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Which Brother Makes More Money in the NFL: Travis or Jason Kelce?

Over the years, many families have seen its members play in the NFL; the Mannings and Matthews come to mind. Currently, one prominent set of brothers compete in the NFL, Travis and Jason Kelce. While they play for different teams, they both have had incredibly prosperous NFL careers. So which one is more successful financially?

Travis Kelce’s NFL career

Currently playing for the Chiefs, Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Kansas City selected him with the 63rd overall pick in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Cincinnati. Here’s what he’s been able to accomplish thus far in his NFL career: 

  • 507 catches
  • 6,465 receiving yards
  • 12/8 yards per reception 
  • 37 touchdowns
  • Five Pro Bowl selections
  • Two-time All-Pro selection
  • One Super Bowl championship

Pro-Football-Reference compiles similarity scores to help put NFL players’ careers in the proper context. Here are some of the players Travis compares favorably to: 

  • Kellen Winslow
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Dave Casper
  • John Mackey
  • Mike Ditka
  • Jimmy Graham
  • Frank Wycheck

A high percentage of those players are in the Hall of Fame. It wouldn’t be shocking if Travis punched his ticket to Canton when his career is all said and done. He certainly seems on track to do so. 

Jason Kelce’s NFL career

Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a win in 2019
Jason Kelce of the Eagles celebrates a win in 2019 | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jason Kelce with the 191st overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. A center on the Eagles’ offensive line, he’s qualified for three Pro Bowls, been named an All-Pro three times, and won a Super Bowl in 2018 over the New England Patriots.

Up until this past season, the 32-year-old had something Travis did not: a championship ring. Jason’s football story has rather humble beginnings. Like his brother Travis, he played college football at the University of Cincinnati. He began his career as a walk-on linebacker.

Now Jason is an anchor for an offensive line that’s won a championship and been to the playoffs the past three years. He was also named as the 72nd best player in the NFL according to his peers surveyed by the NFL Network in 2019. 

Which NFL brother makes more money: Travis or Jason Kelce? 

Both Kelce brothers are paid handsomely, but Travis makes a bit more than his older brother. According to Spotrac, Jason’s current deal is a three-year, $24.5 million contract with Philadelphia. The team restructured the deal with him in March 2019. He’ll make $11 million in salary this season — up to $19 million with bonuses and incentives — and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Travis’s deal with the Chiefs is a five-year, $46.8 million contract. He’ll make $9.25 million in salary this season — bumped up to $40 million with bonuses and incentives. He’s under contract for a year longer than his brother. (And he won’t become a free agent until 2022.)

Jason has been a standout offensive lineman for his entire career, but it goes to show that a pass catcher with the athleticism, great hands, and blocking ability of Travis is truly rare. Make no mistake; both brothers are among the best players at their respective positions. There certainly aren’t many (if any) tight ends better than Travis, and Jason may be the best center in the NFL. 

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