Even though career windows of NFL players are short and their endorsement opportunities are generally slim, some of them are earning very well.
10) Devin McCourty (Salary/bonuses: $19.1 million)
McCourty’s total earnings were $19.3 million. Even though he was a free agent in 2015, he chose to stay with the New England Patriots due to their Super Bowl win. The $47.5 million contract (for five years) contains a $15 million signing bonus $28.5 million in guaranteed money. He made $250,000 by endorsing various brands. He has joint endorsement deals with his twin brother Jason with PepsiCo, Visa and Palmer’s lotion.
9) Alex Smith (Salary/bonuses: $19.1 million)
Alex Smith’s salary and bonuses amounted to $19.1 million. His total earnings were $19.6 million. He makes $500,000 through endorsements. He led Kansas City to a 9-0 start and their first playoff berth in three years. Kansas City rewarded him with a $68 million contract (four years) for his efforts. The deal included $18 million signing bonus and $45 million paid out over the first three years.