List of largest sports contracts

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This is a list of the largest sports contracts in North American sports history. These figures include signing bonuses but exclude options, buyouts, and the endorsement deals. This list does not reflect the highest annual salaries or career earnings, only the top 100 largest contracts and thus is largely limited to athletes in team sports and auto racing. Athletes in individual sports, such as golf, tennis, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA, 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 their opt-out clause).

Entries in this list also require an individual citation of the contract, so a number of the highest salaried athletes (according to Forbes) are not included as their contract details have not been officially confirmed, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, and Lewis Hamilton. This also skews the list towards sports with salary caps where salaries are therefore public knowledge and easy to cite.

The contract figures referenced below are presented at face value and do not reflect potential pre or post-tax treatments. For example, contracts with European sports teams are typically quoted on a post-tax basis.

Largest sports contracts[edit]

Rank Player Team/Streaming Service Sport Length of contract Contract value (USD) Average per year (USD) Average per fixture5 (USD) Ref
1 Patrick Mahomes1‡ Kansas City Chiefs American football 12 years (2020–2031) $503,000,000 $41,916,667 $2,619,791.67 [1]
2 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 12 years (2019–2030) $426,500,000 $35,541,667 $219,393.00 [2]
3 (tie) Canelo Álvarez DAZN* Boxing 5 years (2018–2023) $365,000,000 $73,000,000 $33,181,818.18 [3]
3 (tie) Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 12 years (2020–2032) $365,000,000 $30,416,667 $187,757.20 [4]
5 Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 13 years (2019–2031) $330,000,000 $25,384,615 $156,695.16 [5]
6 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins* Baseball 13 years (2015–2027) $325,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [6]
7 Gerrit Cole New York Yankees Baseball 9 years (2020–2028) $324,000,000 $36,000,000 $222,222.22 [7]
8 Manny Machado San Diego Padres Baseball 10 years (2019–2028) $300,000,000 $30,000,000 $185,185.19 [8]
9 Alex Rodriguez2R New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2008–2017) $275,000,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [9]
10 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies Baseball 8 years (2019–2026) $260,000,000 $32,500,000 $200,617.28 [10]
11 Alex Rodriguez3R Texas Rangers* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $252,000,000 $25,200,000 $155,555.56 [11]
12 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $248,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [12]
13 (tie) Anthony Rendon Los Angeles Angels Baseball 7 years (2020–2026) $245,000,000 $35,000,000 $216,049.38 [13]
13 (tie) Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2020–2026) $245,000,000 $35,000,000 $216,049.38 [14]
15 (tie) Robinson Canó Seattle Mariners* Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [15]
15 (tie) Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Baseball 10 years (2012–2021) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [16]
17 James Harden Houston Rockets Basketball 6 years (2017–2023) $228,000,000 $38,000,000 $463,414.63 [17]
18 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $225,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [18]
19 David Price Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $217,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [19]
20 (tie) Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $215,000,000 $30,714,286 $189,594.36 [20]
20 (tie) Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 9 years (2020–2028) $215,000,000 $23,888,889 $147,462.28 [21]
22 Prince FielderR Detroit Tigers* Baseball 9 years (2012–2020) $214,000,000 $23,777,778 $146,776.41 [22]
23 Max Scherzer Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $210,000,000 $30,000,000 $185,185.19 [23]
24 Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder* Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $206,794,070 $41,358,814 $504,375.78 [24]
25 Zack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks* Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $206,500,000 $34,416,667 $212,448.56 [25]
26 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $201,158,790 $40,231,758 $490,631.19 [26]
27 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 4 years (2021–2025) $196,000,000 $49,000,000 $597,560.98 [27]
28 Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $189,903,600 $37,980,720 $463,179.51 [28]
29 Derek JeterR New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $189,000,000 $18,900,000 $116,666.67 [29]
30 (tie) Jason Heyward Chicago Cubs Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [30]
30 (tie) Joe MauerR Minnesota Twins* Baseball 8 years (2011–2018) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [31]
