Greg Olsen has a message for the rest of the NFL: tight ends deserve better compensation because of their overall value.
Olsen is tired of tight ends getting disrespected when compared to other positions. Despite having similar responsibilities, wide receivers and offensive tackles get compensated much more than tight ends.
“We have to do the same s–t that $15 million left tackle has to do and run routes against the same guy that $15 million wide receiver has to run routes against,” Olsen told Pardon My Take, via BR Gridiron. “And they’re gonna pay us $7 million.”
There’s no doubt the tight end is an underpaid position. Olsen would like to see that change in coming years. If more tight ends speak out, that could improve the market.
Greg Olsen says the TE position needs more respect 💯
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) June 28, 2021
There is no doubt tight ends can drastically impact an offense. Some of the NFL’s top tight ends, like George Kittle and Travis Kelce, elevate offenses (sometimes more than a receiver can). The issue is there’s more elite tackles and receivers than there are tight ends.
Given the limited availability of superstar tight ends, teams can simply plug in an average tight end on a yearly basis, typically paying him a lower salary in the process.
If tight ends become a more focal point of NFL offenses in years to come, compensation will improve. Until then, teams won’t value the position higher than receivers and offensive tackles.