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    C.J. Stroud’s Net Worth, Salary, and Career: How Much Money Has the Houston Texans QB Made?

    How much has Houston Texans QB C.J. Stroud made so far? We dive into his net worth, salary, and career earnings.

    In 2023, Houston Texans‘ quarterback C.J. Stroud took the NFL by storm, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

    As a result, there are high expectations for him to continue performing as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. With quarterbacks being paid better than ever, what is Stroud making?

    What Is C.J. Stroud’s Salary?

    Taken second overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, Stroud signed a rookie contract with the Texans worth $36,279,243 over four years, an annual salary of just over $9 million. The deal was fully guaranteed and also included a $23,384,904 signing bonus. In 2024, Stroud will earn a base salary of $915,000 and a roster bonus of just over $1.4 million.

    His cap hit in 2023 was $6.59 million and will increase to $8.24 million, $9.89 million, and $11.54 million in 2024, 2025, and 2026, respectively. If he were to get released, he’d carry dead cap hits of $29.68 million, $21.43 million, and $11.54 million.

    In addition to his deal, the Texans will have a fifth-year option on Stroud’s deal they can exercise down the line to add one year onto his deal. The value on that option, which will be fully guaranteed, will not be known until it’s able to be exercised.

    Thanks to being on a rookie deal, Stroud is the 26th-highest paid quarterback in the NFL in average per year. In terms of total contract value, he sits at 23rd, and will likely drop even lower when some new contracts get signed (Jordan Love, Tua Tagovailoa).

    MORE: Who Are the NFL’s Highest-Paid Quarterbacks in 2024?

    To put Stroud’s rookie contract into perspective, Sam Bradford signed the largest rookie contract ever in 2010 when he inked a six-year deal worth $78 million, with $50 million guaranteed. However, rules have since been changed capping rookie contracts at four years with a fifth-year option, also making a salary floor and ceiling for each deal.

    Additionally, rookie contracts can not be reworked. “A rookie contract for a drafted rookie may not be renegotiated, amended or altered in any way until after the final regular season game of the player’s third contract year,” stated Article 7 of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    What Is Stroud’s Net Worth and Career Earnings?

    Heading into the second year of his deal, Stroud has earned just over $24.1 million in career earnings. That includes his signing bonus and $750,000 base salary in 2023. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Stroud’s Net Worth sits at $12 million.

    He has also earned money through sponsorships, but the exact value of those is unknown. Some of the companies he’s partnered with include Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), Express, Value City Furniture, Kane Footwear, Dr. Teal’s, and eFuse.

    KEEP READING: Ranking the NFL’s Best QBs: Where Does C.J. Stroud Rank?

    On3 did, however, list Stroud’s name image and likeness (NIL) value as $2.9 million during his final season of college. It doesn’t guarantee he made that amount, but does point to the fact he could have, and likely did, make a lot of money before joining the NFL ranks.

    According to Stroud, the first purchase he made with his rookie contract was getting his mom, sister, and brother all cars. “I’m more of a giver,” said Stroud after being asked the question. “So that was pretty cool and just to see them with their new rides having a good time with those. So that’s more of the pleasure that I got.”

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