Peyton Manning is highest paid player in NFL: report

LOS ANGELES Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:34pm EDT

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks for a receiver during their NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/M.J. Masotti Jr.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks for a receiver during their NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee, December 9, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will end this year as the National Football League's (NFL) highest-paid player, according to a Forbes report released Wednesday.

Manning, a four-times most valuable player in the NFL who agreed to a five-year $90-million contract with the Colts last month, is expected to earn $23 million in total compensation for 2011.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is second on the list with expected earnings of $18.4 million and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is third at $18 million.

In assessing payrolls based on figures from, and other published reports, Forbes said teams had especially poured money into quarterbacks and the defensive line.

Bradford, last year's first overall draft pick, was one of several young quarterbacks who benefited from lucrative deals signed before the recent lockout which resulted in a rookie wage scale as part of a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league and its players finally ended their bitter row over how to carve up their financial empire last month after a four-and-a-half-month lockout.

The five highest-paid NFL players for 2011:

1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, quarterback, $23 million

2. Sam Bradford, St. Louis, quarterback, $18.4 million

3. Tom Brady, New England, quarterback, $18 million

4. Michael Vick, Philadelphia, quarterback, $15.9 million

5. Richard Seymour, Oakland, defensive lineman, $15 million


(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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Mike_Lynn wrote:
This is why I don’t like American football anymore. Yes, it’s American to ‘go for the gold’, but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth that salaries of players have no reality to a life-time salary for say, an upper middle class,, male executive over his working life. Even when you factor in ‘physical depreciation of the asset’ (Manning’s body being savaged during his career by defensive backs) it is an astronomical salary.

As a potential football consumer, I don’t see this as a value purchase when I go out to the stadium and help support a salary like this. I simply wouldn’t get enough of a thrill to warrant supporting a team that pays out salaries of this magnitude.

My perspective is always: How much do you need to really be happy. Manning and the rest are going to be too happy for words!

Aug 18, 2011 1:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
eanmdphd wrote:
It may be that part of the problem with the USA economy is that over the past decade huge salaries have concentrated a large amount of dollars in the hands of high salaried people who cannot possibly spend that money as quick as they get it … hence money is taken out of circulation (sitting on the sidelines and not doing what money is meant to do, ie, circulate). And if the money is spent, it is spent on high end items that just keeps the money in a rarefied space, ie, not returning the working / middle classes that actually provide the bulk of the salaries.

Manning is a good fellow from what I have read — perhaps he will understand that the money is paid not just for football performance but also with the understanding that he will put it too good use (which means spend some of it on fans, kids, health care for others).

Aug 18, 2011 3:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
half-waked wrote:
Real men spend time with their families and get involved in politics. Real men don’t need to watch other men in tight clothes wrestling over a ball. This is one reason why the western world is falling.

Aug 18, 2011 5:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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