American football quarterback Taylor Heinicke plays for the National Football League’s Washington Commanders. He participated in Old Dominion’s collegiate football program before signing a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015.
Heinicke has also played for the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL, the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans, and the Carolina Panthers.
With Washington in 2020, he replaced an injured Alex Smith in a Wild Card playoff game, and after Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered an injury, he started much of the 2021 season.
Heinicke signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings after not being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. He competed against Mike Kafka and Shaun Hill for the position of backup quarterback to Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings’ starting quarterback.
Heinicke was promoted to the position of a backup quarterback as a result of Kafka’s injury and subsequent placing on injured reserve.
How Much Does Taylor Heinicke Make?
Heinicke signed the Washington Football Team’s practice squad on December 8, 2020. He was finishing up his engineering degree at Old Dominion when he joined them. On December 19, he was added to their active roster.
Heinicke’s cap hit for 2021 was $1,593,750, and for 2022 it will be $2,750,000, according to Spotrac. Incentives worth up to $4 million are also part of his contract.