Hayden Hurst Career Earnings: Net Worth & Contract

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Hayden Hurst has career earnings of over $40 million. The Panthers tight end reportedly has a net worth of $5 million and has used his platform to raise awareness about mental health.

The 30-year-old had begun his athletic career dreaming of becoming a baseball sensation. But destiny had something else written for him. Hurst became a star in South Carolina’s football team, eventually leading him to the NFL.

The Panthers Tight End Seen Practicing Before The Start Of The 2023 Season At Wofford College
The Panthers Tight End Seen Practicing Before The Start Of The 2023 Season At Wofford College (Source: Instagram)

In his six-year-long career, Hurst has played for four NFL teams, and his biggest contract came earlier this year as the Panthers added him to their roster.

He has played nine games this season, notching 18 catches for 184 yards and completed one touchdown. Recently, the news broke out that the tight end had been diagnosed with post-traumatic amnesia.

Hurst’s father, Jerry, shared the news on X (formerly Twitter). An independent neurologist diagnosed Hurst after he sustained a concussion during the game against the Chicago Bears. 

Hayden Hurst Career Earnings

The Carolina Panthers tight end Hayden Hurst began his NFL journey in 2018. Since then, he has racked up contracts reaching eight figures. 

A former baseball player, Hayden Hurst, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for two years. He even earned a $400,000 contract from the MLB organization, but Hurst realized baseball wasn’t the right sport for him.

Before joining the University of South Carolina team, Hurst had played football only in his junior year at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. Standing at 6’5 and 250 pounds, Hurst’s football career took off at South Carolina.

In 2018, he was selected in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. He signed a four-year deal amounting to $11 million. The contract included a $6 million signing bonus, $8.5 million guaranteed money, and an average annual salary of $2.7 million. 

Hayden Hurst Pictured Celebrating During His Time With The Cincinnati Bengals
Hayden Hurst Pictured Celebrating During His Time With The Cincinnati Bengals (Source: Instagram)

But after two seasons, Hayden felt he could contribute more to another team. The Ravens traded Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons pre-draft for one of their two second-round picks. 

His contract at Falcons was a $1.483M cap hit for 2020, a rookie contract through 2021, and a possible fifth-year option for 2022. But things didn’t go well at the Falcons, and they didn’t exercise Hurst’s fifth-year option on Hurst’s contract and made him a free agent.

In 2022, Hurst signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The deal with the Bengals was $3.5 million for one year, including a $2 million as a signing bonus and $2 million guaranteed. 

At Bengals, Hurst notched 52 catches for 414 yards and two touchdowns. Though not impressive, Hurst showed he could steady the ship. And that was enough for the Panthers. 

He signed a three-year contract worth $21.75 million with David Tepper’s side. The deal guaranteed him $13 million and a signing bonus of $6.1 million.

Hayden Hurst Net Worth 

The footballer Hayden Hurst has a net worth of $5 million. He has racked up his fortune by playing the most beloved sports of the Americans and through his sponsorship deals.

On his Instagram, Hurst has previously promoted the health/beauty brand Beard Guyz. The company couldn’t have found a better guy to promote their product as the tight end has beautiful hair and beard to show. 

He has also previously collaborated with the non-profit organization The Dairy Alliance and showed he uses their products for his long protein shakes. 

The NFL Tight End Hayden Hurst Pictured Discussing About Mental Health As A Guest Speaker Of Summit Counseling Atlanta
The NFL Tight End Hayden Hurst Pictured Discussing Mental Health As A Guest Speaker Of Summit Counseling Atlanta (Source: Instagram)

Hayden is also one of the athletes who has used his massive platform to spread awareness about mental health. He was previously seen promoting the WhiteFlag App, a safe space for mental health support. 

The NFL player also runs The Hayden Hurst Family Foundation, which helps the youth, military, and others in need regarding their health, education, and well-being.

Recently, Hurst collaborated with USAA with his organization to honor military veterans and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. 

Sriyukta Pradhananga
Sriyukta Pradhananga

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