The 50 highest-earning American athletes
Magic men Carter, Howard and Rashard Lewis will earn $54 million combined next season. That's $10 million more than Carter's last power trio -- with Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson -- in N.J. in '06-07.
We'll see if Pujols is worth, as Bobby Cox suggested, $50 million a year. What is clear is that the Cardinals' slugger will become the second athlete in history to sign a second deal in excess of $100 million.
Like Stafford, the guy chosen over him in '09, No. 2 pick Smith opted to forgo a signing bonus in lieu of a giant payout in year two of his deal: $20.2 million in option and roster bonuses.
Howard's five-year, $125 million contract extension, which he signed in April, has the slugger locked up until at least 2016. At this point, he's the only player on Philly's books past the 2013 season.
Big Tex just can't get out of Texas. Former Ranger just dropped the asking price on his former mansion in Dallas to $4.6 million -- more than $1 million less than he was asking in November.
Peppers' six-year deal with the Bears guarantees him $40.5 million over the first three. Add last year's Carolina haul and that totals a $58 million bonanza by the '13 Super Bowl.
Allen and wife, Shannon, have a bigger cause than a new contract (he signed a two-year extension with Boston): raising money for the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation. Their 3-year-old son, Walker, was diagnosed with the disease in '08.
Normally spendthrift Patriots emptied the bank in March to retain their Pro Bowl nose tackle, signing him to a five-year, $40 million deal that included an $18 million signing bonus up front.
Maybe the Freak is rubbing off? Back-in-form Zito still owns his $9 million home in tony Marin County, but lives in a flat in San Francisco's Marina District -- not far from Tim Lincecum's condo.
The cornerback's former team, Oakland, cut him a year before he was due to earn a combined $16.5 million in salary and bonuses. His 'Skins deal guarantees him that much in 2010.
Sources: Salaries, winnings and bonus figures from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Endorsement estimates from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salaries based on current or most recently completed seasons (exception: 2010 for NFL). For winnings-based sports (golf, auto racing, tennis), 2009 calendar year amounts used. Boxing purses are from July '09 to June 2010.
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