Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have tens of millions of dollars to your name? The fact is, most of us will spend our life dreaming of such a financial future but never achieve it; however, others, like Alex Smith, know all to well what the feeling is like. Alex Smith is the new quarterback for the Washington Redskins. The former number one overall pick has had an up and down career, but he has recently emerged as a solid starting quarterback in the NFL. A 13 year league veteran, Smith is entering his 14th season with his third different NFL team. Quarterback Alex Smith’s net worth sits at $45 million.
Alex Smith has had a windy road to his NFL success. Originally a number one overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Smith has overcome many struggles and injuries that he experienced early in his professional career. A star at Utah, Smith was a two year starter for the Utes and posted a 21-1 record as a starter. After being drafted by the 49ers in 2005, Smith signed his first NFL contract valued at nearly $50 million for six years. Alex Smith was never able to bring the team to prominence, and in 2012 was replaced as a starter in favor of Colin Kaepernick. The team traded Smith after the season to the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith proved himself worthy of being an NFL starter at Kansas City, where he was named to the Pro Bowl three times.
Alex Smith’s career NFL earnings have already topped over $100 million. If he is able to complete the contract he just signed with the Redskins, his career earnings will more than double. Over his past five seasons in Kansas City, Smith has proven to be a reliable starter. During that stretch, he has thrown a total of 102 touchdowns to just 33 interceptions, one of the best in the league over that span.
On a personal note, Alex is married with two children. In 2007 he started The Alex Smith Foundation which aims to provide foster teens opportunities to transition into adulthood.
We are currently in the middle of the NFL offseason. It’s been just over a month since the Super Bowl, where the Philadelphia Eagles knocked of the New England Patriots. The offseason in the NFL is when deals are made and players get paid. Right now a player everyone has their eyes on is Kirk Cousins. Cousins is a six year veteran in the NFL with all six of those seasons being spent with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins drafted Kirk 102 overall in the 2012 NFL draft. He played out his initial four year contract and has since accepted and played out two additional single year contracts. Last year Cousins made close to $24 million leading the team. The salaries from his previous two seasons have given rise to Kirk Cousins net worth which currently sits at $18 million.
Cousins, 29, was a three year starter in college for the Michigan State Spartans. He wasn’t a highly touted recruit coming out of high school or college and slipped into the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. When Cousins was drafted by the Redskins, he signed an initial deal valued at $2.5 million for four years. This is a typical offer for someone who gets drafted in the fourth round where he did. However, impressive play led the Redskins to do something that isn’t very common in the NFL. Instead of working on a multi-year contract extension with their QB, Washington decided to give him not one, but two one-year extensions. These extensions meant that if Cousins wanted a big payday he would have to play well. It also meant that the Redskins weren’t committed to a quarterback if he didn’t perform at a high level.
Kirk Cousins has been the starting quarterback for the Redskins for the past three seasons. His numbers over that time have been quite impressive. In each of those three seasons he has thrown for at least 4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and has maintained a passer rating of at least 93. His consistent play has made him attractive to many teams this offseason. The Redskins have missed their chance to sign the QB to a long term deal, thus he is now looking on the free agency market. With very big recent contracts being negotiated for quarterbacks, Cousins could possibly be looking at a four or five year deal that would pay him approximately $25-$29 million in average annual salary.
In the very near future, Kirk Cousins net worth will see a major boost. His new contract will likely come with a large signing bonus that will sharply increase his net worth. We can conservatively expect Kirk Cousins net worth to increase to at least $50 million over the next few years. Even with this new found wealth, some might wonder if he will ever upgrade his van that he purchased years ago from his grandmother. With his frugal mentality and top-notch ability to lead an NFL team, a big payday and a big net worth are in Kirk Cousins immediate future.
Peele has been cast into the spotlight recently for his directing work in the recent hit, Get Out. It was the first film he directed by himself and has received four nominations for the 90th Academy Awards. The four nominations include, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and also Best Actor for the film’s lead, Daniel Kaluuya. Many believe that the success of this film will add greatly to Jordan Peele’s net worth.
Jordan Peele has spent his acting career appearing in several movies including Little Fockers and Wanderlust just to name a few. The main source of his net worth comes from the work he does on various shows. He has done many voice overs for characters of TV shows including Robot Chicken, Bob’s Burgers, and American Dad! He is mostly recognized for the show he helped create, Key & Peele. On the show, he and his co-star Keegan-Michael Key do various sketches that poke fun of modern day society. They are seen here below doing a skit aimed to make fun of NFL players who often announce their colleges before a nationally televised game.
