Quarterback Alex Smith’s Net Worth

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.

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NFL Quarterback Alex Smith

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 had to pack his bags yet again earlier this year as he was traded off to the Washington Redskins who had just lost their quarterback.  However, with his new team came a new contract.  Alex Smith recently just signed a four year deal valued at $94 million.  The contract included a $27 million signing bonus along with a total of $55 million guaranteed over the first two years.  Even if Alex is only able to play two years with the Redskins, we can expect quarterback Alex Smith’s net worth to increase to over $60 million.

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.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo’s Net Worth

In professional sports, salaries keep going up and up each and every year.  Whether it’s in the NBA, MLB, NHL or NFL, professional teams are making their athletes richer than ever before.  Jimmy Garoppolo is now the newest recipient to join this club thanks to his most recent contract.  Jimmy had been a long time backup to future hall of famer Tom Brady, but during the 2017 NFL season, he got traded to the San Francisco 49ers.  Once being traded to San Francisco, Jimmy helped lead the team to five straight victories to finish the season.  The momentum the team finished the season with was enough for them to extend him the highest valued contract in NFL history to its point.  Jimmy Garoppolo’s net worth currently sits at $1.5 million.

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San Francisco Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The way Jimmy’s current contract is structured gives San Francisco the option to cut ties with the up and coming QB after three seasons if things don’t pan out.  Garoppolo’s contract has over $74 million dollars of guaranteed money.  If he is able to complete all five years on his contract, we can expect Jimmy Garoppolo’s net worth to increase to nearly $50 million.  With so much money, one has to wonder, will Jimmy be budgeting the way he used to?

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Super Bowl Party on a Budget

We have officially arrived at Super Bowl week.  The game, which is on Sunday, February 4th, features the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.  Super Bowl LII is sure to be an exciting affair.  The two teams previously met in Super Bowl XXXIX back in 2005 where the Patriots were victorious.  With all the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, there are bound to be numerous parties all over to celebrate the big game.  Some will go to their local bar to watch it, some will go to house parties to watch it, and others will be hosting a party to view it.  So if you are in a hosting position, what’s the best way to go about it?  Below are three ways to host a Super Bowl party on a budget.

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Super Bowl LII

Alcoholic Beverages/Drinks

A Super Bowl party on a budget isn’t complete without drinks, more specifically, beer.  While purchasing beer for the entire party might be a little costly, there are some ways around it.  A 24 pack of Bud Light or Coors Light should be sufficient for the party as long as you encourage your party guests to bring their own beverages of choice.  Bud Light and Coors Light scream SUPER BOWL, especially with Budweiser’s ties to past Super Bowl commercials.  You can also go spend about $8 or so on a number of two liter sodas.  Ultimately you should be able to purchase a plentiful amount of beer and sodas for your party for around $30.

Food and Snacks

Chips and salsa are a staple of any Super Bowl party as well, but won’t be sufficient to feed all of your guests.  That’s why you should encourage your guests to bring a small dish.  If most bring a small dish, then you will have more than enough food to supply all hungry appetites.  As a host, you yourself should cook a dish or provide some ample amount of food like pizza.  Many national pizza chains run specials around the big game.  Just make sure you order ahead of time and try to carryout beforehand if possible.  All in all you can purchase about three medium sized pizzas and chips and salsa for around $25.

Cups, Plates, Etc.

You are more than welcomed to use your fine china, but disposable cups and plates are the easiest way to go when it comes to hosting a Super Bowl party on a budget.  You can buy all of the necessary items, cups, plates, and utensils for around $10 for the whole party.  The best part is that when it comes to cleaning up after the big game all you have to do is toss everything in the trash.

Final Thoughts

Hosting a Super Bowl party is a time honored tradition, almost as important as the game itself.  Whether your team is playing or not, these simple tips above can ensure that you and your guests have a wonderful time watching the game, the commercials and all that comes with Super Bowl Sunday.

