Last week, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves across the entire sports landscape when he signed a $503 million contract extension, the first contract worth half-a-billion dollars in sports history. Wednesday is also the national holiday Tax Day, when all federal income tax returns are due.
In light of Mahomes' big deal, as well Wednesday being Tax Day, NBC Sports Washington decided to take a look at the highest-paid athletes in the DMV. With three major championships in two years, there's plenty of talent in the District of Champions.
Here are the highest-paid athletes in the DMV.
Washington Wizards -- John Wall
2019-20 salary: $37.8 million
Total contract: $122 million over four years
Wall signed a Supermax contract with Washington following the 2016-17 NBA season, where the point guard put up a career-best 23.1 points per game and 10.7 assists per game. Injuries have derailed Wall over the past two seasons, but he's poised to come back this fall better than he ever was.
Washington Wizards -- Bradley Beal
2019-20 salary: $27.1 million
Total contract: three years, $90.3 million
With Wall sidelined, Beal has emerged as Washington's best player, and frankly, one of the best players in the entire NBA. The 27-year-old finished second in the NBA in scoring this past season, averaging a career-high 30.4 points per game. Beal has mentioned multiple times he wants to remain in D.C. for the remainder of his career, and the guard is eligible for a Supermax extension should he make an All-NBA team this year.
Washington Nationals -- Stephen Strasburg
2020 salary: $35.0 million
Total contract: seven years, $245 million
The reigning World Series MVP cashed in this offseason, inking a seven-year deal with Washington that will keep him in the nation's capital through his age 38 season. After entering the MLB as one of the most hyped-up prospects ever, Strasburg has justified the hype over the past few seasons, emerging as one of the best starters across all of baseball and an incredible postseason pitcher.
Washington Nationals -- Max Scherzer
2020 salary: $35.9 million
Total contract: seven years, $191.4 million
Since arriving in D.C. in 2015, Scherzer has been one of Major League Baseball's best pitchers, winning two NL Cy Youngs and finishing second and third in the voting the past two seasons, respectively. Scherzer is under contract through 2021, but it's never too early for Washington to start thinking about another extension.
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Washington Capitals -- Alex Ovechkin
2019-20 salary: $10 million
Total contract: 13 years, $124 million
Arguably the face of D.C. sports, Ovechkin has cemented himself as one of the all-time greats during his time with the Capitals. The Great 8 is still as good as ever, and will likely command another lucrative deal following the end of his contract in 2021, even at age 36.
Washington Football -- Alex Smith
2020 salary: $21.4 million
Total contract: four years, $94 million
After suffering a gruesome leg injury in November of 2018, it's still uncertain whether Smith will ever play football again. But after watching 'Project 11,' you can't count the quarterback out. Washington has a potential opt-out of Smith's contract following this season.
Washington Football -- Landon Collins
2020 salary: $14 million
Total contract: six years, $84 million
Collins signed the highest-paid contract in NFL history for a safety in 2018 when he inked a six-year, $84 million deal with Washington last March. Collins' first season with the Burgundy and Gold was a little underwhelming, but there's plenty of hope for a bounce-back season with new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio at the helm.
Baltimore Ravens -- Earl Thomas
2020 salary: $13.75 million
Total contract: four years, $55 million
After a decorated career with the Seattle Seahawks, Thomas traded in the Pacific Northwest for the Mid-Atlantic last offseason and signed a four-year deal with Baltimore. In Baltimore, Thomas is the leader of what is arguably the best secondary in the NFL.
Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis
2020 salary: $23 million
Total contract: seven years, $161 million
Sorry, Orioles fans, Chris Davis is still on the books for three more seasons. The slugger was worth the lucrative deal when Baltimore signed him to an extension in 2016, as he was coming off a 47 home run, 117 RBI season. Unfortunately, Davis hasn't been anywhere close to that since.
Washington Mystics -- Elena Delle Donne
2020 salary: $215,000
Full contract: four years, $889,000
The two-time WNBA MVP and reigning champion Elena Delle Donne is deservedly the highest-paid player in the WNBA. However, it's uncertain whether she will play during Washington's abbreviated season in Orlando, as Delle Donne suffers from Lyme disease and could be at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
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