Several Athletes With D.C.-Baltimore Roots Make Forbes’ ‘Highest-Paid’ List
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Forbes has released its annual list of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes and several sports figures with roots in the D.C.-Baltimore area made the cut.
Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant ranks 20th on the list with $31.9 million in earnings in the past 12 months. The Prince George’s County native made $17.9 million in salary from the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2013-14 season and banked another $14 million in endorsements, the majority of which comes from Nike. The 25-year-old Durant is the fifth-youngest athlete on this year’s list.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who was born and raised in Baltimore, ranks 24th on the list with $29.4 million in earnings for the past year. Anthony, 30, had a salary of $21.4 million last season and made another $8 million from endorsement deals, including Nike’s Jordan Brand and Foot Locker.
Yankees first baseman and Severna Park native Mark Teixeira comes in at 50th on the list with $22.7 million in earnings. Teixeira’s large salary of $22.5 million is the main reason for his ranking. The 34-year-old makes about $200,000 per year from sponsors Nike, Rawlings and from memorabilia.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden ranks 62nd on the list with $21.4 million in earnings. Haden, who grew up in Fort Washington, recently signed a five-year, $67.5 million contract extension with the Browns. Forbes reports that Haden, 25, makes about $150,000 per year off the field.
Two athletes who play for Washington and Baltimore teams also made the top 100.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs comes in 96th on the list with $17.6 million in earnings.
Washington Nationals outfield Jayson Werth ranks tied for 97th with $17.5 million in earnings. Werth — who is in the middle of a seven-year, $126 million deal — is earning about $20.5 million in salary for the 2014 season.
Forbes’ earnings figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, as well as licensing and endorsement income paid out during the 12 months between June 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014.