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Chicago Salaries

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The Sporting Life

Only five of the ten highest-paid Chicago athletes were among the top ten just two years ago. (Number 10 then, Derrek Lee, made $8.667 million.)

TEN HIGHEST-PAID CHICAGO ATHLETES

1. CARLOS ZAMBRANO
Cubs pitcher

$15 million

2. MARK BUEHRLE
White Sox pitcher

$14 million

ARAMIS RAMÍREZ
Cubs third baseman

$14 million

JIM THOME
White Sox designated hitter

$14 million

5. DERREK LEE
Cubs first baseman  

$13 million

ALFONSO SORIANO
Cubs outfielder 

$13 million

7. PAUL KONERKO
White Sox first baseman

$12 million

KOSUKE FUKUDOME
Cubs outfielder 
(based on reports of a four-year, $48-million contract)

$12 million

9. JAVIER VÁZQUEZ
White Sox pitcher

$11.5 million

10. KIRK HINRICH
Bulls guard

$11 million

   
PIGSKIN PAY

RYAN LEONARD
Special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach, Chicago Rush 

$33,500

REX GROSSMAN
Bears quarterback

$629,290

OLIN KREUTZ
Bears center 
Highest-paid Bear

$9.004 million

CEDRIC BENSON
Bears running back 

$7.45 million
   
BASKETBALL BUCKS

BENNY THE BULL
Mascot, Chicago Bulls
Actual amount known only to Benny and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Top NBA mascots make more than $200,000.
(Source: an NBA executive)

 

BEN GORDON
Bulls guard

$4.88 million

BILL CARMODY
Head basketball coach, Northwestern University
(for 9/05 to 8/06)

$642,279

CHRIS DUHON
Bulls guard

$3.25 million
 
HOCKEY CHECKS

NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN
Blackhawks goalie  
Highest-paid Blackhawk

$6.75 million

ROBERT LANG
Blackhawks center  

$4 million

Zamboni operator, United Center

$33.16/hr.
   
FIRE POWER

CUAUHTÉMOC BLANCO
Fire forward
Highest-paid Fire player

$2.67 million

WILMAN CONDE
Fire defender
Second-highest-paid Fire player

$151,500

JUSTIN MAPP
Fire midfielder

$136,000

BAKARY SOUMARE
Fire midfielder

$78,000
   
NON-PROFESSIONAL SPORTS PROFESSIONALS

JEFF WINKOWSKI
Personal trainer, Follow Through Personal Training 

$20,000

NICOLE JEANETTE KNIGHT
Administrative assistant, Highland Park Country Club

$19,200

STEPHEN COLE
President/CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
(for 1/05 to 12/05)

$328,846

 

The Price of Success

There's no set rate for a save or a tackle. But a bit of comparing shows some players are bargains. Devin Hester, call your agent.

SALARY

 

SALARY
$450,000

Bobby Jenks
2007 White Sox closer

Saves: 40

PAY PER
SAVE

Ryan Dempster
2007 Cubs closer

Saves: 28

$5.33
million
$11,250
$190,476
$4 million

Brian Urlacher
2007 Bears middle linebacker

Tackles (including assists): 123

PAY PER TACKLE

Lance Briggs
2007 Bears outside linebacker

Tackles (including assists): 103

$722,480
$32,520
$7,014
$530,000

Devin Hester
2007 Bears kick returner

Return yards: 1,585

PAY PER
YARD

2007 Bears running backs
(Cedric Benson, Adrian Peterson)

Rushing yards: 1,184*

$9.09
million
$334
$7,681
$6 million

Martin Havlat
2006-07 Blackhawks right wing

Points: 57

PAY PER
POINT

Tuomo Ruutu
2006-07 Blackhawks left wing

Points: 38

$1.5 million
$105,263
$39,474
$16 million

Ben Wallace
2006-07 Bulls center

Rebounds: 821

PAY PER
REBOUND

Luol Deng
2006-07 Bulls forward

Rebounds: 579

$2.61
million

$19,488

$4,515


Sources: (Jenks) Chicago Sun-Times, (Dempster, Deng) Chicago Tribune, (Wallace) Associated Press, (Bears players) FoxSports.com *Figures are combined

 

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