Warning: The following material may create extreme feelings of inadequacy and is not meant for anyone who ties their personal value with their annual salary.
Sorry about that. It was supervisor-mandated. But I digress.
Last week Forbes released its list of the highest-paid athletes over the last 12 months. The evaluation included endorsements and salary from the athletes’ respective sports.
And yes, even though Minnesota is a “small market,” it left its mark on the list. Have a look:
New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins kicked things off at No. 55 with $26.9 million in salary and $1.5 million in endorsements. With his new three-year, $84 million guaranteed contract from the Vikings, he’s in good shape to elevate his status further come this time next year.
Next up is old friend (too generous?) Kevin Love, who is tied at 60th with Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez. The former Timberwolf made $26.9 million overall, $22.9 million in salary and $4 million in endorsements, and his base salary increases to $25 million and change next year. It’s a raise he’ll especially want and need if he’s left in Cleveland without LeBron James this offseason.
Another former Minnesota athlete finds himself at No. 86: Sam Bradford. The ex-Vikings QB accumulated $24.3 million overall, with $24.1 million in salary and $250,000 in endorsements. He just got $20 million from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason, so his status for next year on this list is in OK shape (the No. 100 athlete made $22.9 million total).
Last but not least is Joe Mauer: The Twins first baseman landed in a tie for 86th at $23.5 million with tennis star Novak Djokovic, Man City’s Sergio Aguero, Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter J.J. Redick and Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams.
Mauer’s eight-year, $184 million contract is up at the end of this season and if the 35-year-old chooses to continue playing, his next contract will take a bit of a haircut. His $500,000 in endorsements won’t keep him on the next Forbes list.
Want to know more? Check out the whole list here.