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The 10 Lowest-Paid Players in This Year’s Super Bowl

George Malone
·4 min read
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Usually the lowest-paid players on an NFL team are the rookies and practice squad players. They rarely have an opportunity to make much impact.

When GOBankingRates analyzed the 10 lowest-paid players on the two Super Bowl teams, there were a couple of exceptions to that rule.

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Although several players on the list are second- and third-stringers, the lowest-paid player is a special teams starter, and another on the list will be starting on the offensive line because of injuries.

Read on to see the top bargains on this year’s Super Bowl teams.

Last updated: Feb. 1, 2021

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Justin Edmonds/AP/Shutterstock (10974332nq)Kansas City Chiefs tight end Nick Keizer (48) jogs off the field after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in DenverChiefs Broncos Football, Denver, United States - 25 Oct 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Justin Edmonds/AP/Shutterstock (10974332nq)Kansas City Chiefs tight end Nick Keizer (48) jogs off the field after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in DenverChiefs Broncos Football, Denver, United States - 25 Oct 2020.

10. Nick Keizer

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: Tight End

  • Base Salary: $610,000

  • Cap Hit: $610,000

The second-string tight end is no Travis Kelce — he had six catches for 63 yards this season.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brian Blanco/AP/Shutterstock (11017154aa)Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tanner Hudson (88) walks the turf before the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Charlotte, N.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brian Blanco/AP/Shutterstock (11017154aa)Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tanner Hudson (88) walks the turf before the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Charlotte, N.

9. Tanner Hudson

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: Tight End

  • Base Salary: $595,588

  • Cap Hit: $595,588

The Bucs have many more options on offense. Hudson has three catches for 41 yards this season.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jason Behnken/AP/Shutterstock (11086247ct)Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Martinas Rankin (74) wars a face mask during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, FlaChiefs Buccaneers Football, Tampa, United States - 29 Nov 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jason Behnken/AP/Shutterstock (11086247ct)Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Martinas Rankin (74) wars a face mask during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, FlaChiefs Buccaneers Football, Tampa, United States - 29 Nov 2020.

8. Martinas Rankin

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: Left Tackle

  • Base Salary: $591,180

  • Cap Hit: $591,180

The Chiefs will hope to get their money’s worth out of Rankin because he will start in the Super Bowl since star left tackle Eric Fisher is injured.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Reed Hoffmann/AP/Shutterstock (11682501ap)Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle (13) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in Kansas City, MoChargers Chiefs Football, Kansas City, United States - 03 Jan 2021.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Reed Hoffmann/AP/Shutterstock (11682501ap)Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle (13) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in Kansas City, MoChargers Chiefs Football, Kansas City, United States - 03 Jan 2021.

7. Byron Pringle

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: Wide Receiver

  • Base Salary: $586,766

  • Cap Hit: $586,766

If the third-string wide receiver gets into the game, you can bet he’ll have one catch. That’s because Pringle played 13 games and tallied 13 catches (for 160 yards and one touchdown) this season.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AP/Shutterstock (10949107fj)Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ross Cockrell (43) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in ChicagoBuccaneers Bears Football, Chicago, United States - 08 Oct 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AP/Shutterstock (10949107fj)Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ross Cockrell (43) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in ChicagoBuccaneers Bears Football, Chicago, United States - 08 Oct 2020.

6. Ross Cockrell

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: Cornerback

  • Base Salary: $642,353

  • Cap Hit: $529,416

The 29-year-old second-string cornerback played in 12 games this season, racking up 11 tackles.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tyler Kaufman/AP/Shutterstock (11650747hc)Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Darius Harris (47) during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, in New OrleansChiefs Saints Football, New Orleans, United States - 20 Dec 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tyler Kaufman/AP/Shutterstock (11650747hc)Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Darius Harris (47) during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, in New OrleansChiefs Saints Football, New Orleans, United States - 20 Dec 2020.

5. Darius Harris

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: Outside Linebacker

  • Base Salary: $502,348

  • Cap Hit: $502,348

Harris, 25, played in just four games for the Chiefs this season, totaling 14 tackles as the third-string linebacker.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Reed Hoffmann/AP/Shutterstock (11682501k)Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tim Ward (90) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in Kansas City, MoChargers Chiefs Football, Kansas City, United States - 03 Jan 2021.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Reed Hoffmann/AP/Shutterstock (11682501k)Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tim Ward (90) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in Kansas City, MoChargers Chiefs Football, Kansas City, United States - 03 Jan 2021.

4. Tim Ward

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: Defensive End

  • Base Salary: $287,056

  • Cap Hit: $287,056

Ward, a rookie out of Old Dominion, played in only one game for the Chiefs this season but made five tackles.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris O'Meara/AP/Shutterstock (10281361u)Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter during an NFL football minicamp, in Tampa, FlaBuccaneers Football, Tampa, USA - 05 Jun 2019.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris O'Meara/AP/Shutterstock (10281361u)Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter during an NFL football minicamp, in Tampa, FlaBuccaneers Football, Tampa, USA - 05 Jun 2019.

3. Jeremiah Ledbetter

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: Defensive End

  • Base Salary: $198,529

  • Cap Hit: $198,529

Ledbetter, a third-year player, totaled three tackles in three games as a third-string defensive end.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock (10550756cv)Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski (61) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game, in Miami Gardens, Fla49ers Chiefs Super Bowl Football, Miami Gardens, USA - 02 Feb 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock (10550756cv)Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski (61) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game, in Miami Gardens, Fla49ers Chiefs Super Bowl Football, Miami Gardens, USA - 02 Feb 2020.

2. Stefen Wisniewski

  • Team: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Position: Guard

  • Base Salary: $185,294

  • Cap Hit: $185,294

Wisniewski has impressive timing. Cut by the Eagles in 2019, he signed with the Chiefs in October and won a Super Bowl title. After signing in the offseason with the Steelers, he suffered an injury and was waived in November 2020. Wisniewski then signed again with the Chiefs, where he played two games before going back to the practice squad. With all the injuries on the offensive line, Wisniewski might play in the Super Bowl against the Bucs.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kevin Sabitus/AP/Shutterstock (11703392fd)Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (85) smiles after beating the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game, in Tampa, FlaFalcons Buccaneers Football, Tampa, United States - 03 Jan 2021.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kevin Sabitus/AP/Shutterstock (11703392fd)Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (85) smiles after beating the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game, in Tampa, FlaFalcons Buccaneers Football, Tampa, United States - 03 Jan 2021.

1. Jaydon Mickens

  • Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: Kick Returner/Punt Returner

  • Base Salary: $48,529

  • Cap Hit: $48,529

Mickens is by far the biggest bargain at the Super Bowl. He has seven catches in 10 games, but his real value comes in the return game. Mickens has 16 punt returns and 14 kickoff returns this season.

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Methodology: In order to find the 10 lowest-paid players in this year’s Super Bowl (LV), GOBankingRates used Spotrac’s team cap tracker for the 2020 season for both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. GOBankingRates then combined the two teams’ active rosters and sorted in terms of (1) total cap hit with the 10 lowest-paid players being included in the final list. For the bottom 10 the following data points were found along with total cap hit: (2) player name; (3) team played for; (4) position; (5) base salary; (6) signing bonus; (7) roster bonus; (8) workout bonus; (9) restructure bonus; and (10) any miscellaneous bonuses. GOBankingRates also used both teams depth charts to create a 10 lowest-paid starters for each team following the same criteria. All data was collected on and up to date as of Jan. 25, 2021.

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