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On Tax Day, who are the highest-paid DMV athletes?

On Tax Day, who are the highest-paid DMV athletes?

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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Nationals place Sean Doolittle on IL, add lefty Seth Romero to roster

Nationals place Sean Doolittle on IL, add lefty Seth Romero to roster

The Nationals finally decided how they want to address Sean Doolittle’s ongoing struggles.

They placed him on the 10-day injured list Thursday because of "right knee fatigue." Doolittle has a 15.00 ERA, his velocity is down and he has been hit hard in every spot he’s pitched in this season. Though, as recently as Monday, Doolittle was labeled healthy by the organization.

Seth Romero was selected to replace him. Romero, a left-handed starter who will be in the bullpen, was the Nationals’ 2017 first-round pick.

He was sent home from spring training in 2018 for an undisclosed violation of team rules before needing Tommy John surgery later that year. He worked at the alternate training site in Fredericksburg this year before being added to the Nationals’ five-man taxi squad for their first 2020 regular-season road trip.

Romero’s service-time clock will not be affected by being placed on the active roster. Any player making his debut after the sixth day of the season will not receive credit for a full year, allowing the organization to retain six full years of control before a player can become a free agent.

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The Nationals had 39 players on their 40-man roster. So, they had a slot for Romero without needing to alter the roster. They just needed to create space on the active 28-man roster.

The team is in desperate need of left-handed pitching help. Sam Freeman was injured Wednesday night against the Mets and is done for the season because of a flexor strain. Freeman told Davey Martinez he “heard something pop” in his elbow Wednesday.

Roenis Elías was placed on the 60-day injured list two weeks ago because of a flexor strain. Martinez said Thursday that Elías was recently shut down again after a setback when throwing. He will not return this season.

So, Romero is in. The Nationals will try to get Doolittle right. They are probably also on the hunt for more left-handed help.

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Mets’ Jeff McNeil robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of an extra-base hit with leaping catch at outfield wall

Mets’ Jeff McNeil robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of an extra-base hit with leaping catch at outfield wall

The Nationals appeared poised to put together a big inning Thursday when they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first against the New York Mets. They scored one run on a fielder’s choice, bringing up first baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera to push the score further.

Cabrera hit a deep flyball to left field, sending Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil sprinting toward the wall. He jumped and made a highlight-reel catch to end the inning and prevent the Nationals from inflicting further damage.

McNeil, a utility player who also handles multiple infield positions, hit the wall hard and appeared to injure his leg on the play. He was unable to walk off the field and a cart was summoned to help bring him to the trainer’s room.

Losing McNeil would a significant blow for the Mets. Their regular No. 3 hitter, McNeil entered Thursday hitting .293 on the season. If he is sidelined, it would further stretch New York’s depth around the diamond following Yoenis Céspedes’ decision to opt out and injuries to Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario.

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