The sports world is full of athletic families, where multiple members go on to enjoy successful professional careers. The NFL, in particular, has plenty of families like these. Consider the punters Britton and Dustin Colquitt. Not only do both brothers play in the league today, but their father and uncle also enjoyed careers as NFL punters.
It’s only natural to speculate about competition between brothers as talented as the Colquitts. One common question has to do with how much each makes. Let’s look at the careers of both Britton and Dustin Colquitt and compare their contracts.
Britton Colquitt’s NFL career
After a college career marred by drinking problems, Britton Colquitt went undrafted and signed his first deal with the Denver Broncos in December 2009. He quickly proved himself a valuable punter. In 2011, he racked up 4,783 punting yards — good for sixth all-time in a single season.
Britton spent the first six years of his career with the Broncos, winning Super Bowl 50. Then he played three years for the Cleveland Browns, before signing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. Over the course of his career, he’s made 780 punts, and only three were blocked. His longest punt was 79 yards, and his average yards per punt is a respectable 45.5.
This March, Britton signed a three-year extension with the Vikings. This will see him earn a total of $9 million; in other words, $3 million per year. Currently 35 years old, Britton has an estimated net worth of $19 million.
Dustin Colquitt’s NFL career
Dustin Colquitt is the older of the two Colquitt brothers. The Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 99th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He’s remained with KC for his entire 15-year NFL career. This makes him the longest-tenured player on the Kansas City roster. Recently, Dustin won his first-ever Super Bowl when the Chiefs beat the 49ers 31-20.
In his time with the Chiefs, Dustin has made a total 1,124 total punts, the most in Chiefs history. He also holds the Chiefs record for most punting yards with 50,393. His longest punt was 81 yards — an all-time Chiefs record — and his average career punt distance is 44.8 yards.
Dustin’s current contract will see him make $1.95 million with the Chiefs in 2020 — over $1 million less than what Britton will make in 2020. Yet Dustin still holds the edge when it comes to net worth, with a total value of $20 million.
How Brittin and Dustin compare to the highest-paid NFL kicker
Neither Colquitt brother is the highest-paid kicker in the NFL. Instead, that honor goes to Baltimore‘s Justin Tucker. In 2019, the Ravens signed Tucker to a four-year, $20 million extension. This comes out to an average of $5 million per year — far more than either of the Colquitt brothers’ earnings.
Such a huge salary gap can be explained in a couple of ways. For one thing, unlike the Colquitt’s, who both primarily kick punts, Tucker exclusively handles kickoffs and field goals.
An accurate field-goal kicker, in particular, is considered highly desirable since he scores points for his team. And Tucker isn’t just a good or above-average kicker; he is the single most accurate kicker in all of NFL history, with a career field-goal percentage of 90.8.