension with the team worth $46 million. On December in a game against Oakland Raiders, the man accumulated 101 receiving yards making it his 4th consecutive game with over 100 receiving yards. He has also made some records in the history of NFL; he is the 3rd tight end for most receiving yards. He was named to second career Pro Bowl and First-team All-Pro in December 2016. He finished the season with 1,125 yards and 85 receptions, which were his career high. Kelvis makes a substantial amount of money; he receives $9.4 million annually.
1. Jimmy Graham: $10 million
Graham is indeed the highest paid tight end of 2017. He is the most valuable tight end by virtue of his skills and wise game. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft. He finished the 2016 season with 923 yards, 65 receptions, and 6 touchdowns. He helped the Seahawks reach the Divisional Round of the playoffs that year. He has many records under his name. He is second all-time for most receiving yards as well as receiving touchdowns by a tight end. Jimmy is fairly paid in lieu of his importance to the team. He receives a whopping salary of $10 million annually.
Tight end position is a prominent position in the American Football. The players at this position are paid exorbitant salaries as they can be employed in almost all position in the game and can make their team win the game. These 10 players are the highest paid tight ends and they totally deserve the payouts that they get.