32 (tie) Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers Basketball 5 years (2019-2024) $180,000,000 $36,000,000 $429,024.39 [32]
32 (tie) Mark TeixeiraR New York Yankees* Baseball 8 years (2009–2016) $180,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [33]
32 (tie) Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers* Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $180,000,000 $25,714,286 $158,730.16 [34]
35 (tie) Deshaun Watson Houston Texans American football 4 years (2020–2025) $177,500,000 $39,000,000 [35]
35 (tie) Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $177,500,000 $35,500,000 $432,926.83 [36]
36 (tie) Félix Hernández Seattle Mariners* Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [37]
36 (tie) Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2017–2023) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [38]
38 (tie) Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers* Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $171,174,820 $34,234,964 $417,499.56 [39]
38 (tie) John Wall Washington Wizards Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $171,174,820 $34,234,964 $417,499.56 [40]
40 (tie) Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Basketball 5 years (2020–2025) $169,650,000 $33,930,000 $413,780.49 [41]
40 (tie) Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Basketball 5 years (2020–2025) $169,650,000 $33,930,000 $413,780.49 [42]
42 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants Baseball 9 years (2013–2021) $167,000,000 $18,555,556 $114,540.47 [43]
43 Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $164,255,700 $41,063,925 $500,799.57 [44]
44 José Altuve Houston Astros Baseball 7 years (2018–2024) $163,500,000 $23,357,143 $144,179.89 [45]
45 (tie) Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [46]
45 (tie) CC SabathiaR New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2009–2015) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [47]
47 (tie) Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 8 years (2012–2019) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [48]
47 (tie) Manny RamírezR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [49]
49 Chris Paul Houston Rockets* Basketball 4 years (2018–2022) $159,730,592 $39,932,648 $486,983.51 [50]
50 (tie) Devin Booker Phoenix Suns Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [51]
50 (tie) Kristaps Porziņģis Dallas Mavericks Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [52]
50 (tie) Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball 5 years (2019–2024) $158,253,000 $31,650,600 $385,982.93 [53]
53 Troy TulowitzkiR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 10 years (2011–2020) $157,750,000 $15,775,000 $97,376.54 [54]
54 (tie) Jon Lester Chicago Cubs Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $155,000,000 $25,833,333 $159,465.02 [55]
54 (tie) Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $155,000,000 $22,141,857 $136,684.30 [56]
56 Adrián GonzálezR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2012–2018) $154,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.67 [57]
57 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers Basketball 4 years (2018–2022) $153,312,846 $38,328,212 $467,417.21 [58]
58 (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $153,000,000 $21,857,142 $134,920.64 [59]
58 (tie) Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari* Auto racing 3 years (2007–2009) $153,000,000 $51,000,000 $2,942,307.69 [60]
60 Mike Conley Jr. Memphis Grizzlies* Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $152,605,576 $30,521,115 $372,208.72 [61]
61 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2008–2015) $152,300,000 $19,037,500 $117,515.43 [62]
62 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons American football 5 years (2018–2024) $150,000,000 $30,000,000 $1,282,051.28 [63]
62 Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs Baseball 6 years (2018–2024) $120,000,000-150,000,000 $21,000,000 [64]
63 (tie) Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $147,710,050 $29,542,010 $360,268.41 [65]
63 (tie) Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $147,710,050 $29,542,010 $360,268.41 [66]
63 (tie) Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves* Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $147,710,050 $29,542,010 $360,268.41 [67]
66 Zack Greinke3 Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 6 years (2013–2019) $147,000,000 $24,500,000 $151,234.57 [68]
67 Gareth Bale Real Madrid C.F. Association football 6 years (2013–2019) $146,280,000 $24,380,000 $406,333.33 [69]
68 Chris Sale Boston Red Sox Baseball 5 years (2020–2024) $145,000,000 $29,000,000 $179,012.35 [70]
69 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $144,500,000 $24,083,333 $148,662.55 [71]
70 (tie) Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 6 years (2013–2018) $144,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [72]