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Drew Brees Net Worth

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.

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Drew Brees

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.

 

Dez Bryant’s Net Worth

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.

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Dez Bryant’s Net Worth

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.

Tyrod Taylor Net Worth

As kids, many of us grew up hoping to play sports at the professional level.  I vividly remember playing backyard football and keeping up with my stats like I had a million dollar contract to prove my worth.  In reality, very few of us actually make it; however, Tyrod Taylor is different.  Growing up in Virginia, Tyrod excelled as an athlete from a young age.  He was a three sport athlete in high school and played multiple positions on the football team.  His stellar play in high school led to football scholarships and Tyrod eventually signed with Virginia Tech.  Athleticism and determination have helped give Tyrod Taylor net worth a value of $10 million.

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In college, Taylor started 42 of 50 games during his four year career.  He amassed 50 passing touchdowns along with another 23 rushing touchdowns in his tenure.  During his senior season, he was named the ACC Player of the Year.  He led his Hokies to the ACC Championship game that season, where they knocked off the Florida State Seminoles.  In the 2011 NFL draft the following year, he would be selected 180th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.  While his first four seasons at Baltimore were mainly spent in the backup role, he would eventually become a starter when he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2015.  A strong showing during the 2015 season with Buffalo eventually led to Tyrod signing an enormous contract with the Bills.  This contract was worth $90 million over five years and would significantly add to Tyrod Taylor net worth.

The 2016 NFL season didn’t go as well as Tyrod or the Bills had hoped.  Tyrod’s play was average, but the Bills had another losing record which led to the firing of head coach Rex Ryan.  A clause in Tyrod Taylor’s contract made it so Buffalo didn’t have to pay him the remaining four years of his original five year $90 million contract, which they didn’t.  Instead, the organization decided to restructure the deal, and in March of 2017 it was eventually altered to 2 years for just $30 million.

Despite throwing 48 touchdowns to only 15 interceptions from 2015 through the first 10 games of 2017, Taylor has yet to solidify his starting spot among the coaching staff.  Yesterday, Tyrod did earn his starting role back against the Kansas City Chiefs.

By the end of the 2017 NFL season, Tyrod Taylor’s net earnings through the league will exceed $27 million.  More than half of that amount is being earned during this season through his salary and signing bonus.  If Tyrod can get back on track and lead the Bills to numerous wins down the stretch, he may be able to solidify himself as a staple in the team’s locker room.  A good end to the season means that Tryod can expect the Bills to exercise their option for the 2018 season, where he’ll be due roughly $16 million.  Stellar play towards the end of the season is the best way for Tyrod Taylor net worth to continue to increase in the years to come.

Jay Cutler Net Worth

Tom Brady, Brett Farve, Peyton Manning, these quarterbacks will all go down in NFL history as some of the best.  Then there are those quarterbacks who enjoyed a long and successful NFL career, but won’t be remembered among the elite.  In steps Jay Cutler.  Cutler is currently the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.  He came out of retirement after Miami’s starting quarterback was hurt earlier this year.  While many consider Jay Cutler falling short of career expectations, he has been able to rack up a significant net worth during his playing career.  Jay Cutler’s net worth sits at $60 million.

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Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler

At 34 years of age, Cutler is currently playing in his 12th year as an NFL quarterback.  He has played for three teams, the Broncos, the Bears, and now the Dolphins.  He was selected as the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.  His first contract in the NFL was worth an astounding $48 million for six years; however, he was traded to the Chicago Bears after only three seasons in Denver.  While in Chicago, Cutler remained a consistent starter for the Bears, but he never produced the stellar season that the Bears were hoping for.  Even despite his lackluster performance, he was still awarded with a massive seven year $127 million contract in early 2014.  Even with this massive contract in hand, Jay Cutler couldn’t live up to the expectations and eventually he was released by Chicago before playing out the extent of the contract.

