The placekicker, or simply the kicker, is one of the players in American football and is pretty much an important figure in National Football League (NFL). This player is responsible for field goals and extra points. The kickers also serve as the team’s kickoff specialists.
The salary is usually the lowest among the starters on professional teams, but a couple dozens of kickers get to earn a wage of over $1 million per year.
Some of the most famous kickers in NFL history are Morten Andersen and George Blanda, and nowadays Adam Vinatieri, Matt Bryant, Mason Crosby and Robbie Gould.
But which kickers are the best paid as for today? Here is the list:
1. Justin Tucker
The 30-years old kicker from Baltimore Ravens is born in Houston, has joined the Ravens in 2012, and won the Super Bowl in 2013. He is the most accurate kicker to date in NFL history, the only one with 90% percentage, leading by over 1%.
His longest field goal was 61 yards, in 2013, and unofficially 69 yards. He even said in 2016 that an 84.5-yard field goal is possible. In the same year he had a staggering 97.4% field goals percentage. That’s huge!
He is currently the best paid placekicker, earning a salary of over $5 million each year.
2. Robbie Gould
Just a yard close when it comes to the earned salary is Robbie Gould, currently kicker for the San Francisco 49ers. The 37-years old has an 86.8% percentage, making it to Top 10 all-time NFL history and to Top 20 most points all-time. His longest field goal was 58 yards.
He is the second-best paid placekicker, earning also a salary of just over $5 million each year.
Gould played in 2016 for New York Giants, after a 10-year span at Chicago Bears, and in 2007 featured in the Pro Bowl. The Bears will have the next game in September, when they will celebrate 100 years of existence. The exact dates of the games will be announced this spring.
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3. Ka’imi Fairbairn
The 26-years old Houston Texans player spent his childhood in Hawaii, where he is born. He made it to UCLA in 2012 and to the Texans in 2016. In 2018, he was the leading NFL season scorer, with 150 points.
He has an 83.7% field goals percentage, with the longest field goal being 54 yards. Fairbairn also set the Pac-12 record for most career points.
His yearly salary is around $4.5 million.
4. Mason Crosby
The 35-year old from Texas has played for the Green Bay Packers since 2007 and in the same year he has been the leading NFL season scorer, with 141 points.
He scored 329 field goals in his career and has a 58-yard long field goal record, with an 81% overall percentage, and won the Super Bowl in 2011.
Mason Crosby earns over $4 million each year.
5. Graham Gano
The 33-year old is the only one on this list which is not born in the United States. Gano’s father was a US Navy which was stationed in Scotland at the time the placekicker was born.
After playing from 2009 to 2011 for the Washington Redskins, Gano moved to Carolina Panthers, and in 2018 featured in the Pro Bowl. He has an impressive 63-yard field goal, in 2018, this being just one yard short of the current all-time record.
His yearly salary is also over $4 million.