70 (tie) Eric Hosmer San Diego Padres Baseball 8 years (2018–2025) $144,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [73]
72 Carl CrawfordR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $142,000,000 $20,285,714 $125,220.46 [74]
73 Todd HeltonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 9 years (2003–2011) $141,500,000 $15,772,222 $97,050.75 [75]
74 Khalil Mack Chicago Bears American football 6 years (2018–2024) $141,000,000 $23,500,000 $1,215,517.24 [76]
75 (tie) Jimmy Butler Philadelphia 76ers* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $140,790,600 $35,197,650 $429,239.63 [77]
75 (tie) Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets* Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $140,790,600 $35,197,650 $429,239.63 [78]
77 (tie) Patrick Corbin Washington Nationals Baseball 6 years (2019–2024) $140,000,000 $23,333,333 $144,032.92 [79]
77 (tie) Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks American football 4 years (2019–2023) $140,000,000 $35,000,000 $2,187,500.00 [80]
79 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,888,445 $27,977,689 $341,191.33 [81]
80 Andrew LuckR Indianapolis Colts* American football 6 years (2016–2021) $139,125,000 $23,187,500 $1,449,218.75 [82]
81 DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors* Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,000,000 $27,800,000 $339,024.39 [83]
82 David WrightR New York Mets* Baseball 8 years (2013–2020) $138,000,000 $17,250,000 $106,481.48 [84]
83 (tie) Jacob deGrom New York Mets Baseball 5 years (2019–2023) $137,500,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [85]
83 (tie) Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers American football 5 years (2018–2022) $137,500,000 $27,500,000 $1,718,750.00 [86]
83 (tie) Johan SantanaR New York Mets* Baseball 6 years (2008–2013) $137,500,000 $22,916,667 $141,460.91 [87]
86 Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder* Basketball 4 years (2018–2022) $136,911,936 $34,227,984 $417,414.44 [88]
87 Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets Basketball 4 years (2019–2023) $136,490,600 $34,122,650 $416,129.88 [89]
88 Kobe BryantR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (2004–2011) $136,400,000 $19,485,714 $237,630.66 [90]
89 Alfonso SorianoR Chicago Cubs* Baseball 8 years (2007–2014) $136,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [91]
90 (tie) Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers American football 5 years (2021–2025) $135,000,000 $27,000,000 $1,687,500.00 [92]
90 (tie) Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams American football 6 years (2018–2024) $135,000,000 $22,500,000 $1,163,793.10 [93]
90 (tie) Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves Baseball 8 years (2014–2021) $135,000,000 $16,875,000 $104,166.67 [94]
90 (tie) Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions American football 5 years (2018–2022) $135,000,000 $27,000,000 $1,687,500.00 [95]
94 (tie) Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams American football 4 years (2020-2023) $134,000,000 $33,500,000 $1,941,176.47 [96]
94 (tie) Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers American football 4 years (2020-2023) $134,000,000 $33,500,000 $2,000,000.00 [97]
96 Justin Upton Detroit Tigers* Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $132,750,000 $22,125,000 $136,574.07 [98]
97 Calvin JohnsonR Detroit Lions* American football 8 years (2007–2015) $132,000,000 $16,500,000 $1,031,250.00 [99]
98 Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans Basketball 5 years (2017–2021) $131,805,000 $26,361,000 $321,475.61 [100]
99 (tie) Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $130,000,000 $18,571,428 $114,638.45 [101]
99 (tie) Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $130,000,000 $21,666,667 $133,744.86 [102]
99 (tie) Paul Goldschmidt St. Louis Cardinals Baseball 5 years (2020–2024) $130,000,000 $26,000,000 $160,493.83 [103]
99 (tie) Michael Vick4 R Atlanta Falcons* American football 10 years (2005–2014) $130,000,000 $13,000,000 $812,500.00 [104]

1 – Mahomes signed a 10-year extension on July 6, 2020. When the deal was first reported, it was reported as being 10 years for $503 million. It was later revealed that this amount includes the final years of the contract he was under at the time and the money remaining on that contract.
2 – Alex Rodriguez's 2014 salary was reduced to $2,868,853 due to his season-long suspension related to the Biogenesis baseball scandal[105]
3 – Rodriguez and Greinke opted out of their contracts after the 2007 and 2015 seasons respectively
4 – Vick's contract was terminated by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 season
5 – 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
Injury – While still technically under contract, injury has ended his career
* – 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,[106] 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.[107][108]
  • 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.[109]

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