Daron Payne: Contract, Wife & Net Worth

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On Sunday night, the brawl between Daron Payne and his fellow teammate, Jonathan Allen, captured the attention of spectators. So, what exactly happened then?

For those unknown, Payne serves as a defensive tackle for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). 

He is a valuable defensive player on the Washington Football Team. An American football celebrity, Payne is one of the most decorated football stars of the Washington Football Team.

Payne’s noteworthy performances have helped him gain a significant income and several awards. 

Daron Payne
Daron Payne (Source: Tuscaloosa News)

According to NFL pundits, Daron Payne is considered a highly touted NFL prospect. 

This article will further cover significant details about the six-footer celebrity—those ranging from his early life to his net worth.

Let’s look at some of the quick facts about Daron Payne. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Daron Payne
Known as Daron Payne
Birth Date May 27, 1997
Birth Place Birmingham, Alabama
High School Shades Valley (Irondale, Alabama)
College University of Alabama
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Age 27 years old
Father  Ron Payne 
Mother  Kemberly Smith 
Height 6’3″ (1.91 m)
Weight 320 lb (145 kg)
Body type Athletic
Profession Footballer
Team  Washington Football Team 
NFL Draft 2018 (Round 1)
Active years 2018-present 
Marital Status Not Married 
Spouse N/A
Children N/A
Net Worth $7 million
Social Media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Merch Football Card, Autographed Washington Jersey
Last Update July, 2024

Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen had a “brotherly disagreement” on Sunday Night. 

Things are going from bad to worse for Washington Football Tema as they have lost three games in a row. And the mini-brawl between two of their star players is another fuss for them to answer.  

The uneventful collision occurred during Washington Football Team’s Sunday night match against Dallas Cowboys, which ended in a 56-14 loss.

The brawl started after Allen swung his fist at his former Alabama teammate, Daron Payne. This was quickly followed by a conflict between the two. 

Likewise, tensions began on the team after Payne and Allen broke into a fight. The two defensive tackles had to be separated from their sideline fight.

Numerous Washington players and even line coach Sam Mills Jr. interfered to separate them. Team members engaged in calming both the players, especially Payne. Later, both players were on the field alongside one another. 

Following that, Ron Rivera, Washington coach, stated the mini-brawl could be considered frustrations boiling over after a particularly poor defensive series for the Washington team. 

“The wrong place, wrong time, but it happened.” 

According to TV footage, Payne was seen getting into Allen’s face. Allen loses his cool after a long resistance when Payne pokes him in the head.

Allen, then, lost his cool and swung at Payne’s head before being separated by other members of the defensive line and the coach sitting nearby.  

Looking back, Payne and Allen were teammates at Alabama, which means they have a history beyond their years in Washington. 

NFL pundits and analysts say that what was seen in the footage cannot be considered an exact reason for the brawl.

Allen recently spoke, saying that it was just a little brotherly disagreement. And also mentioned that it happened in the wrong place and wrong time. 

Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne along with their teammates at Washington Team
Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, along with their teammates at Washington Team
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

He further cleared it up that everything is good between them. But denied prompting the exact reason for the argument.  

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Daron Payne: Early Life

On May 27, 1997, Daron Payne was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Payne attended his high school in Birmingham, Alabama, Shades Valley High School.

The young player who started playing football for the Mounties was rated a five-star recruit after his graduation. He then played football for the University of Alabama. 

There he won the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and was also named the most valuable defensive player.

Soon, he was drafted by the Washington Football Team in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. 

College Life

As the University of Alabama’s freshman in 2015, Payne made 13 tackles and half a sack. Payne finished his freshman season at Alabama on the freshman All-American team. 

Against Clemson, in the National Championship Game, Daron recorded five tackles and a half-sack. 

In 2017, during his junior year, Payne’s noteworthy performances earned him the defensive MVP of both postseason games that his University played. The same year, Payne was named to the All-SEC first team. 

After his junior year, the young player declared that he wanted to enter the 2018 NFL draft.

Daron Payne: Professional Career

Daron Payne is a defensive tackle who has had a short but illustrious professional career. He rose to widespread fame after playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

When Payne was playing for Alabama, his was commonly misspelled as Da’Ron. He later changed his name to Daron once he went professional. 

In the 2018 NFL draft, the 6’3″ giant was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round. He was the 13th overall pick. 

In 2018, Payne signed a four-year contract with the Washington team. The agreement was worth $14.4 million, which featured a signing bonus of $8.56 million. 

Daron Payne during his rookie season
Daron Payne during his rookie season
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreover, Payne recorded his first professional career sack in the third week against Green Bay Packers.

Payne had finished his rookie season with five sacks and 56 tackles. His scintillating performance helped him gain the 2018 PFWA All-Rookie Team title.

Rise to Prominence 

In the 14th week of the 2020 season, Payne forced a fumble on quarterback Nick Mullens in the game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was then recovered and returned for a touchdown by Chase Young. 

In the game against Seattle Seahawks, in week 15 of the 2020 season, Daron Payne recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Russell Wilson.

In the 2020 NFL season, Payne finished playing 880 snaps and recording 54 tackles, three sacks, and three forced fumbles. The defensive tackle also recorded two sacks against Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. 

Daron Payne and James-Smith's tackle
Daron Payne and James-Smith’s tackle
(Courtesy: NFL)

On August 1, 2021, Payne was added to the COVID-19 reserve list and was reactivated only on August 5.

Payne and his defensive end, James Smith-Williams, sealed the win over Carolina Panthers (Week 11) after they sacked quarterback Cam Newton on fourth down with less than a minute and a half left in the game. 

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Is Daron Payne married? 

Apart from his professional career, many Washington fans have been dying to know about Daron’s personal life, particularly his love life. 

Sadly, the NFL prospect has been quiet about his dating life and has not said much in the media. Hence, he is not married and does not have a wife. 

However, there are many speculations and rumors of him having a girlfriend. But nothing has been proven to this date. 

Daron Payne: Net Worth

The American celebrity footballer is also one of the richest football players in the United States.

According to reports, Payne has a net worth of $7 million.

Likewise, Daron’s income comes from being a football player for the Washington Football team.

However, not much is known about the annual income generated outside of his career as a footballer. 


The Washington Football team exercised the fifth-year option on Payne’s contract just like they did with his university mate Allen. 

It guaranteed Payne a salary of $8.529 million for the 2022 season. 

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Daron Payne: Awards & Achievements

The below mentioned are Daron Payne’s career highlights, awards, and achievements.

  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018)
  • 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship co-MVP (2018)
  • 2018 Sugar Bowl co-MVP (2018)
  • First-team All-SEC Team (2017)
  • Freshman All-American (2015)

Social Media Presence 

Instagram: 96.8k Followers 

Twitter: 18.2k Followers 

Facebook: 3k Followers 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which was Daron Payne’s best season in the NFL?

The 2020 NFL season was a breakthrough season for Daron Payne when he recorded 54 tackles and three sacks. The 2020 season helped Payne get his fifth-year contract extension in April 2021. 

What is Daron Payne’s jersey number?

Payne’s jersey number on the Washington Football Team is 94

Payne wore the jersey with the number 95 on it in his rookie season with the Washington team. But later reverted to number 94 in his second season. 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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