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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).

Largest sports contracts[edit]

Rank Player Team Sport Length of contract Contract value (USD) Average per year (USD) Average per game5 (USD) Ref[1]
01 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins Baseball 13 years (2014-2027) $325,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [1]
02 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez1R New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2008–2017) $275,000,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [2]
03 Neymar Paris Saint Germain Association football 5 years (2017-2022) $270,000,000 $54,000,000 $1,080,000 [3][4][5]
04 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez2R Texas Rangers* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $252,000,000 $25,200,000 $155,555.56 [6]
05 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $248,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [7]
06 (tie) Cano, RobinsonRobinson Cano Seattle Mariners Baseball 10 years (2014–2023) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [8]
06 (tie) Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols Los Angeles Angels Baseball 10 years (2012–2021) $240,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [9]
07 Harden, JamesJames Harden Houston Rockets Basketball 6 years (2017-2023) $228,000,000 $38,000,000 $463,414.64 [10]
08 Votto, JoeyJoey Votto Cincinnati Reds Baseball 10 years (2014-2024) $225,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,889 [11]
08 Price, DavidDavid Price Boston Red Sox Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $217,000,000 $31,000,000 $191,358.02 [12]
09 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $215,000,000 $30,714,285 $186,120.37 [13]
10 Fielder, PrincePrince FielderInjury Detroit Tigers* Baseball 9 years (2012–2020) $214,000,000 $23,777,777 $146,776.40 [14]
11 Scherzer, MaxMax Scherzer Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2015–2021) $210,000,000 $30,000,000 $185,185.19 [15]
12 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $206,500,000 $34,416,667 $212,448.56 [16]
14 Westbrook , RussellRussell Westbrook 6 Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball 5 years (2018–2023) $205,000,000 $41,000,000 $491,000.00 [17]
15 Curry, StephSteph Curry6 Golden State Warriors Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $201,200,000 $40,200,000 $490,243.90 [18]
16 Jeter, DerekDerek JeterR New York Yankees* Baseball 10 years (2001–2010) $189,000,000 $18,900,000 $116,666.67 [19]
17 (tie) Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer Minnesota Twins Baseball 8 years (2011–2018) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [20]
17 (tie) Heyward, JasonJason Heyward Chicago Cubs Baseball 8 years (2016–2023) $184,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [21]
18 Mayweather, FloydFloyd MayweatherR Showtime* Boxing 2 years (2013–2015) $180,000,000+ $72,000,000+ $30,000,000+ [22]
18 (tie) Teixeira, MarkMark TeixeiraR New York Yankees* Baseball 8 years (2009–2016) $180,000,000 $22,500,000 $138,888.89 [23]
18 (tie) Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $180,000,000 $25,714,286 $158,730.16 [24]
19 (tie) Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández Seattle Mariners Baseball 7 years (2013–2019) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [25]
20 (tie) Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2017–2023) $175,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [26]
22 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin6 Los Angeles Clippers Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $172,260,000 $34,452,000 $420,146.34 [27]
23 Posey, BusterBuster Posey San Francisco Giants Baseball 9 years (2013–2021) $167,000,000 $18,555,556 $114,540.47 [28]
24 (tie) Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2009–2015) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [29]
24 (tie) Davis, ChrisChris Davis Baltimore Orioles Baseball 7 years (2016–2022) $161,000,000 $23,000,000 $141,975.31 [30]
26 (tie) Kemp, MattMatt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 8 years (2012–2019) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [31]
26 (tie) Ramírez, MannyManny RamírezR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $160,000,000 $20,000,000 $123,456.79 [32]
28 Tulowitzki, TroyTroy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies* Baseball 10 years (2011–2020) $157,750,000 $15,775,000 $97,376.54 [33]
29 (tie) Tanaka, MasahiroMasahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $155,000,000 $22,141,857 $136,684.30 [34]
29 (tie) Lester, JonJon Lester Chicago Cubs Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $155,000,000 $25,833,333 $159,465.02 [35]
31 González, AdriánAdrián González Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2012–2018) $154,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.67 [36]
32 (tie) Räikkönen, KimiKimi Räikkönen Ferrari Auto racing 3 years (2007–2009) $153,000,000 $51,000,000 $2,942,307.69

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32 (tie) Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $153,000,000 $21,857,142 $134,920.64 [38]
34 Conley Jr., MikeMike Conley Jr. Memphis Grizzlies Basketball 5 years (2016–2020) $152,605,576 $30,521,115 $372,208.72 [39]
35 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Baseball 8 years (2008–2015) $152,300,000 $19,037,500 $117,515.43 [40]
36 Helton, ToddTodd HeltonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 11 years (2001–2011) $151,500,000 $13,772,727 $85,016.83 [41]
37 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 6 years (2013–2019) $147,000,000 $24,500,000 $151,234.57 [42]
38 Bale, GarethGareth Bale Real Madrid C.F. Association football 6 years (2013–2019) $146,280,000 $24,380,000 $406,333.33 [43]
39 Trout, MikeMike Trout Los Angeles Angels Baseball 6 years (2015–2020) $144,500,000 $24,083,333 $148,662.55 [44]
40 Hamels, ColeCole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 6 years (2013–2018) $144,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [45]
41 Crawford, CarlCarl CrawfordR Boston Red Sox* Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $142,000,000 $20,285,714 $125,220.46 [46]
42 Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,888,445 $27,977,689 $341,191.33 [47]
43 Luck, AndrewAndrew Luck Indianapolis Colts American football 6 years (2016–2021) $139,125,000 $23,187,500 $1,449,218.75 [48]
44 DeRozan, DeMarDeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $139,000,000 $27,800,000 $339,024.39 [49]
45 Wright, DavidDavid Wright New York Mets Baseball 8 years (2013–2020) $138,000,000 $17,250,000 $106,481.48 [50]
46 Santana, JohanJohan Santana New York Mets* Baseball 6 years (2008–2013) $137,500,000 $22,916,667 $141,460.91 [51]
47 Bryant, KobeKobe BryantR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (2004–2011) $136,400,000 $19,485,714 $237,630.66 [52]
48 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoR Chicago Cubs* Baseball 8 years (2007–2014) $136,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [53]
49 (tie) Freeman, FreddieFreddie Freeman Atlanta Braves Baseball 8 years (2014–2021) $135,000,000 $16,875,000 $104,166.67 [54]
49 (tie) Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford Detroit Lions American football 5 years (2018–2022) $135,000,000 $27,000,000 $1,687,500.00 [55]
50 Upton, JustinJustin Upton Detroit Tigers Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $132,750,000 $22,125,000 $136,574.07 [56]
51 Johnson, CalvinCalvin JohnsonR Detroit Lions* American football 8 years (2007–2015) $132,000,000 $16,500,000 $1,031,250.00 [57]
52 (tie) Choo, Shin-SooShin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers Baseball 7 years (2014–2020) $130,000,000 $18,571,428 $114,638.45 [58]
52 (tie) Vick, MichaelMichael Vick3 R Atlanta Falcons* American football 10 years (2005–2014) $130,000,000 $13,000,000 $812,500.00 [59]
52 (tie) Cueto, JohnnyJohnny Cueto San Francisco Giants Baseball 6 years (2016–2021) $130,000,000 $21,666,667 $133,744.86 [60]
55 (tie) Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $127,171,313 $25,434,262 $310,173.93 [61]
55 (tie) Drummond, AndreAndre Drummond Detroit Pistons Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $127,171,313 $25,434,262 $310,173.93 [62]
55 (tie) Beal, BradleyBradley Beal Washington Wizards Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $127,171,313 $25,434,262 $310,173.93 [63]
58 Cutler, JayJay CutlerR Chicago Bears* American football 7 years (2014–2020) $126,700,000 $18,100,000 $1,131,250.00 [64]
59 O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'NealR Indiana Pacers* Basketball 7 years (2003–2010) $126,558,000 $18,079,714 $220,484.32 [65]
60 (tie) Garnett, KevinKevin GarnettR Minnesota Timberwolves* Basketball 6 years (1999–2005) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $256,097.56 [66]
60 (tie) Lewis, RashardRashard LewisR Orlando Magic* Basketball 6 years (2007–2013) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $256,097.56 [67]
60 (tie) Wells, VernonVernon WellsR Toronto Blue Jays* Baseball 7 years (2008–2014) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [68]
60 (tie) Zito, BarryBarry ZitoR San Francisco Giants* Baseball 7 years (2007–2013) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [68]
60 (tie) Werth, JaysonJayson Werth Washington Nationals Baseball 7 years (2011–2017) $126,000,000 $18,000,000 $111,111.11 [69]
60 (tie) Kaepernick, ColinColin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers* American football 6 years (2015–2020) $126,000,000 $21,000,000 $1,312,500.00 .[70]
60 (tie) Holiday, JrueJrue Holiday6 New Orleans Pelicans Basketball 5 years (2017–2022) $126,000,000 $25,200,000 $307,317.07 [71]
67 (tie) Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 5 years (2012–2016) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [72]
67 (tie) Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels* Baseball 5 years (2013–2017) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $154,320.99 [73]
67 (tie) Carr, DerekDerek Carr Oakland Raiders American football 5 years (2018–2022) $125,000,000 $25,000,000 $1,562,500.00 [74]
70 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony New York Knicks Basketball 5 years (2014–2019) $124,064,280 $24,812,856 $302,595.81 [75]
71 (tie) Schumacher, MichaelMichael SchumacherR Ferrari* Auto racing 4 years (1996–1999) $124,000,000 $31,000,000 $1,907,692.30 [76]
71 (tie) Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals Hockey 13 years (2008–2021) $124,000,000 $9,538,461 $116,322.70 [77]
73 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson Atlanta Hawks* Basketball 6 years (2010–2017) $123,658,089 $20,609,681 $251,337.58 [78]
74 Webber, ChrisChris WebberR Sacramento Kings* Basketball 7 years (2001–2007) $122,718,750 $17,531,250 $213,795.73 [79]
75 Duncan, TimTim DuncanR San Antonio Spurs* Basketball 7 years (2003–2010) $122,007,704 $17,429,672 $212,556.98 [80]
76 Hampton, MikeMike HamptonR Colorado Rockies* Baseball 8 years (2001–2008) $121,000,000 $15,125,000 $93,364.20 [41]
77 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Baltimore Ravens American football 6 years (2013–2018) $120,600,000 $20,100,000 $1,256,250.00 [81]
78 (tie) Giambi, JasonJason GiambiR New York Yankees* Baseball 7 years (2002–2008) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $105,820.10 [82]
78 (tie) Andrus, ElvisElvis Andrus Texas Rangers Baseball 8 years (2015–2022) $120,000,000 $15,000,000 $92,592.59 [83]
78 (tie) Lee, CliffCliff LeeR Philadelphia Phillies* Baseball 5 years (2011–2015) $120,000,000 $24,000,000 $148,148.15 [84]
78 (tie) O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealR Los Angeles Lakers* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $209,059.23 [85]
78 (tie) Holliday, MattMatt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals* Baseball 7 years (2010–2016) $120,000,000 $17,142,857 $105,820.10 [86]
78 (tie) Fitzgerald, LarryLarry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals American football 8 years (2011–2018) $120,000,000 $15,000,000 $937,500.00 [87]
78 (tie) Batum, NicolasNicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets Basketball 5 years (2016–2021) $120,000,000 $24,000,000 $292,682.93 [88]
85 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals* American football 9 years (2006–2014) $119,750,000 $13,305,555 $831,597.19 [89]
86 Beltrán, CarlosCarlos Beltrán New York Mets* Baseball 7 years (2005–2011) $119,000,000 $17,000,000 $104,938.27 [90]
87 Harden, JamesJames Harden Houston Rockets Basketball 4 years (2016–2020) $118,103,446 $29,525,861 $360,071.48 [91]
88 Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh Miami Heat Basketball 5 years (2014–2019) $118,000,000 $23,600,000 $287,804.88 [92]
89 Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr.R Cincinnati Reds* Baseball 9 years (2000–2008) $116,500,000 $12,944,444 $79,903.98 [41]
90 (tie) McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabbR Philadelphia Eagles* American football 12 years (2002–2013) $115,000,000 $9,583,333 $598,958.31 [93]
90 (tie) Dalton, AndyAndy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals American football 6 years (2015–2020) $115,000,000 $19,166,667 $1,197,916.67 [94]
92 Miller, VonVon Miller Denver Broncos American football 6 years (2016–2021) $114,500,000 $19,083,333 $1,192,708.33 [95]
93 Suh, NdamukongNdamukong Suh Miami Dolphins American football 6 years (2015–2020) $114,000,000 $19,000,000 $1,187,500.00 [96]
94 Horford, AlAl Horford Boston Celtics Basketball 4 years (2016–2020) $113,326,228 $28,331,557 $345,506.79 [97]
95 (tie) Love, KevinKevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball 5 years (2015–2020) $113,211,750 $22,642,350 $276,126.22 [98]
95 (tie) Gasol, MarcMarc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Basketball 5 years (2015–2020) $113,211,750 $22,642,350 $276,126.22 [99]
97 Cain, MattMatt Cain San Francisco Giants Baseball 6 years (2012–2017) $112,500,000 $18,666,667 $115,226.34 [100]
98 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas4 R Washington Wizards* Basketball 6 years (2008–2013) $111,000,000 $18,500,000 $225,609.76 [101]