At 39 years of age, Jordan Peele is fairly young in terms of his acting career. He has many promising years ahead of him not only on the TV screen, but also in the director’s chair. While Jordan Peele’s net worth currently sits at $14 million, it could get a massive boost in the coming years if he decides to take on directing full time. We have seen first hand the talent he has when it comes to creating shows, but the whole world now can see his ability to create a box office hit.
Often times celebrities are cast into the spotlight whether they like it or not, but Jordan manages to keep a relatively low profile. He is married to his wife Chelsea and the two have one son together. The couple secretly eloped back in 2016 away from the cameras.
To say Jimmy’s new contract is massive is an understatement. The contract is valued at $137.5 million over five years. This comes out to an average annual salary of $27.5 million per season. So if Jimmy just signed this large contract, why is his net worth just north of $1 million? That is because he has been living off his initial contract he signed when he got drafted in the second round by the New England Patriots. Jimmy’s first contract was for $3.5 million over four years. However, just after one full season with the 49ers, we can expect Jimmy Garoppolo’s net worth to jump to a staggering $15 million. This is because his new contract includes a $35 million signing bonus that he will receive once his contract takes effect.
Garoppolo played in six games for the 49ers during the past season. Although his numbers weren’t impressive statistically, the winning nature he brought to the organization is what ultimately scored him his big deal. He threw for seven touchdowns and five interceptions over the stretch, but led the team to three wins over playoff contenders. It was clear that Jimmy was ready for his time to shine. He spent the first nearly four years of his NFL career playing in a backup quarterback role for the New England Patriots. The most action he saw during any season came in 2016 when he filled in while Tom Brady was serving his suspension. Drafted 62nd overall in the 2014 NFL draft, many believed that Jimmy was destined to be Brady’s replacement when he retired; however, that time never came.
When it comes to great NBA teams, the San Antonio Spurs are often included in that list. The Spurs are consistently among the top teams in the Western Conference year in and year out. They have made 20 straight playoff appearances and have won five NBA Championships during that time. A great part of their success is their head coach, Gregg Popovich, but top players have helped contribute throughout the years. One of the top players on their current team is Kawhi Leonard. Prior to this season, Leonard had led the Spurs in scoring the past three seasons; however, injuries have plagued the star this year. The 26 year old should be able to return before the end of the season. If he does, the Spurs have another great shot of going deep in the playoffs. Kawhi Leonard’s net worth currently sits at $20 million.
A first round selection in the 2011 NBA draft, Leonard has spent the entirety of his career in a Spurs uniform after being drafted by the Pacers. Currently in his seventh NBA season, Kawhi has been steadily improving his stats each and every year. Last season he averaged a career high 25.5 points per game. Because of his stellar play, Kawhi is more than deserving of his current NBA contract which is worth over $94 million for five years. This massive contract has helped give rise to Kawhi Leonard’s net worth. Currently in year three of five for his contract, Leonard’s contract includes a fifth year player option worth over $21 million for the season. Chances are he will decline this fifth year option. What this will allow him to do is instead is to be able to sign an even larger and potentially longer contract. If Kawhi does decide to play out the remaining two years of his contract after this season, we can expect Kawhi’s net worth to double to $40 million.
It tends to be very easy to assess a player’s offensive ability; however, Leonard is known for his defensive prowess as well. He has received the Defensive Player of the Year award twice and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive team four times in his short career. He also helped lead San Antonio to an NBA Championship during the 2013-2014 NBA season and was named the Finals MVP for his performance.
The 2017-2018 season has been a rough one for Leonard thus far. He has only played in a total of nine games and will miss many more. He is expected to return to play before the end of the season due to a thigh injury he has been battling. The Spurs currently sit in third place in the NBA West and should be able to make their 21st straight playoff appearance. Fortunately, it appears that Kawhi will be able to join them and try to lead them to another NBA Championship.
The Philadelphia Eagles are heading to the Super Bowl. Although they have been led all year by quarterback Carson Wentz, Nick Foles has been able to fill in and navigate the team through the playoffs. When Wentz went down with a torn ACL, many didn’t give the Eagles much of a chance. In fact, the Eagles are going to be an underdog in all three of their playoff games. Regardless of the outcome at the Super Bowl, Nick Foles has proven his worth not only as a backup put as a potential starting QB in the league for next season. Finishing up his seventh year in the league, Nick Foles net worth sits at $6 million.
Drafted by the Eagles 88th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, Foles has spent his NFL career with a total of three teams. He spent the first three seasons of his professional career in Philadelphia before being traded to the Rams in a quarterback exchange. He signed a two year contract with the Rams valued at over $24 million, but he never lived up to the hype they had hoped for. He was eventually released and signed with Kansas City. After a one year stint with the Chiefs, Foles found himself on the free agent market and got a call from his old team. Philadelphia had just used their top pick to draft franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, so many were convinced that Foles would fit nicely into a backup role. His most recent deal with the Eagles would net him an additional $11 million in earnings over the next two seasons.