Upon his release from the Chicago Bears, Cutler announced he would retire from professional football; however, his retirement was short lived.  He was eventually called upon by the Miami Dolphins to fill in for quarterback Ryan Tannehill who got injured before the 2017 season began.  Miami signed Cutler to a one year deal worth $10 million.  After the 2017 NFL season, Jay Cutler’s career NFL earnings will top over $120 million.  It is his NFL paychecks that have helped give rise to Jay Cutler’s net worth.

Although many believe Cutler fell short of his potential, he has ended up having a fairly successful football career.  His college career at Vanderbilt University propelled him to his first round draft selection.  He was named to the All-SEC first team his senior year.  His only Pro Bowl selection came in 2008 when he led the Broncos to an 8-8 overall record and threw for 25 touchdowns.  He set a career high for himself in passing yards that year with 4,526.

Jay Cutler is married to reality television star Kristin Cavallari and the couple has a total of three children together.  He started the Jay Cutler Foundation back in 2007 while in Denver.  He was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and works with Dedication to Diabetes to help raise awareness for the disease.

Bill Belichick Net Worth

Bill Belichick is the head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.  The 65 year old has been the head coach of the Patriots since 2000.  He is currently in his 18th season of coaching with the team and his 23rd of coaching in the NFL.  His success with New England is unparalleled in professional sports.  Due to his high success in coaching, Belichick has easily earned his yearly salary estimated to be around $7.5 million.  This high salary and his the constant success of his teams on the field have helped make Bill Belichick net worth $40 million.

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New England head coach Bill Belichick

Belichick became enveloped in sports from a young age.  He played football in college for Wesleyan University in Connecticut, but his passion for the game didn’t stop there.  Bill spent many seasons in the National Football League slowly working his way up to the top.  His first chance to become a head coach was in 1991 when he was given the reigns to the Cleveland Browns.  He coached for the team for five seasons with his best record being 11-5 during the 1994 campaign.  He was eventually let go after the Browns went 5-11 during the ’95 season and the team moved to Baltimore.  It wouldn’t be until the year 2000 when Belichick was once again announced as a head coach, this time for the New England Patriots.

In his first 17 seasons with the Patriots, Belichick has led the team, with help from quarterback Tom Brady, to an astonishing 201-71 regular season record.  Belichick wasn’t just good at winning, he was good at winning championships.  Bill has coached the Patriots to five Super Bowl titles during his stint.  Additionally, the team has made the playoffs in 14 of his 17 seasons and has 14 AFC East division titles to go along.  The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champs after a come from behind victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

So what helps to make Bill Belichick net worth so high among coaches?  Ultimately it is his teams success year after year.  He is a five time Super Bowl winner as a head coach, a two time Super Bowl winner as an assistant coach, and a three time winner of the AP NFL Coach of the Year award.  That many awards over a coaching career is sure to make almost anyone a wealthy individual.

We believe that Bill Belichick net worth will continue to increase over the coming years.  He is one of the highest paid coaches in all of football history and as long as his team continues to produce we don’t see him retiring anytime soon.  We have seen many coaches continue their careers well into their 70’s, and we shouldn’t expect anything less from this future Hall of Fame inductee.

Blake Bortles Net Worth

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Blake Bortles is a professional football player for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.  At 25 years old, Bortles is one of the younger starting quarterbacks in the league.  A Florida native, Bortles has spent his entire football career in the sunshine state.  He was a two sport athlete at Oviedo High School in Florida and went on to play college football at Central Florida.  He then entered the NFL draft in 2014 where he was selected number three overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Entering his fourth season in the league, Blake Bortles net worth is currently $8 million.

