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 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez3 New York Yankees Baseball 10 years (2008–2017) $275,000,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [2]
03 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez4 Texas Rangers* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $252,000,000 $25,200,000 $155,555.56 [3]
04 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $248,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [4]
05 (tie) Cano, RobinsonRobinson Cano Seattle Mariners Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [5]
05 (tie) Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Baseball 10 years (2012–2021) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [6]
05 (tie) Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vettel Ferrari Auto racing 3 years (2015–2017) $240,000,000 $80,000,000 $4,000,000.00 [7]
08 Votto, JoeyJoey Votto Cincinnati Reds Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $225,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [8]
09 Price, DavidDavid Price Boston Red Sox Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $217,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [9]
10 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $215,000,000 $30,714,285 $186,120.37 [10]
11 Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder Detroit Tigers* Baseball 9 years (2012–2020) $214,000,000 $23,777,777 $146,776.40 [11]
12 Scherzer, MaxMax Scherzer Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $210,000,000 $30,000,000 $185,185.19 [12]
13 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $206,500,000 $34,416,667 $212,448.56 [13]
14 Jeter, DerekDerek JeterR New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $189,000,000 $18,900,000 $116,666.67 [14]
15 (tie) Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer Minnesota Twins Baseball 8 years (2011–2018) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [15]
15 (tie) Heyward, JasonJason Heyward Chicago Cubs Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [16]
17 Mayweather, FloydFloyd MayweatherR Showtime* Boxing 2 years (2013–2015) $180,000,000+ $72,000,000+ $30,000,000+ [17]
18 (tie) Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira New York Yankees Baseball 8 years (2009–2016) $180,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [18]
18 (tie) Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $180,000,000 $25,714,286 $158,730.16 [19]
20 (tie) Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández Seattle Mariners Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [20]
20 (tie) Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2017–2023) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [21]
22 Posey, BusterBuster Posey San Francisco Giants Baseball 9 years (2013–2021) $167,000,000 $18,555,556 $114,540.47 [22]
23 (tie) Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2009–2015) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [23]
23 (tie) Davis, ChrisChris Davis Baltimore Orioles Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [24]
25 (tie) Kemp, MattMatt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 8 years (2012–2019) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [25]
25 (tie) Ramírez, MannyManny Ramírez Boston Red Sox* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [26]
27 Tulowitzki, TroyTroy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies* Baseball 10 years (2011–2020) $157,750,000 $15,775,000 $97,376.54 [27]
28 (tie) Tanaka, MasahiroMasahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $155,000,000 $22,141,857 $136,684.30 [28]
28 (tie) Lester, JonJon Lester Chicago Cubs Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $155,000,000 $25,833,333 $159,465.02 [29]
30 González, AdriánAdrián González Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2012–2018) $154,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.67 [30]
31 (tie) Räikkönen, KimiKimi Räikkönen Ferrari Auto racing 3 years (2007–2009) $153,000,000 $51,000,000 $2,942,307.69 [31]
31 (tie) Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $153,000,000 $21,857,142 $134,920.64 [32]
33 Conley Jr., MikeMike Conley Jr. Memphis Grizzlies Basketball 5 years (2016–2020) $152,605,576 $30,521,115 $372,208.72 [33]
34 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2008–2015) $152,300,000 $19,037,500 $117,515.43 [34]
35 Helton, ToddTodd HeltonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 11 years (2001–2011) $151,500,000 $13,772,727 $85,016.83 [35]
36 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 6 years (2013–2019) $147,000,000 $24,500,000 $151,234.57 [36]
37 Bale, GarethGareth Bale Real Madrid C.F. Association football 6 years (2013–2019) $146,280,000 $24,380,000 $406,333.33 [37]
38 Trout, MikeMike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $144,500,000 $24,083,333 $148,662.55 [38]