Nick Foles career earnings in the NFL have now reached almost $20 million. Nick Foles net worth can be attributed to these earnings which we can predict should be flowing in for years to come. The rate of those earnings are the biggest question mark though. Foles postseason success has many wondering if he could land with a different NFL team next season. His experience and proven leadership could be an asset to many other organizations. If Foles is able to convince the Eagles to trade him (he still has one year remaining on his contract), then he could demand upwards of $20 million a year in salary.
Regardless of what happens this offseason with Nick Foles one thing is for sure, he is now leading the Eagles into the biggest game of his career. A Super Bowl victory against the Patriots for a backup QB is a monumental milestone. I’m sure Nick is focused on the game instead of his future earnings, but if Nick Foles does get traded he could sign a big contract which could greatly increase Nick Foles net worth. We will have to see what happens, but as they say in Philly, “Fly Eagles Fly”.
The 2017-2018 NFL season came to an abrupt end this past weekend for the New Orleans Saints. They appeared to be well on their way to a victory and play in the NFC Championship game until the Minnesota Vikings scored a touchdown on the last play of the game. The Saints were led by stellar quarterback play in the second half from their leader Drew Brees. Brees just finished up his 17th season in the NFL. The majority of his career has been spent in New Orleans. The completion of this past season has made Drew Brees a free agent, but many expect for the Saints QB to return. Due to his successful NFL career, Drew Brees net worth sits at $80 million.
Drafted in the early second round of the 2001 NFL draft, Brees spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers selected Brees after a successful college campaign he had at Purdue. A three year starter, Brees threw for 90 touchdowns and nearly 12,000 yards during his college career. Upon being drafted in 2001, Drew Brees signed his first NFL contract which was for four years and worth $3.6 million. Solid play eventually led him to reach a deal with the Saints after his fifth year in the league. This deal and subsequent deals would eventually lead to the rise of Drew Brees net worth.
Brees has had a very successful NFL career to say the least. He led the Saints to their first Super Bowl in franchise history in Super Bowl XLIV and was named the MVP. He is an 11-time pro bowl selection to go along with a plethora of other awards from the league including the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2006. He is currently third in all-time passing yards with over 70,000. He will most likely gain the lead if he is able to play at least one more season which he plans to do. His 488 passing touchdowns tie him for third all time.
Because of his on the field success, the majority of Drew Brees net worth comes from his NFL earnings, which are nearing $200 million. If he hopes to eclipse the $200 million mark for net earnings he will have to ink a deal this offseason. Brees is currently an NFL free agent, but many expect him to resign with the Saints sometime in the near future.
Brees is married to his college sweetheart and the couple has four kids together. Brees and his wife are very involved with the New Orleans community and in 2003 they established the Brees Dream Foundation. The foundation does a number of charitable acts including support for cancer patients and also helping with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
We are almost halfway through the 2017-2018 NBA season and the best record belongs to the Golden State Warriors. While this doesn’t come as a surprise to most, the Warriors and their All-Star roster of players have continued their stellar play that led them to the 2017 NBA Championship. One of the player’s who is key to the team’s success is their starting power forward Draymond Green. At 6′ 7″ and 230 pounds, Green is a physical player who has recorded over 80 double doubles in his five and a half year career. A two time NBA All-Star, Draymond Green’s net worth tops out a t $17 million.
The 27 year old NBA star was born and raised in Michigan. He led his high school to back to back state championships before accepting a scholarship offer to play college basketball at Michigan State. While at Michigan State, Green developed into the team’s best player, averaging a double double in his senior season. The Golden State Warriors used the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft to select Green as a member of their squad. His second round selection came with a three year deal valued at $2.65 million.
In his third season with the Warriors, Green emerged as a full time starter for the team. It was in this third season that he averaged nearly 12 points and seven rebounds per game helping lead Golden State to the 2015 NBA Championship. Recognizing his emerging talent, the Warriors and Green agreed upon a five year contract extension worth $82 million. It is this most recent contract that has allowed Draymond Green’s net worth to increase over the past two years.
From our analysis, Draymond is more than worthy of his large contract he signed back in 2015. Since signing the contract, Green has been named an All-Star in 2016 and 2017. In addition to this, he has also made the NBA All-Defensive First Team the past three seasons. Green is a two time NBA Champion who also is a gold medal recipient while he played in the 2016 Olympics representing the United States. Green is currently in year three of his five year extension with the Warriors. He is scheduled to make an additional $36 million over the final two years of his contract. This additional salary should have the potential of nearly doubling Draymond Green’s net worth. With the skyrocketing values on NBA contracts, if Draymond keeps up with his high level of play, he could be handsomely rewarded the next time a contract comes around.
