List of largest sports contracts

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The following is a list of the largest sports contracts. These figures include signing bonuses but exclude options, buyouts, and endorsement deals. This list does not reflect the highest annual salaries or career earnings, only the largest contracts and thus is limited to athletes in team sports and auto racing. Athletes in individual sports, such as golf, tennis, and boxing are not employed by a team and usually earn money primarily through event winnings. This list also does not necessarily reflect actual money collected by the athletes, since some contracts are eventually terminated (usually due to an athlete either retiring or invoking his opt-out clause). Included in this list are contracts totaling at least US$100 million.

Largest sports contracts[edit]

Rank Player Team Sport Length of contract Contract value (USD) Average per year (USD) Average per game9 (USD) Ref
01 Stanton, GiancarloGiancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins Baseball 13 years (2015–2027) $325,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [1]
02 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $292,000,000 $29,200,000 $180,246.91 [2]
03 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez3 New York Yankees Baseball 10 years (2008–2017) $275,000,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [3]
04 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez4 Texas Rangers* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $252,000,000 $25,200,000 $155,555.56 [4]
05 Cano, RobinsonRobinson Cano Seattle Mariners Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [5]
06 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Baseball 10 years (2012–2021) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [6]
07 Votto, JoeyJoey Votto Cincinnati Reds Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $225,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [7]
08 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $215,000,000 $30,151,500 $186,120.37 [8]
09 Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder Detroit Tigers* Baseball 9 years (2012–2020) $214,000,000 $23,777,777 $146,776.40 [9]
10 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $189,000,000 $18,900,000 $116,666.67 [10]
11 Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer Minnesota Twins Baseball 8 years (2011–2018) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [11]
12 Mayweather, FloydFloyd Mayweather Showtime Boxing 2 years (2013–2015) $180,000,000+ $72,000,000+ $30,000,000+ [12]
13 Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira New York Yankees Baseball 8 years (2009–2016) $180,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [13]
14 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $180,000,000 $25,714,286 $158,730.16 [14]
15 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández Seattle Mariners Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [15]
16 Posey, BusterBuster Posey San Francisco Giants Baseball 9 years (2013–2021) $167,000,000 $18,555,556 $114,540.47 [16]
17 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2009–2015) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [17]
18 Kemp, MattMatt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 8 years (2012–2019) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [18]
19 Ramírez, MannyManny Ramírez Boston Red Sox* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [19]
20 Tulowitzki, TroyTroy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies Baseball 10 years (2011–2020) $157,750,000 $15,775,000 $97,376.54 [20]
21 Tanaka, MasahiroMasahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $155,000,000 $22,141,857 $136,684.30 [21]
22 González, AdriánAdrián González Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2012–2018) $154,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.67 [22]
23 Räikkönen, KimiKimi Räikkönen Ferrari Auto racing 3 years (2007–2009) $153,000,000 $51,000,000 $2,942,307.69 [23]
24 Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $153,000,000 $21,857,142 $134,920.64 [24]
25 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2008–2015) $152,300,000 $19,037,500 $117,515.43 [25]
26 Helton, ToddTodd HeltonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 11 years (2001–2011) $151,500,000 $13,772,727 $85,016.83 [26]
27 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 6 years (2013–2019) $147,000,000 $24,500,000 $151,234.57 [27]
28 Bale, GarethGareth Bale Real Madrid Association football 6 years (2013–2019) $146,280,000 $24,380,000 $406,333.33 [28]
29 Trout, MikeMike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $144,500,000 $24,083,333 $148,662.55 [29]
30 Hamels, ColeCole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 6 years (2013–2018) $144,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [30]
31 Crawford, CarlCarl Crawford Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $142,000,000 $20,285,714 $125,220.46 [31]
32 Wright, DavidDavid Wright New York Mets Baseball 8 years (2013–2020) $138,000,000 $17,250,000 $106,481.48 [32]
33 Santana, JohanJohan Santana New York Mets* Baseball 6 years (2008–2013) $137,500,000 $22,916,667 $141,460.91 [33]
34 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Basketball 7 years (2004–2011) $136,400,000 $19,485,714 $237,630.66 [34]
35 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso Soriano Chicago Cubs* Baseball 8 years (2007–2014) $136,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [35]
36 Freeman, FreddieFreddie Freeman Atlanta Braves Baseball 8 years (2014–2021) $135,000,000 $16,875,000 $104,166.67 [36]
37 Johnson, CalvinCalvin Johnson Detroit Lions American Football 8 years (2012–2019) $132,000,000 $16,500,000 $1,031,250.00 [37]
38 (tie) Choo, Shin-SooShin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $130,000,000 $18,571,428 $114,638.45 [38]
38 (tie) Vick, MichaelMichael Vick5 Atlanta Falcons* American Football 10 years (2005–2014) $130,000,000 $13,000,000 $812,500.00 [39]
40 Cutler, JayJay Cutler Chicago Bears American Football 7 years (2014–2020) $126,700,000 $18,100,000 $1,131,250.00 [40]
41 O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'Neal Indiana Pacers* Basketball 7 years (2003–2010) $126,558,000 $18,079,714 $220,484.32 [41]
42 (tie) Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves* Basketball 6 years (1999–2005) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $256,097.56 [42]
42 (tie) Lewis, RashardRashard Lewis Orlando Magic* Basketball 6 years (2007–2013) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $256,097.56 [43]
42 (tie) Wells, VernonVernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays* Baseball 7 years (2008–2014) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [44]
42 (tie) Zito, BarryBarry Zito San Francisco Giants* Baseball 7 years (2007–2013) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [44]
42 (tie) Werth, JaysonJayson Werth Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [45]
42 (tie) Kaepernick, ColinColin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers American Football 6 years (2015–2020) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $1,312,500.00 [46]
48 (tie) Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 5 years (2012–2016) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [47]
48 (tie) Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels Baseball 5 years (2013–2017) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [48]
50 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony New York Knicks Basketball 5 years (2014–2019) $124,064,280 $24,812,856 $302,595.81 [49]
51 (tie) Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher Ferrari Auto racing 4 years (1996–1999) $124,000,000 $31,000,000 $1,907,692.30 [50]
51 (tie) Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals Ice hockey 13 years (2008–2021) $124,000,000 $9,538,461 $116,322.70 [51]
53 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson Atlanta Hawks* Basketball 6 years (2010–2017) $123,658,089 $20,609,681 $251,337.58 [52]
54 Webber, ChrisChris WebberR Sacramento Kings* Basketball 7 years (2001–2007) $122,718,750 $17,531,250 $213,795.73 [53]
55 Duncan, TimTim Duncan San Antonio Spurs Basketball 7 years (2003–2010) $122,007,704 $17,429,672 $212,556.98 [54]
56 Hampton, MikeMike HamptonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $121,000,000 $15,125,000 $93,364.20 [26]
57 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Baltimore Ravens American Football 6 years (2013–2018) $120,600,000 $20,100,000 $1,256,250.00 [55]
58 (tie) Giambi, JasonJason GiambiR New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2002–2008) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $105,820.10 [56]
58 (tie) Andrus, ElvisElvis Andrus Texas Rangers Baseball 8 years (2015–2022) $120,000,000 $15,000,000 $92,592.59 [57]
58 (tie) Lee, CliffCliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 5 years (2011–2015) $120,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [58]
58 (tie) O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $209,059.23 [59]
58 (tie) Holliday, MattMatt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals Baseball 7 years (2010–2016) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $105,820.10 [60]
58 (tie) Fitzgerald, LarryLarry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals American Football 8 years (2011–2018) $120,000,000 $15,000,000 $937,500.00 [61]
64 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals* American Football 9 years (2006–2014) $119,750,000 $13,305,555 $831,597.19 [62]
65 Beltrán, CarlosCarlos Beltrán New York Mets* Baseball 7 years (2005–2011) $119,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [63]
66 Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh Miami Heat Basketball 5 years (2014–2019) $118,000,000 $23,600,000 $287,804.88 [64]
67 Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr.R Cincinnati Reds* Baseball 9 years (2000–2008) $116,500,000 $12,944,444 $79,903.98 [26]
68 (tie) McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabbR Philadelphia Eagles* American Football 12 years (2002–2013) $115,000,000 $9,583,333 $598,958.31 [65]
68 (tie) Dalton, AndyAndy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals American Football 6 years (2015–2020) $115,000,000 $19,166,667 $1,197,916.67 [66]
70 Cain, MattMatt Cain San Francisco Giants Baseball 6 years (2012–2017) $112,500,000 $18,666,667 $115,226.34 [67]
71 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas6 Washington Wizards* Basketball 6 years (2008–2013) $111,000,000 $18,500,000 $225,609.76 [68]
