James Ferentz Biography

December 2, 2019
First published on:December 2, 2019
by John Max

Facts of James Ferentz

Birth Name James Ferentz
Birth Place Iowa City, Iowa
Famous Name James Ferentz
Birth Date June 5, 1989
Horoscope Gemini
Father Kirk Ferentz
Mother Mary Ferentz
Net Worth $1 million
Salary $720,000
Past Team Denver Broncos and Houston Texans
Siblings Brian, Kelly, Joanne, and Steven
Position in Team Center
Current team New England Patriots
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Profession NFL Player
Currently Married Yes
Married to Skylar Ferentz (m. 2014)
Children 2

James Ferentz is an American football center who is currently signed to the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft, he was picked by the Houston Texans in 2014. The following season, he spent at Denver Broncos.

Born on June 5, 1989, James Ferentz was named second-team All-Big Ten during his college stint at the University of Iowa. He finished his high school football career playing at Iowa City High School, where he also wrestled, earning second place high school tournament his senior year.

The thirty years old is married and has two sons with his wife, Skylar Ferentz.

Net Worth: $1 million

Recently, Ferentz inked a one year, $720,000 contract with the New England Patriots, which includes an average annual salary of $720,000. As per the deal, No. 66 Center will earn a base salary of $720,000, while carrying a cap hit of $720,000 in 2019 seasons.

Ferentz is ranked 34th on the Patriots active roster with a $730K cap hit while Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, and Rob Gronkowski are ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for 2019.

Besides Patriots, he has played for several other NFL teams. His Salary Details are given below:

Year Team Earnings
2014 Houston Texans $107,100
2015 Denver Broncos $435,000
2016 Denver Broncos $525,000
2017 New England Patriots $122,400
2018 New England Patriots $394,331 
2019 New England Patriots $730,000

Six seasons in the NFL has helped James Ferentz to earn  $2,313,831 as his career earnings. 

As of 2019, his net worth is approximately $1 million. Currently, he resides in a starter home on Iowa City's west side with his wife and children. 

Love Life with Skylar Lesan

Ferentz is married to Skylar Lesan. The couple met at a birthday party back in their early teens. Being together through high school, college, and life-after-classes, the pair have become both strong individuals and a good couple as well. 

Skylar is a member of the UIU volleyball team who was born to Bob and Janel Lesan and has a brother Matt Lesan.

James Ferentz and Skylar Ferentz wedding SOURCE: Emily Crall Blog - Emily Crall Photography

In 2013 April, James asked her to be his wife. The following year in summer, the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony at James’ parents’ home. 

In July 2016, the couple announced they are expecting their first kid. On 28th October, they had their first baby, Forest Oliver Ferentz.

The Ferentz Family SOURCE: The Ferentz Family

On 23rd January, his spouse gave birth to their second child, Lincoln Lee, who weighed 10lb 12oz and 21.75in at the time of delivery. The family of four is living a blissful life. 


Iowa City native, James Ferentz, was born to Mary Ferentz and Kirk Ferentz, head football coach at the University of Iowa since the 1999 season. 

Ferentz hugs his father head coach Kirk Ferentz during SOURCE: Getty Images

On the other hand, his elder brother, Brian, who spent four seasons with the Patriots as a scouting assistant, offensive coaching assistant, offensive assistant coach, and tight ends coach, returned to Iowa as an O-line coach in 2013. His younger brother, Steve, meanwhile, was a walk-on member of the Hawkeyes football team from 2012 through 2016.

However, his sisters are not into the sport; Kelly has JD and MHA degrees earned through Iowa in 2010–11, and Joanne, who has a bachelor's degree from Iowa in 2010. 

NFL Transactions

On May 16, 2014, the Houston Texans signed Ferentz as the 2014 NFL undrafted free agent. However, he was placed on waived by the team on August 30, 2014, and was re-signed by the team to the practice squad the following day. The next year on 5th September, he was waived by the Texans.

On September 6, 2015, he joined the Denver Broncos after the team claimed off waivers. He played two seasons for the club before being released on May 10, 2017. 

In 2018, Ferentz won his second Super Bowl and first one in 2015

On May 18, 2017, he signed with the New England Patriots; however, he was waived on September 2, 2017, resigning to the practice squad the next day. On February 6, 2018, he signed a reserve/future contract with the team. During final roster cuts, he was released. He was re-signed on September 6, 2019, with the release of Russell Bodine.

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