The Cincinnati Bengals chose to activate the fifth-year option on Kirkpatrick's rookie contract on April 28, 2015, earning him $7.5 million in 2016. He'll become a free agent after the season.
When he entered the league in 2014 as the No. 5 overall pick, Kirkpatrick was expected to be one of the best safeties in football. However, due to an injury-riddled season that saw him miss six games because of ankle and knee problems, he fell short of that expectation. The good news is that he's healthy now and back for a full season. It also doesn't hurt that he has two more years left on his deal.
In 2016, Kirkpatrick led all NFL rookies with nine interceptions. His 930 yards after the catch were second only to San Francisco's Michael Thomas. Despite missing six games, Kirkpatrick still finished third among all safeties with 709 snaps played.
His success last season wasn't just limited to stats alone though. Kirkpatrick helped lead the Bengals to their first playoff appearance since 1990 by making three solo tackles and one assist in four postseason games. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns during his four seasons in Cincinnati.
Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has spent the most of his nine-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, who chose him 17th overall in 2012. Kirkpatrick spent his first season away from the Bengals with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020. He'll be 26 by the start of the 2021 season.
He started out his career as a rookie free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons. In 2012, he became only the second player in NFL history to intercept three passes in one game, finishing with three interceptions against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Kirkpatrick also had two fumble recoveries on special teams that year.
In 2013, Kirkpatrick was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association. The award is given out annually to the best defensive player in the league. Kirkpatrick became the third player in NFL history (Mark Gastineau and Rod Woodson are the others) to win the award more than once. He finished second in voting the following year.
After four seasons with the Bengals, Kirkpatrick signed a five-year, $50 million contract with $20 million guaranteed at the beginning of 2019. He skipped all of last season after suffering a knee injury in training camp. The Bengals released him with a failed physical designation this offseason.
Kirkpatrick was born on January 4th, 1989 in Mobile, Alabama.
The Bengals selected him in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He began his broadcasting career after retiring from professional football. He currently works for a number of sports networks. According to reports, his current yearly compensation is $4 million. He earns enough money to sustain his family. However, he doesn't make too much compared to other football commentators.
Collinsworth's annual salary is higher than most athletes who have their own sports channels or magazines because many people believe that football fans want to hear about drama in sports centers rather than watch it themselves. Nevertheless, he has been able to build up an audience by giving useful advice to aspiring players and coaches.
After graduating from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in speech communication, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He began his broadcasting career at WLWT-TV in Louisville, Kentucky before moving on to ESPN in 1998. His current employer is CBS Sports. He covers various NFL games each week including Monday Night Football and The Super Bowl.
He makes a lot of money because he has so many viewers that it can be difficult to find anyone who hasn't heard of him. Also, since he works for several different networks, his appearances are likely to catch attention from many more people than just those who follow football.
Current Agreement Ryan Shazier agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a four-year, $9,507,212 contract that included a $5,234,336 signing bonus, $9,507,212 guaranteed, and an average yearly salary of $2,376,803. The deal also includes a $250,000 workout bonus and a $50,000 training camp bonus.
He started getting paid this year. His base salary for 2019 is $12,813,624. That makes him one of the highest-paid linebackers in the NFL.
Shazier has been a force off the bench since coming over from the Cleveland Browns in a trade last season. He led the Steelers with 102 tackles and had three interceptions. He also had two sacks.
Before becoming a starter, he made $735,000 with the Browns in 2018. That was before he got hurt. He came back late in the season and played in 12 games for the Steelers. He still managed to make first-team All-Pro honors by ESPN and Pro Football Writers Association.
In 2017, Shazier was second on the Browns with 99 tackles. He also had three interceptions and nine passes defensed. Before joining the Browns, he spent three seasons with the Division II Ohio State University.
After his injury last season, Shazier decided to change teams again.