72 (tie) Weber, SheaShea Weber Nashville Predators Ice hockey 14 years (2012–2026) $110,000,000 $7,857,143 $95,818.82 [69]
72 (tie) Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers American Football 5 years (2015–2019) $110,000,000 $22,000,000 $1,375,000.00 [70]
74 (tie) James, LeBronLeBron James Miami Heat* Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $109,837,500 $18,306,250 $223,246.95 [71]
74 (tie) Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh Miami Heat Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $109,837,500 $18,306,250 $223,246.95 [71]
76 Romo, TonyTony Romo Dallas Cowboys American Football 6 years (2014–2019) $108,000,000 $18,000,000 $1,125,000.00 [72]
77 Paul, ChrisChris Paul Los Angeles Clippers Basketball 5 years (2013–2018) $107,343,478 $21,468,696 $261,813.36 [73]
78 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade Miami Heat Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $107,186,000 $17,864,333 $217,857.72 [74]
79 Kemp, ShawnShawn KempR Cleveland Cavaliers* Basketball 7 years (1997–2004) $107,000,000 $15,285,714 $186,411.15 [75]
80 Reyes, JoséJosé Reyes Miami Marlins* Baseball 6 years (2012–2017) $106,000,000 $17,666,666 $109,053.50 [76]
81 Howard, JuwanJuwan HowardR Washington Bullets* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $105,375,000 $15,053,571 $183,580.14 [77]
82 (tie) Brown, KevinKevin BrownR Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 7 years (1999–2005) $105,000,000 $15,000,000 $92,592.59 [26]
82 (tie) Bailey, HomerHomer Bailey Cincinnati Reds Baseball 6 years (2014–2019) $105,000,000 $17,500,000 $108,024.61 [78]
82 (tie) Braun, RyanRyan Braun Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 5 years (2016–2020) $105,000,000 $21,000,000 $129,629.63 [79]
82 (tie) Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo MourningR Miami Heat* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $105,000,000 $15,000,000 $182,926.83 [80]
86 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Hockey 12 years (2013–2025) $104,400,000 $8,700,000 $106,097.56 [81]
87 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United Association football 4 years (2015–2019) $104,000,000 $26,000,000 $498,000.00 [82]
88 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Atlanta Falcons American Football 5 years (2014–2018) $103,750,000 $20,750,000 $1,296,875.00 [83]
89 Kidd, JasonJason KiddR New Jersey Nets* Basketball 6 years (2003–2009) $103,572,000 $17,262,000 $210,512.20 [84]
90 Bledsoe, DrewDrew BledsoeR New England Patriots* American Football 10 years (2001–2010) $103,000,000 $10,300,000 $643,750.00 [85]
91 Finley, MichaelMichael FinleyR Dallas Mavericks* Basketball 7 years (2001–2008) $102,265,625 $14,609,375 $178,163.11 [86]
92 (tie) Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers American Football 8 years (2008–2015) $102,000,000 $12,750,000 $796,875.00 [87]
92 (tie) Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid CF Association football 6 years(2009–2015) $102,000,000 $17,000,000 $400,000.00 [88]
94 (tie) Brees, DrewDrew Brees New Orleans Saints American Football 5 years (2012–2016) $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $1,250,000.00 [89]
94 (tie) O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealR Miami Heat* Basketball 5 years (2005–2010) $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $243,902.44 [90]
94 (tie) Lee, CarlosCarlos LeeR Houston Astros* Baseball 6 years (2007–2012) $100,000,000 $16,666,666 $102,880.65 [91]
94 (tie) Pedroia, DustinDustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $88,183.42 [92]
94 (tie) Longoria, EvanEvan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays Baseball 6 years (2017–2022) $100,000,000 $16,666,666 $102,880.65 [93]
94 (tie) Vick, MichaelMichael Vick Philadelphia Eagles* American Football 6 years (2011–2016) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $1,041,667.00 [94]
94 (tie) Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman Washington Nationals Baseball 6 years (2014–2019) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $102,880.66 [95]
94 (tie) Haynesworth, AlbertAlbert Haynesworth Washington Redskins* American Football 7 years (2009–2016) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $892,857.13 [96]
94 (tie) Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals* Baseball 7 years (2004–2010) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $88,183.42 [97]
94 (tie) Favre, BrettBrett Favre7 R Green Bay Packers* American Football 10 years (2001–2010) $100,000,000 $10,000,000 $625,000.00 [98]
94 (tie) Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk8 R New Jersey Devils* Ice Hockey 15 years (2010–2025) $100,000,000 $6,666,667 $81,300.81 [99]
94 (tie) Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves* Basketball 5 years (2004–2009) $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $243,902.44 [100]
94 (tie) Houston, AllanAllan HoustonR New York Knicks* Basketball 6 years (2001–2007) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $203,252.03 [101]
94 (tie) Watt, J.J.J.J. Watt Houston Texans American Football 6 years (2016–2021) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $1,041,666.66 [102]
94 (tie) Seager, KyleKyle Seager Seattle Mariners Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $88,183.42 [103]