99 (tie) Weber, SheaShea Weber Nashville Predators* Hockey 14 years (2012–2026) $110,000,000 $7,857,143 $95,818.82 [102]
99 (tie) Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers American football 5 years (2015–2019) $110,000,000 $22,000,000 $1,375,000.00 [103]
99 (tie) Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann Detroit Tigers Baseball 5 years (2016–2020) $110,000,000 $22,000,000 $135,802.47 [104]
99 (tie) Cespedes, YoenisYoenis Cespedes New York Mets Baseball 4 years (2017–2020) $110,000,000 $27,500,000 $169,753.09 [105]
99 (tie) Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vettel Ferrari Auto racing 3 years (2015–2017) $110,000,000 $36,666,667 $1,833,333.33 [106]
104 (tie) James, LeBronLeBron James Miami Heat* Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $109,837,500 $18,306,250 $223,246.95 [107]
104 (tie) Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh Miami Heat Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $109,837,500 $18,306,250 $223,246.95 [107]
106 Romo, TonyTony RomoR Dallas Cowboys* American football 6 years (2014–2019) $108,000,000 $18,000,000 $1,125,000.00 [108]
107 Paul, ChrisChris Paul Los Angeles Clippers* Basketball 5 years (2013–2018) $107,343,478 $21,468,696 $261,813.36 [109]
108 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade Miami Heat* Basketball 6 years (2010–2016) $107,186,000 $17,864,333 $217,857.72 [110]
109 Kemp, ShawnShawn KempR Cleveland Cavaliers* Basketball 7 years (1997–2004) $107,000,000 $15,285,714 $186,411.15 [111]
110 McCollum, C.J.C.J. McCollum Portland Trail Blazers Basketball 4 years (2017–2021) $106,663,450 $26,665,862 $325,193.45 [112]
111 Porter, OttoOtto Porter Washington Wizards Basketball 4 years (2017-2021) $106,524,975 $26,631,244 $324,771.27 [113]
112 Reyes, JoséJosé Reyes Miami Marlins* Baseball 6 years (2012–2017) $106,000,000 $17,666,666 $109,053.50 [114]
113 Howard, JuwanJuwan HowardR Washington Bullets* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $105,375,000 $15,053,571 $183,580.14 [115]
114 (tie) Brown, KevinKevin BrownR Los Angeles Dodgers* Baseball 7 years (1999–2005) $105,000,000 $15,000,000 $92,592.59 [41]
114 (tie) Bailey, HomerHomer Bailey Cincinnati Reds Baseball 6 years (2014–2019) $105,000,000 $17,500,000 $108,024.61 [116]
114 (tie) Braun, RyanRyan Braun Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 5 years (2016–2020) $105,000,000 $21,000,000 $129,629.63 [117]
114 (tie) Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo MourningR Miami Heat* Basketball 7 years (1996–2003) $105,000,000 $15,000,000 $182,926.83 [118]
118 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey 12 years (2013–2025) $104,400,000 $8,700,000 $106,097.56 [119]
119 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Manchester United Association football 4 years (2015–2019) $104,000,000 $26,000,000 $498,000.00 [120]
120 Newton, CamCam Newton Carolina Panthers American football 5 years (2015–2020) $103,800,000 $20,760,000 $1,297,500.00 [121]
121 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Atlanta Falcons American football 5 years (2014–2018) $103,750,000 $20,750,000 $1,296,875.00 [122]
122 Kidd, JasonJason KiddR New Jersey Nets* Basketball 6 years (2003–2009) $103,572,000 $17,262,000 $210,512.20 [123]
123 Bledsoe, DrewDrew BledsoeR New England Patriots* American football 10 years (2001–2010) $103,000,000 $10,300,000 $643,750.00 [124]
124 Cox, FletcherFletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles American football 6 years (2017–2022) $102,600,000 $17,100,000 $1,068,750.00 [125]
125 Finley, MichaelMichael FinleyR Dallas Mavericks* Basketball 7 years (2001–2008) $102,265,625 $14,609,375 $178,163.11 [126]
126 (tie) Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers American football 8 years (2008–2015) $102,000,000 $12,750,000 $796,875.00 [127]
126 (tie) Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid C.F. Association football 6 years (2009–2015) $102,000,000 $17,000,000 $400,000.00 [128]

1 – Rodriguez's 2014 salary was reduced to $2,868,853 due to his season-long suspension related to the Biogenesis baseball scandal[129]
2 – Rodriguez opted out of this contract after the 2007 season
3 – Vick's contract was terminated by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 season
4 – Arenas was suspended without pay for the majority of the 2009-10 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
6 - Exact contract figures will be available once the 2017–18 salary cap is set and contracts are officially signed
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,[130] 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.[131][132]
  • 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.[133]
  • 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.) [134]

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