KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spending on tight ends is up for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015, and the Chiefs are no longer near the bottom of the league in that area.
A closer look at how the Chiefs are spending their salary-cap dollars on tight ends.
Percent of Chiefs’ total salary cap spent on tight ends: 3.4 (up from 2.0 percent).
NFL average salary-cap spending on TEs: $7,016,651.
Chiefs’ rank in TE spending: 22nd among 32 teams (up from 29th last year).
Analysis: As at quarterback and running back, a large chunk of the Chiefs’ spending is going to one player. Kelce had one more season remaining on the contract he signed as a third-round draft pick in 2013, but he and the Chiefs agreed in January to an extension that bumped his compensation for 2016. Even by giving Kelce a significant raise, the Chiefs are in the bottom half of spending at this position because their other tight ends are young players on team-friendly contracts.