Ngata Not Overweight – It’s Just His Wallet

Street Talk Ngata Not Overweight – It’s Just His Wallet

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Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and LeBron James make a ton of money because of their athleticism and performance over their career.

None of them received a higher salary and bonuses in the last 12 months than Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata according to Forbes.

Ngata earned $37.1 million in salary and bonuses last year in the first part of a front loaded contract in terms of guaranteed money. That figure was more than any other athlete playing a team sport.

After the Ravens placed the franchise tag on Ngata at the end of the 2010 season, Ngata signed a five-year deal worth $61 million this past September.

Forbes shows that Ngata only received $200,000 in endorsements last season. While that figure may be a lot of money to the common person, it’s extremely low by NFL standards.

In comparison, former Indianapolis Colts and now Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received compensation from companies like Sony, Wheaties, Reebok, DirecTV, Papa Johns and Gatorade, which netted him an additional $10 million into his bank account.

In total, Manning was the highest compensated NFL player last year without even playing a down due to his recovery from neck surgery. Over the last 12-months Manning made $42.4 million – most of that from doing absolutely nothing.

Ngata participated in the Ravens mandatory mini-camp last week and looked a little overweight. Saying he weighed in at 345 but looking more like 370, it’s quite possible he forgot to take his wallet out of his pocket. 

The Ravens fully expect Ngata to drop weight once training camp rolls around as he continues to earn one of the highest paydays in the NFL.

 

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones

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