The landscape of the highest-paid offensive tackles in the NFL has taken a dramatic shift during the past two seasons. Who is the highest-paid OT in the NFL, and which other offensive tackles round out the top 10 at the position?
The highest-paid offensive tackles in the NFL | 6-10
Heading into the 2022 season, we could have seen a shakeup of the highest-paid offensive tackles. However, the news that Orlando Brown Jr. has been franchise-tagged could mean we do not see the top of the list affected. However, there is still a chance we could see the bottom half of the list change significantly in the coming weeks.
10) Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts | AAV: $17.5 million
After losing left tackle Anthony Castonzo this past offseason, the Indianapolis Colts locked up their right tackle Braden Smith. Smith had one year remaining on his deal when he signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension. The new contract makes him the 10-highest paid OT and includes $42 million in guarantees.
9) Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers | AAV: $17.8 million
Last offseason, the Carolina Panthers were determined they would not lose Taylor Moton. They ensured that would be the case by franchise-tagging him before agreeing to a long-term deal. He was set to be paid $13.8 million in base salary on the franchise tag, but the new deal added a further $71.2 million in value across another four years.
Moton will remain cost-controlled in 2022 with a cap number of $7.976 million. However, that will jump to $24.541 million in 2023. If the Panthers are looking to move on from the deal, the first real opportunity will come in 2024. At that point, a release would cost $13.482 million — assuming they don’t restructure the pact in the meantime.
T7) Kolton Miller, Las Vegas Raiders | AAV: $18 million
There may be no contract on this list of highest-paid offensive tackles that has a stranger look to it than that of Kolton Miller. His three-year extension does not officially begin until 2023, but the Raiders could move on before March 18, 2022, without incurring any dead money.
However, once we pass that date, a total of $17.5 million in salary will become guaranteed across 2022 and 2023. Additionally, that will almost guarantee Miller’s roster bonus for 2022, which is due to pay him $13.5 million at the end of August 2022.
T7) Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles | AAV: $18 million
Lane Johnson’s contract is not as convoluted as Miller’s, but it certainly appears that way. The 2022 season will be the first year of his four-year, $72 million contract extension. However, the deal has three years built into the back end that void as soon as his 2022 option bonus is activated.
Right now, the contract is set to make him a free agent in 2026, and he will count $15.763 million against the cap in 2022. That cap number remains fairly static and extremely affordable over the next three years of the deal.
6) Brian O’Neill, Minnesota Vikings | AAV: $18.5 million
Brian O’Neill signed a five-year, $92.5 million contract extension with the Vikings. The deal is set to keep him in Minnesota until the 2027 offseason. He received a $20 million signing bonus and $53.526 million in guarantees as part of the deal. O’Neill’s cap number is relatively controlled at $9.315 million in 2022, but that will rise to an average of $20 million over the next four seasons.
The highest-paid offensive tackles in the NFL | 2-5
Which offensive tackles make up the top five in terms of the highest-paid at the position? Terron Armstead could push his way onto this list, and if Brown can secure a long-term extension from the Chiefs, he could also find himself in this group.
5) Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints | AAV: $19.2 million
Ryan Ramczyk is currently the highest-paid among offensive tackle who plays on the right side of the line. The Saints got a deal done with Ramczyk ahead of the 2021 season. The new money on the deal was $96 million across five additional years. Ramczyk is now under contract through the 2026 season.
The extension had a $19 million signing bonus, $43 million guaranteed at signing, and $60 million in total guarantees. Ramczyk will count just $8.476 million against the Saints’ salary cap this season. That is because the Saints restructured his deal to move $14.565 million in cap space into future years. His cap number is due to be more than $21.441 million in each of the next four years.
4) Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens | AAV: $19.75 million
Ronnie Stanley signed a new deal during the 2020 season. At the time of signing the deal, he was only behind Houston Texans LT Laremy Tunsil in terms of highest-paid OTs. His five-year contract extension is worth $98.75 million, with an AAV of $19.75 million.
In 2022, Stanley will count $18.552 million against the Ravens’ salary cap. In terms of guarantees, Stanley received $22.5 million in a signing bonus, had fully guaranteed salaries in 2020 and 2021, and has another $9.5 million guaranteed in the form of his 2022 base salary.
3) Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans | AAV: $22 million
Entering the final year of his deal in 2020, Tunsil and the Texans agreed to a three-year contract extension. The contract is worth $66 million. The extension made Tunsil the highest-paid OT in the league heading into the 2020 NFL season.
Tunsil’s extension contained $40 million in fully guaranteed money, with a further $10 million in base salary for 2022 becoming fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2021 league year. This deal should keep Tunsil in Houston until at least 2023, at which point the Texans will have an opportunity to move on from the contract.
2) David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers | AAV: $23 million
During the 2020 NFL season, David Bakhtiari became the highest-paid player among offensive tackles in the NFL. The Packers left tackle signed a four-year contract extension worth $92 million. The deal contained a $30 million signing bonus, which was all that was guaranteed in the contract.
Bakhtiari was due to count around $23 million against the Packers’ salary cap in 2022. However, following a contract restructure, he will count $14.577 million against the cap in 2022. Those cap numbers will rise to $30.128 million in 2023 before going to $34.128 million in the final year of the deal.
Who is the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL?
Following Bakhtiari’s deal, it was expected that Trent Williams would receive a similar offer or better, making him the highest-paid offensive tackle.
1) Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers | AAV: $23.01 million
In the early hours of March 17, 2021, the 49ers and Williams agreed to a six-year deal worth $138.06 million. Of that, $55.1 million is guaranteed, with a $30.1 million signing bonus. As a result, Williams just becomes the highest-paid among offensive tackles in terms of AAV and signing bonus.