In the midst of the 2023 football season, Atlanta Falcons' latest acquisition, Taylor Heinicke, has found himself in the spotlight. As this former Washington Commanders luminary gears up for his next NFL challenge, a dive into his past performances and earnings becomes imperative.
Hailing from Old Dominion University, Heinicke’s journey to the NFL began in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Over the years, his football prowess took him through various teams including the Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, and New England Patriots.
His football journey even expanded beyond the NFL, with a brief stint at the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks. Diving into his earnings, Heinicke’s recent signing with the Falcons boasts a contract valued at $14 million for two years.
With a $4 million signing bonus and an overall guarantee of $6.32 million, the incentives could potentially elevate the contract's worth to $20 million. Breaking it down, Heinicke stands to receive a roster bonus of $1 million this year and a signing bonus of $1.32 million the next.
Spotrac sheds light on Heinicke's financial journey in the NFL, indicating a cumulative earning of $15,236,951 thus far. Factoring in his latest deal, this figure could leap to a staggering $22,236,951 by the end of his Falcons tenure.
Heinicke's Contract Evolution
Taking a step back in time, Heinicke's maiden professional contract emerged in 2015 with the Vikings, valued at $1.58 million for three years. Fast forward to 2021, before his leap to the Falcons, Heinicke sealed a $4.75 million two-year agreement with the Washington Football Team, padded with a $1 million signing bonus and $1.5 million in guarantees.
On the playing field, as the Falcons gear up for their Week 9 clash against the Vikings, all eyes are on Heinicke, following coach Arthur Smith's announcement that he will be the starting quarterback. With Desmond Ridder grappling with turnovers this season, it remains to be seen if Heinicke can solidify his position in the coming weeks.
Smith, keeping cards close to his chest, said, "Right now we're focused on Minnesota." A peek into Heinicke's statistics shows 34 games (with 25 starts), 542 completions out of 851 attempts, amassing 5,920 passing yards, coupled with 35 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. This seasoned player, with his track record, surely promises an intriguing season ahead.