From a personal perspective, Green is known to live a fairly modest life. He lives in an apartment outside of San Francisco and has donated more than $3 million to his alma mater. He is also the father of two kids, one boy and one girl.
As the NFL regular season comes to an end some teams are busy fighting for a playoff spot; however, one team that isn’t in the playoff hunt is the Dallas Cowboys. After showing much promise during the 2016 season, the Cowboys took a step back in 2017. Their top receiver, Dez Bryant, has also taken a few steps back in recent years. Slowed down by injuries, Bryant hasn’t recorded a 1,000 yard season receiving since the 2014 season. Despite his struggles in recent years on the field, Dez’s bank account probably isn’t suffering too much. Dez Bryant’s net worth is $20 million.
A first round draft pick during the 2010 NFL draft, Bryant got off to a hot start in his professional career. His rookie season included over 500 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He continued to develop as an NFL threat and posted nine touchdowns and nearly 1000 yards during his second season with the Cowboys. Over the 2012 to 2014 NFL seasons Dez Bryant solidified himself as one of the top receivers in the league. He posted at least 1200 yards receiving and twelve touchdowns each season during those three years. It was these dominating numbers that justified the Cowboys extending a $70 million contract over five years to the big wideout.
Although small compared to today’s professional sports standards, Dez’s first contract with the Cowboys was worth $11.8 million over five years. This initial contract included a signing bonus of nearly $2 million. Had Dez not had the success he showed during the first five seasons of his NFL career, then Dez Bryant’s net worth wouldn’t be anywhere near the $20 million mark it is today. The Cowboys did decide to reward Dez for his on the field efforts during the 2015 offseason. They extended him a $70 million contract where the total guaranteed amount was $45 million and a signing bonus of $20 million; almost double of his entire first contract.
Injuries have plagued the superstar in recent years since signing the big contract. In the past 3 seasons, Bryant has failed to post a single 1000 yard or ten touchdown season. Bryant is expected to earn a salary of $12.5 million per year over the next two years of his contract. It will be interesting to see where the Cowboys will go with their franchise receiver.
The majority of Dez Bryan’ts net worth comes from his NFL salary, although he does have a few endorsement deals that do add to it. Before making it big as an NFL superstar, Bryant was born and grew up in Texas. An incredible athlete in high school, Bryant was a top football recruit who eventually landed a scholarship to play at Oklahoma State. His college football career ended abruptly after it was shown he failed to disclose to the NCAA contact he had with Deion Sanders. Regardless of his ineligibility, it was clear Bryant was a star as he posted fantastic numbers during his sophomore campaign.
Maybe you’ve heard of him, maybe you haven’t, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is the next big thing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His name is hard to spell and even harder to pronounce, but he has emerged on the scene as the next big star in the league. A 23 year old from Greece, his 6’11” stature has made him a point scoring, rebound pulling machine. Currently playing in his fifth NBA season for the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis is averaging nearly 30 points and 11 rebounds per game thus far in the 2017-2018 season. This past offseason the Bucks signed the rising star to a four year contract worth $100 million. This new contract has given rise to Giannis Antetokounmpo net worth which currently sits at $6 million.
Giannis was the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Although it took a few years to cultivate his talent, the Bucks knew what they were doing. In 2017, Giannis was named an All-Star along with being awarded the NBA Most Improved Player award. This season, Giannis is on pace to post career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, along with free throw percentage.
Antetokounmpo was born and grew up in Greece to parents who immigrated from Nigeria. After initially starting his professional basketball career in Greece, Giannis declared for the NBA draft in 2013. Upon being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, he signed a two year deal worth $3.67 million. As he continued to develop as a player, the Bucks continued to exercise their club option until the time came where they offered him the rookie extension. His rookie extension would be worth $100 million over four years. Giannis Antetokounmpo net worth isn’t an astonishing amount at this point in his career due to the fact that he is only in year one of his newly signed contract. He is set to earn just over $22 million this season, an amount that will increase to over $27 million during year four of the contract.
We expect Giannis Antetokounmpo net worth to significantly increase over the coming years. In fact, Giannis’ net worth could be as much as $30 to $40 million by the time he finishes up his current contract. Nicknamed the “Greek Freak”, many NBA analysts expect his play to only further develop as he continues to improve upon his game. In 2021, when his contract is up, he could easily be on schedule for a massive payday, something similar to Steph Curry’s $200 million dollar contract.
Giannis has become one of the fastest growing stars in the NBA, being compared to the likes of LeBron James. NBA fans are very excited to see what the future holds for this potential future Hall of Famer.