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.