For Pete's Sake

Peyton Manning earned $249 million in his career

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to retire on Monday.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to retire on Monday. The Associated Press

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to announce his retirement on Monday, and he will have won his final game.

That game also happened to be Super Bowl 50.

Manning won five MVP awards and a pair of Super Bowl titles, and he was paid handsomely for it.

According to Spotrac.com, Manning earned $249 million playing in the NFL*. That doesn’t include his many endorsement deals.

*Well, it’s $248,732,000 to be exact

Manning earned $77 million in his four seasons in Denver, according to Spotrac. That includes $4 million in incentives in 2015 and $10 million in a restructure bonus in 2013.

His highest single-year salary came in 2004 with the Colts. According to the website, Manning was paid a salary of $535,000. However, he received a signing bonus of $34.5 million. So that was a total of $35,535,000 for the season.

It came after he signed a seven-year, $99.2 million contract.

“I’m happy to be a Colt for life,” Manning said in March of 2004 when the deal was announced.

Well, things didn’t turn out that way, right?

Forbes reported that Manning made $12 in endorsement deals last year alone, and that he had deals with Nationwide, Nike, DirecTV, Gatorade and, of course, Papa John’s.

Spotrac reported that the new No. 1 active player in terms of career earnings is Giants quarterback Eli Manning at $187,770,00 (a scant $61 million behind his big brother).

Tom Brady is No. 3 ($162,779,500), while the top Chiefs player is Alex Smith at No. 28 ($78,975,000).

Hat tip to Business Insider.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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