2 – Gross income figure. Net income estimated at $15,000,000 per year
3 – Rodriguez's 2014 salary will be reduced to $2,868,853 due to his season-long suspension related to the Biogenesis baseball scandal[104]
4 – Rodriguez opted out of this contract after the 2007 season
5 – Vick's contract was terminated by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 season
6 – Arenas was suspended without pay for the majority of the 2009-10 season
7 – Favre was traded by the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets after the 2008 season. He was unconditionally released from his contract by the Jets after the 2009 season.
8 – Kovalchuk is retired from the National Hockey League, the league in which the Devils are in, having retired in July of 2013 and forfeiting a large portion of his contract. However, Kovalchuk did not retire from hockey altogether and currently plays in Russia's KHL
9 – Based on regular season games only (excludes any playoff games), also in baseball, starting pitchers usually pitch every five games, resting during the interval between starts.
R – retired
* – no longer on team
‡ – entirety of contract salary not guaranteed

Notes[edit]

  • Contracts in the NFL are often not guaranteed, meaning that players who retire, or who are cut, do not receive their contracted salaries after their release from the team.
  • NBA and NHL seasons span two calendar years.
  • Michael Vick was suspended by the NFL in 2007. The Atlanta Falcons were unsuccessful in a civil legal process to attempt to recoup $20 million of the $100 million in bonuses paid to Vick under terms of his contract extension.
  • During his contract years, Michael Schumacher had significantly higher annual earnings than the athletes on this list with larger total contracts. On top of his $31 million per year paid by the Ferrari team, which alone ranked as the highest annual earnings at the time, he also earned a significant amount more per year from race winnings.
  • David Beckham signed a five-year deal with MLS soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy that was worth a reported $251 million,[105] but that figure included commercial endorsements; only $5 million a year of that figure is salary from the club, while the rest will come via existing endorsements and profit sharing with the club.[106][107]
  • Lewis Hamilton signed a contract with McLaren Mercedes worth at least ₤70 million ($138 million USD) over 5 seasons (2008–2012). However, no official contract details have been released by the team.[108]
  • In 2010, the NHL rejected a 17-year, $102 million contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk, saying that the contract was "a circumvention of the collective bargaining agreement." The later years of the contract would have paid Kovalchuk only $550,000 per year, which lowered the average value per year of the contract. (The NHL's salary cap is based on the average value per year.) [109]

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