Jaylen Brown of the NBA and Justin Herbert of the NFL have recently inked record-breaking contracts.
Despite Kylian Mbappe’s potential to become the priciest footballer ever, the United States has already witnessed two record-breaking financial milestones in sports.
As the sports world waits to see the result of Al-Hilal’s staggering £259m bid for Paris St-Germain forward Mbappe, both the NBA and NFL have seen substantial contracts signed.
Jaylen Brown has put pen to paper on the most valuable deal in NBA history, staying with the Boston Celtics for a $304m (£236.8m) contract, according to sources.
Simultaneously, Justin Herbert’s recent five-year, $262.5m (£203.6m) deal with the Los Angeles Chargers is set to make him the highest-earning quarterback in the NFL, according to insiders.
Brown’s half-decade contract with the Celtics trumps NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic’s $264m (£204.9m) contract with the Denver Nuggets, which was signed the previous summer.
The 26-year-old, two-time All-Star had his best career averages in points (26.6), rebounds (6.9), and assists (3.5) during the 2022-23 season, when the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.
Selected third in the 2016 NBA draft, Brown will make $28.5m (£22m) in the next season before his lucrative extension kicks in 2024, averaging $60.8m (£47.1m) annually.
His teammate, Jayson Tatum, could qualify for his own supermax extension next summer, potentially re-signing for a deal that could amount to 35% of the salary cap, for up to five years.
Last season, Brown and Tatum collectively scored an impressive 56.7 points per game, ranking them fourth since the league’s 1976-77 merger.
Herbert’s contract with the Chargers surpasses Lamar Jackson’s average annual salary of $52.5m (£40.7m), who signed a five-year, $260m (£201.8m) deal with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.
The 25-year-old quarterback is the sole player to achieve over 4,000 passing yards in each of his first three seasons, setting a new NFL record for completions (1,316) during the first three years of a career.
The Oregon native, selected sixth in the 2020 NFL Draft, made his name as the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, setting a record as the youngest player to throw 30 touchdowns in a season.
Though he had two years left on his rookie contract with a payout of roughly $8.5m (£6.5m) for this season, the new deal offers a significant upgrade.
However, Herbert’s position as the highest-paid player in the NFL may be short-lived, as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is up for an extension, which might exceed Herbert’s earnings.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Record-breaking sports contracts
Who recently signed the most valuable contract in NBA history?
Jaylen Brown recently signed the most valuable contract in NBA history. He agreed to a $304m (£236.8m) contract to stay with the Boston Celtics.
Who became the highest-earning quarterback in the NFL?
Justin Herbert became the highest-earning quarterback in the NFL after signing a five-year, $262.5m (£203.6m) extension with the Los Angeles Chargers.
What were Jaylen Brown’s performance statistics during the 2022-23 NBA season?
During the 2022-23 NBA season, Jaylen Brown had his best career averages in points (26.6), rebounds (6.9), and assists (3.5). His performance helped the Boston Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
What record did Justin Herbert set in his first three NFL seasons?
Justin Herbert is the only player to surpass 4,000 passing yards in each of his first three seasons. Additionally, he made a record number of completions (1,316) over the first three campaigns.
Which other NFL player’s contract could potentially surpass Justin Herbert’s record-breaking deal?
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s forthcoming extension could potentially surpass Justin Herbert’s record-breaking deal, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL.