Former NFL player Chris Smith has died. He passed away at the age of 31. The heartbreaking news of the football player’s demise was announced by his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
“Rest in Peace Chris. Condolences to all his family, friends and loved ones. We will miss you,” he wrote on his Twitter page. The cause behind the demise of Chris is unknown at the moment. Let’s delve into the athlete’s fortune following his death.
Chris Smith’s net worth in 2023 revealed
According to various media outlets, the estimated net worth of the former NFL player Chris Smith was somewhat between $6 million to $8 million. At the time of his passing, he was 31 years old.
In the last couple of years, the net worth of Chris Smith had witnessed a big jump. During his time in the NFL, he managed to accomplish a lot. His net worth is the outcome of his successful NFL career.
All you need to know about Chris Smith’s NFL career
Born in Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S., Smith attended West Rowan High School in Mount Ulla, North Carolina. He was first drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Spotrac, during his first contract with the Jaguars which ran from 2014 to 2016, Chris racked in nearly $2.4 million. Soon after, in 2017, the Cincinnati Bengals picked him. Around that time, he got a big upgrade.
When we talk about his second deal, he bagged a staggering $12 million in his kitty over 3 years with $4.5 million guaranteed. In the year 2020, he signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers and earned up to $1.495 million for the year.
Right before the end of the year, Smith got another deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. Through his contract with the Raiders which lasted till the end of the season, he made $910,000. In 2021, he got another great offer on the table and he signed a one-year contract with Baltimore Ravens. The contract was worth $252,000.
During the same year, Chris was able to snag a contract with the Houston Texans. This one was worth $42,000. Both the contracts signed in the year 2021 were practice squad contracts. He became a free agent last year. Throughout the course of his NFL career, he managed to get a cameo in at least 72 games. In the years 2017 and 2018, he played in each game of the season.
A little bit about Chris Smith’s personal life
Chris Smith’s girlfriend and baby mama Petara Cordero had a tragic fate. She lost her life in a car accident in the year 2019. At that time, Smith was driving a Lamborghini with his girlfriend Petara Cordero, in the passenger seat.
The car crashed into the median due to a tire malfunction. Petara was able to get out of the car from the passenger side, however, she was hit by an erratic driver who crashed into the passenger side of the stalled car.
Soon after, Cordero was rushed to Fairview Hospital where she was pronounced dead. At that point in time, the driver responsible for the death of Smith’s girlfriend admitted that he had a few drinks before the incident.
At that time, the Cleveland Browns issued a statement that read, “Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara. Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family, and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time.”
What made the whole thing more tragic back then, was that the pair just welcomed their daughter a month before the incident. And now, their baby girl has lost both of her parents.
Chris Smith and his girlfriend Petara Cordero welcomed a baby girl in 2019
In August 2019, Smith announced the arrival of his little bundle of joy on the social media platform Instagram. He posted a series of pictures of his girlfriend Petara Cordero and the pair’s daughter on his Instagram feed.
“I’m so thankful to have another beautiful gift in this world my daughter Haven Harris Smith. You are such a blessing to me and your mother!! Love you Petara and Baby Haven❤️❤️❤️,” he wrote in the caption of the post.
In the first snap, Cordero can be seen holding her baby girl Haven while sitting in a wheelchair. The next picture showed the pair’s daughter all wrapped up in a white blanket with a white bow-tie headband.
On the other hand, Petara also shared an Instagram post of her own. “This little girl has filled my heart with so much joy and love !!I’m so thankful that God chose me to be her mommy!! So excited for this life journey with you!!! Haven Harris Smith. 🥰💕🙏🏽,” she wrote alongside a carousel of pictures of her baby girl Haven on Instagram.
Just a couple of days before her tragic death, the new mama took to her Instagram page and shared a photo of Chris placing a kiss on her forehead. She simply captioned the snap, “This a forever thing, I love you through everything.”
On the occasion of her 26th birthday, Cordero used her Instagram page to tell her followers how she prayed for true happiness and unconditional love. She thanked god for giving her the life she prayed for.
She wrote, “Always prayed to God for true happiness and unconditional love and here I am on my 26th birthday with a man that loves me a great deal, family and friends that mean the world to me all while waiting on my beautiful daughter Haven to arrive. Thank you God, you’re showing out.”