Bortles was a two year starter at the University of Central Florida leading the team to a 22-5 record in those two seasons.  He threw for over 7,000 yards in his collegiate career to go along with 56 touchdowns and another 15 rushing touchdowns.  At 6’5” 230 pounds, Bortles caught the eye of NFL scouts due to his size and potential to succeed at the next level as a pocket passer.  After being drafted third overall, Bortles signed a four year contract with the Jaguars valued at over $20 million.  Included in that contract was a signing bonus that exceeded $13 million.  Earlier this year, Jacksonville exercised a fifth year option on the quarterback.  Because of his high draft pick and the position he plays, Bortles will earn an estimated $19 million for the 2018 season.  The total amount of his first five years in the NFL will total just shy of $40 million.

Bortles success in the NFL has been somewhat limited through his first three seasons.  In three seasons with the Jags, Bortles has thrown for over 11,000 yards to go along with 69 touchdowns to 51 interceptions.  Most disappointing though is the Jags 11-37 overall record during those three seasons with Bortles at the helm.  Additionally, the team has failed to end the season with a winning record in each of the past nine seasons.  While many thought Bortles would be the spark to bring the Jags back to the top of the division, time is slowly running out.  To make matters worse, at this moment, Bortles hasn’t even been declared the starter for the 2017 season.

Despite struggles on the field and within the organization, Bortles bank account is still doing quite well.  Blake Bortles net worth will continue to increase over the next two seasons.  Even though Black Bortles net worth currently sits at $8 million, we expect it to more than double over the next two years to $18 million.  If he is able to produce over the next season or two, he could be rewarded with a mega contract that could be worth in excess of $100 million.

Blake is the eldest of two children from his parents Rob and Suzy Bortles and has a younger brother, Colby, who played baseball for Ole Miss and was recently drafted by the Detroit Tigers.

Marshawn Lynch Net Worth

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Marshawn Lynch is a professional football player for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.  After spending the 2016 season in retirement, Lynch decided to jump back into the pro ranks and inked a two year deal with the Raiders.  Marshawn has already recorded nine seasons as an NFL player, and if he is able to complete his two year deal with the Raiders, he will be one of the oldest backs in the league.

His extensive NFL playing career along with off-field endorsements have made Marshawn Lynch net worth in excess of tens of millions of dollars.  In fact, Marshawn Lynch’s net worth sits at $32 million as he enters the 2017 NFL season.

Growing up in Oakland, California, Lynch had the deck stacked against him from an early age.  He was one of three siblings and raised by a single mother.  However, that didn’t stop Marshawn from excelling in sports from a young age.  He was a high school All-American who eventually earned a scholarship to play for the University of California in Berkeley.  In his three seasons with the Bears, Lynch rushed for over 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns.  In his final season at Cal, 2006, he was voted the PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Year along with being named a first team All-American.  His stellar play was noticed by NFL scouts and because so, he left college a year early to enter the 2007 NFL draft.  He was drafted number 12 overall by the Buffalo Bills and signed a six year $19 million contract with the team.  He produced in his first two seasons with the Bills, but after a sluggish third year, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.  Once in Seattle, Lynch came into his own.  In four seasons, from 2011-2014, Lynch rushed for at least 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns in each of the four years leading the team to back to back Super Bowls.

Prior to the 2017 season, Marshawn Lynch has grossed nearly $50 million in career earnings in the NFL.  His most lucrative contract came prior to the 2012 season where he signed a four year $30 million extension with Seattle.  The most recent contract he signed with Oakland was two years for $9 million.  Regardless if he completes the full length of his current contract, Lynch is one of the highest career earning running back ever in the NFL which adds a great deal to the Marshawn Lynch net worth.

With endorsements from the likes of Nike, Pepsi, and Skittles, it is estimated that he earns millions a year from such deals.  In an article written just last year, Marshawn revealed that he hasn’t spent any of his career earning money in the NFL.  He strictly lives off his endorsement deals.  Because of his frugal habits, a rarity among sports athletes, Marshawn Lynch’s net worth has grown significantly over time.  While his NFL career is slowly coming to a close, he can rest assured that he would have saved up enough money throughout his playing tenure to enjoy retirement whenever he chooses to do so.

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