39 Hamels, ColeCole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 6 years (2013–2018) $144,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [39]
40 Crawford, CarlCarl Crawford Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $142,000,000 $20,285,714 $125,220.46 [40]
41 Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,888,445 $27,977,689 $341,191.33 [41]
42 Luck, AndrewAndrew Luck Indianapolis Colts American Football 6 years (2016–2021) $139,125,000 $23,187,500 $1,449,218.75 [42]
43 DeRozan, DeMarDeMar DeRozan10 Toronto Raptors Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,000,000 $27,800,000 $339,024.39 [43]
44 Wright, DavidDavid Wright New York Mets Baseball 8 years (2013–2020) $138,000,000 $17,250,000 $106,481.48 [44]
45 Santana, JohanJohan Santana New York Mets* Baseball 6 years (2008–2013) $137,500,000 $22,916,667 $141,460.91 [45]
46 Bryant, KobeKobe BryantR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (2004–2011) $136,400,000 $19,485,714 $237,630.66 [46]
47 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoR Chicago Cubs* Baseball 8 years (2007–2014) $136,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [47]
48 Freeman, FreddieFreddie Freeman Atlanta Braves Baseball 8 years (2014–2021) $135,000,000 $16,875,000 $104,166.67 [48]
49 Upton, JustinJustin Upton Detroit Tigers Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $132,750,000 $22,125,000 $136,574.07 [49]
50 Johnson, CalvinCalvin JohnsonR Detroit Lions* American Football 8 years (2012–2019) $132,000,000 $16,500,000 $1,031,250.00 [50]
51 (tie) Choo, Shin-SooShin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $130,000,000 $18,571,428 $114,638.45 [51]
51 (tie) Vick, MichaelMichael Vick5 Atlanta Falcons* American Football 10 years (2005–2014) $130,000,000 $13,000,000 $812,500.00 [52]
51 (tie) Cueto, JohnnyJohnny Cueto San Francisco Giants Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $130,000,000 $21,666,667 $133,744.86 [53]
54 (tie) Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $127,171,313 $25,434,262 $310,173.93 [54]
54 (tie) Drummond, AndreAndre Drummond Detroit Pistons Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $127,171,313 $25,434,262 $310,173.93 [55]
54 (tie) Beal, BradleyBradley Beal Washington Wizards Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $127,171,313 $25,434,262 $310,173.93 [56]
57 Cutler, JayJay Cutler Chicago Bears American Football 7 years (2014–2020) $126,700,000 $18,100,000 $1,131,250.00 [57]
58 O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'NealR Indiana Pacers* Basketball 7 years (2003–2010) $126,558,000 $18,079,714 $220,484.32 [58]
59 (tie) Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball 6 years (1999–2005) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $256,097.56 [59]
59 (tie) Lewis, RashardRashard Lewis Orlando Magic* Basketball 6 years (2007–2013) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $256,097.56 [60]
59 (tie) Wells, VernonVernon WellsR Toronto Blue Jays* Baseball 7 years (2008–2014) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [61]
59 (tie) Zito, BarryBarry ZitoR San Francisco Giants* Baseball 7 years (2007–2013) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [61]
59 (tie) Werth, JaysonJayson Werth Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [62]
59 (tie) Kaepernick, ColinColin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers American Football 6 years (2015–2020) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $1,312,500.00 [63]
65 (tie) Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 5 years (2012–2016) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [64]
65 (tie) Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels* Baseball 5 years (2013–2017) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [65]
67 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony New York Knicks Basketball 5 years (2014–2019) $124,064,280 $24,812,856 $302,595.81 [66]
68 (tie) Schumacher, MichaelMichael SchumacherR Ferrari* Auto racing 4 years (1996–1999) $124,000,000 $31,000,000 $1,907,692.30 [67]
68 (tie) Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals Ice hockey 13 years (2008–2021) $124,000,000 $9,538,461 $116,322.70 [68]
70 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson Atlanta Hawks* Basketball 6 years (2010–2017) $123,658,089 $20,609,681 $251,337.58 [69]
71 Webber, ChrisChris WebberR Sacramento Kings* Basketball 7 years (2001–2007) $122,718,750 $17,531,250 $213,795.73 [70]
72 Duncan, TimTim DuncanR San Antonio Spurs* Basketball 7 years (2003–2010) $122,007,704 $17,429,672 $212,556.98 [71]
73 Hampton, MikeMike HamptonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $121,000,000 $15,125,000 $93,364.20 [35]
