After the Washington Commanders kicker missed a field goal, he asked fans to donate funds in order to compensate him for his misfortune. When they did not meet the $10K goal, team owner Dan Snyder stepped up and paid it himself. Shark Tank host Mark Cuban helped get the ball rolling with a donation of $1K on behalf of one lucky fan who donated enough money before that point.
Scott Fitterman is a “Shark Tank” host and investor who has helped out a kicker get paid by the Washington Commanders.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Washington Commanders have signed kicker Joey Slye to a one-year, $2.4 million contract that may be worth up to $5 million over two years. A new contract for a good kicker on a mediocre club isn’t usually a source of excitement. However, when one of the stars of the TV program Shark Tank (not Mark Cuban) is involved, it becomes newsworthy.
Joey Slye had a fantastic season with the Washington Commanders in 2021.
Joey Slye has been re-signed!!
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) April 11, 2022
Kicker Joey Slye had an unusual journey to the NFL, but he is now a well-paid kicker. Slye grew raised in Virginia and attended Virginia Tech for collegiate football. His following two seasons didn’t go as smoothly as his first two, when he was a Lou Garza Award semifinalist.
Slye, who was born in Albuquerque, earned a chance with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2019. It didn’t work out in New Jersey, but he found success with the Carolina Panthers, where he spent two seasons as the starting quarterback.
With the Panthers in 2019 and 2020, he was 58-of-64 on field goals (79.4%) and 64-of-71 on extra points (90.1 percent ). Those figures weren’t enough to keep him on the job.
Slye’s season after that was much more turbulent. He was hired by the Houston Texans to step in for Ka’imi Fairbairn, but he was fired after three games when the team’s starter returned. Slye then went on to play three games with the San Francisco 49ers, filling in for an ailing Robbie Gould.
Slye was named the starter for the Washington Commanders after achieving a FG percentage of more over 80% in both of his 2021 stops. Slye went 12-of-12 on field goals and 9-of-10 on extra points in the last six games of the season.
The Commanders wanted to retain Slye around until 2022 because of his success, and a Shark assisted him in doing so.
Daymond John of ‘Shark Tank’ runs Shark Sports Management.
The #Commanders and K Joey Slye agreed to terms on a 2-year deal worth up to nearly $5M with $2M in guarantees, source said. One of the top kickers, Slye made 92% of his kicks last year & excelled on kickoffs. Now locked in on a deal done by Glenn Schwartzman of @ManagementShark.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2022
Daymond John is a fantastic example of a self-made millionaire. In the 1990s, he founded the apparel label FUBU and began his road to become a billionaire entrepreneur.
He’s stood on stage alongside Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for the last decade on the entrepreneurial investment reality TV program Shark Tank, where he’s parlayed his accomplishments and appealing personality into a position on the show.
John currently owns an athlete representation organization called Shark Sports as part of his diverse business portfolio. Serval high-profile NFL and NBA talents, like Baker Mayfield, Jared Crowder, Michael Gallup, and currently Joey Slye, are represented by John’s firm. Shark Sports agent Glenn Schwartzman, according to NFL source Ian Rapoport’s story on Slye’s new contract, made the transaction happen.
While $2.4 million is a good deal for a journeyman like Slye, he (and Schwartzman) still have a long way to go before the former Hokie becomes one of the NFL’s highest-paid kickers.
Slye still has a long way to go to become the NFL’s highest-paid kicker.
Getty Images/Joey Slye | John Byrum/Icon Sportswire
Joey Slye’s new deal with the Washington Commanders will put him in a tie with Minnesota’s Greg Joseph and the New York Jets’ Eddy Pineiro for the 22nd-highest-paid NFL kicker in 2022.
That cap hit is just less than half of what Justin Turner, the NFL’s highest-paid player, earns. In 2022, the Baltimore kicker will be worth $5.9 million. The remaining top five highest-paid leg boomers are as follows:
- $5.57 million for Will Lutz (NO).
- $5.5 million for Robbie Gould (SF).
- $5.08 million for Jake Elliott (PHI).
- $5.0 million for Jason Meyers (SEA).
Slye may not be earning that type of money right now, but if he continues to grow year after year and continues to work with Sharks like Daymond John and Glenn Schwartzman, who knows what he may earn in the future?
Pro Football Reference provided all numbers, while Spotrac provided contract statistics.
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