74 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Baltimore Ravens American Football 6 years (2013–2018) $120,600,000 $20,100,000 $1,256,250.00 [72]
75 (tie) Giambi, JasonJason GiambiR New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2002–2008) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $105,820.10 [73]
75 (tie) Andrus, ElvisElvis Andrus Texas Rangers Baseball 8 years (2015–2022) $120,000,000 $15,000,000 $92,592.59 [74]
75 (tie) Lee, CliffCliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 5 years (2011–2015) $120,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [75]
75 (tie) O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $209,059.23 [76]
75 (tie) Holliday, MattMatt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals Baseball 7 years (2010–2016) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $105,820.10 [77]
75 (tie) Fitzgerald, LarryLarry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals American Football 8 years (2011–2018) $120,000,000 $15,000,000 $937,500.00 [78]
75 (tie) Batum, NicolasNicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $120,000,000 $24,000,000 $292,682.93 [79]
82 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals* American Football 9 years (2006–2014) $119,750,000 $13,305,555 $831,597.19 [80]
83 Beltrán, CarlosCarlos Beltrán New York Mets* Baseball 7 years (2005–2011) $119,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [81]
84 Harden, JamesJames Harden Houston Rockets Basketball 4 years (2016–2020) $118,103,446 $29,525,861 $360,071.48 [82]
85 Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh Miami Heat Basketball 5 years (2014–2019) $118,000,000 $23,600,000 $287,804.88 [83]
86 Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr.R Cincinnati Reds* Baseball 9 years (2000–2008) $116,500,000 $12,944,444 $79,903.98 [35]
87 (tie) McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabbR Philadelphia Eagles* American Football 12 years (2002–2013) $115,000,000 $9,583,333 $598,958.31 [84]
87 (tie) Dalton, AndyAndy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals American Football 6 years (2015–2020) $115,000,000 $19,166,667 $1,197,916.67 [85]
89 Miller, VonVon Miller Denver Broncos American Football 6 years (2016–2021) $114,500,000 $19,083,333 $1,192,708.33 [86]
90 Suh, NdamukongNdamukong Suh Miami Dolphins American Football 6 years (2015–2020) $114,000,000 $19,000,000 $1,187,500.00 [87]
91 Horford, AlAl Horford Boston Celtics Basketball 4 years (2016–2020) $113,326,228 $28,331,557 $345,506.79 [88]
92 (tie) Love, KevinKevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball 5 years (2015–2020) $113,211,750 $22,642,350 $276,126.22 [89]
92 (tie) Gasol, MarcMarc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Basketball 5 years (2015–2020) $113,211,750 $22,642,350 $276,126.22 [90]
94 Cain, MattMatt Cain San Francisco Giants Baseball 6 years (2012–2017) $112,500,000 $18,666,667 $115,226.34 [91]
95 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas6 Washington Wizards* Basketball 6 years (2008–2013) $111,000,000 $18,500,000 $225,609.76 [92]
96 (tie) Weber, SheaShea Weber Nashville Predators* Ice hockey 14 years (2012–2026) $110,000,000 $7,857,143 $95,818.82 [93]
96 (tie) Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers American Football 5 years (2015–2019) $110,000,000 $22,000,000 $1,375,000.00 [94]
96 (tie) Zimmerman, JordanJordan Zimmerman Detroit Tigers Baseball 5 years (2016–2020) $110,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.47 [95]
99 (tie) James, LeBronLeBron James Miami Heat* Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $109,837,500 $18,306,250 $223,246.95 [96]
99 (tie) Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh Miami Heat Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $109,837,500 $18,306,250 $223,246.95 [96]
101 Romo, TonyTony Romo Dallas Cowboys American Football 6 years (2014–2019) $108,000,000 $18,000,000 $1,125,000.00 [97]
102 Paul, ChrisChris Paul Los Angeles Clippers Basketball 5 years (2013–2018) $107,343,478 $21,468,696 $261,813.36 [98]
103 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade Miami Heat Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $107,186,000 $17,864,333 $217,857.72 [99]
104 Kemp, ShawnShawn KempR Cleveland Cavaliers* Basketball 7 years (1997–2004) $107,000,000 $15,285,714 $186,411.15 [100]
105 Reyes, JoséJosé Reyes Miami Marlins* Baseball 6 years (2012–2017) $106,000,000 $17,666,666 $109,053.50 [101]
106 Howard, JuwanJuwan HowardR Washington Bullets* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $105,375,000 $15,053,571 $183,580.14 [102]
107 (tie) Brown, KevinKevin BrownR Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 7 years (1999–2005) $105,000,000 $15,000,000 $92,592.59 [35]
107 (tie) Bailey, HomerHomer Bailey Cincinnati Reds Baseball 6 years (2014–2019) $105,000,000 $17,500,000 $108,024.61 [103]
107 (tie) Braun, RyanRyan Braun Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 5 years (2016–2020) $105,000,000 $21,000,000 $129,629.63 [104]
107 (tie) Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo MourningR Miami Heat* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $105,000,000 $15,000,000 $182,926.83 [105][better source needed]
111 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Ice hockey 12 years (2013–2025) $104,400,000 $8,700,000 $106,097.56 [106]
112 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United Association football 4 years (2015–2019) $104,000,000 $26,000,000 $498,000.00 [107]
113 Newton, CamCam Newton Carolina Panthers American Football 5 years (2015–2020) $103,800,000 $20,760,000 $1,297,500.00 [108]
114 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Atlanta Falcons American Football 5 years (2014–2018) $103,750,000 $20,750,000 $1,296,875.00 [109]
115 Kidd, JasonJason KiddR New Jersey Nets* Basketball 6 years (2003–2009) $103,572,000 $17,262,000 $210,512.20 [110]
116 Bledsoe, DrewDrew BledsoeR New England Patriots* American Football 10 years (2001–2010) $103,000,000 $10,300,000 $643,750.00 [111]
117 Cox, FletcherFletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles American Football 6 years (2017–2022) $102,600,000 $17,100,000 $1,068,750.00 [112]
118 Finley, MichaelMichael FinleyR Dallas Mavericks* Basketball 7 years (2001–2008) $102,265,625 $14,609,375 $178,163.11 [113]
119 (tie) Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers American Football 8 years (2008–2015) $102,000,000 $12,750,000 $796,875.00 [114]
119 (tie) Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid C.F. Association football 6 years (2009–2015) $102,000,000 $17,000,000 $400,000.00 [115]
121 Houston, JustinJustin Houston Kansas City Chiefs American Football 6 years (2015–2020) $101,000,000 $16,833,333 $1,052,083.33 [116]
122 (tie) Brees, DrewDrew Brees New Orleans Saints American Football 5 years (2012–2016) $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $1,250,000.00 [117]
122 (tie) O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealR Miami Heat* Basketball 5 years (2005–2010) $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $243,902.44 [118]
122 (tie) Lee, CarlosCarlos LeeR Houston Astros* Baseball 6 years (2007–2012) $100,000,000 $16,666,666 $102,880.65 [119]
122 (tie) Pedroia, DustinDustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $88,183.42 [120]
122 (tie) Longoria, EvanEvan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays Baseball 6 years (2017–2022) $100,000,000 $16,666,666 $102,880.65 [121]
122 (tie) Vick, MichaelMichael Vick Philadelphia Eagles* American Football 6 years (2011–2016) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $1,041,667.00 [122]
122 (tie) Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman Washington Nationals Baseball 6 years (2014–2019) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $102,880.66 [123]
122 (tie) Haynesworth, AlbertAlbert HaynesworthR Washington Redskins* American Football 7 years (2009–2016) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $892,857.13 [124]
122 (tie) Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals* Baseball 7 years (2004–2010) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $88,183.42 [125]
122 (tie) Favre, BrettBrett Favre7 R Green Bay Packers* American Football 10 years (2001–2010) $100,000,000 $10,000,000 $625,000.00 [126]
122 (tie) Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk8 R New Jersey Devils* Ice hockey 15 years (2010–2025) $100,000,000 $6,666,667 $81,300.81 [127]
122 (tie) Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball 5 years (2004–2009) $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $243,902.44 [128]
122 (tie) Houston, AllanAllan HoustonR New York Knicks* Basketball 6 years (2001–2007) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $203,252.03 [129]
122 (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 [130]
122 (tie) Seager, KyleKyle Seager Seattle Mariners Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $100,000,000 $14,285,714 $88,183.42 [131]
122 (tie) Dareus, MarcellMarcell Dareus Buffalo Bills American Football 6 years (2016–2021) $100,000,000 $16,666,667 $1,041,666.67 [132]

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[133]
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.
10 - These contracts' terms will become certain when deals are finalized and the 2016-17 NBA salary cap is officially set
R – retired
* – no longer on team
‡ – entirety of contract salary not guaranteed

See also[edit]

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,[134] 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.[135][136]
  • 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.[137]
  • 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.) [138]

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