Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 8:50 pm
Sports Illustrated has published its list of the highest paid athletes in sports. Peyton Manning leads all NFL players with a salary of 15.8 million and endorsements of $15 million, totaling – can you guess? -- $30.8 million. Manning ranks ninth amongst all athletes.
In a sign that the NFL rookie salary system has truly spiraled out of control, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranks second in the NFL in total earnings. Stafford is hauling in just $750,000 in endorsements, but his rookie contract is paying him $26.9 million.
Third is Eli Manning, with $19.5 million salary (part of the contract extension he signed last August) and $7 million endorsements. Manning ranks 13th amongst all athletes, which is 30 spots higher than he ranked a year ago.
Our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2010 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (the upcoming 2010 season for the NFL).
Here’s the rest of the NFL’s top 10 (most of these players recently signed long-term contracts with rich bonuses).
4. Philip Rivers, $25.6 million salary, $250,000 endorsements, $25.85 million total
5. Terrell Suggs, $24.9 million, $75,000, $24.975 million total
6. Albert Haynesworth, $24.6 million salary, $150,000, $24.75 million total
7. Brett Favre, $17 million, $7 million, $24 million total
8. Darrius Heyward-Bey (yeah, seriously), $21.43 million, $150,000 endorsement, $21.505 million total
9. Jason Smith, $20.57 million, $75,000,$20.645 million total
10. Julius Peppers, $20 million, $75,000, $20.75 million total
-- Andy Benoit
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Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:16 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:40 pm
Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit saved everyone's favorite position ranking debate for last.
Posted on: June 23, 2010 8:25 pm
When Seattle traded a 2010 second-round pick and a 2011 third-round pick to San Diego for a 2010 third-round selection and career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst (and agreed to pay him about $5 million a year to make him the signal-caller of the future), it was a surprise.
Consider: Whitehurst has spent his four years in the NFL as a backup to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and he’s made exactly zero passing attempts in a regular-season game. He’s not shown that he’s a high-level NFL QB who eventually can replace Matt Hasselbeck. He’s not shown he’s better than J.P. Losman, who spent last year in the UFL before signing with Seattle but was a starter for most of his five seasons in Buffalo.
Yes, Whitehurst is tall and athletic. Yes, he has a big-time arm. Yes, Seattle’s coaches and front office personnel say they see a big upside to him – coach Pete Carroll has even hinted that he could compete with Hasselbeck for the starting role. But honestly, I was never that impressed with him when I saw him live a few times during his years at Clemson (less than 60 percent completion percentage during his career and 49 touchdowns to 46 interceptions).
So, I ask: if he wasn't that spectacular in the ACC, how's he going to be the Seahawks QB of the future?
During Seattle’s mini-camp this week, Whitehurst had mixed results.
In a Tacoma News-Tribune blog post from Eric D. Williams on Tuesday, he wrote that Losman is “far closer to being a game-ready productive quarterback than Whitehurst.” Williams cites Losman’s arm and his experience. Whitehurst has the arm as well; just not the experience.
Yet, in a blog post today for the Seattle Times , Danny O’Neil wrote that, on the final day of mini-camp, Whitehurst looked as impressive as he’s been since he put on a Seattle uniform.
So, who knows? We ask you this, though. Will the guy making $5 million be the third-string QB? Or will it be the guy making $630,000?
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Posted on: June 16, 2010 2:21 pm
Despite giving WR Vincent Jackson and OT Marcus McNeill an extra 24 hours to sign their restricted free agent tender offers, the Chargers now expect to play much of the 2010 NFL season without two of their stars, the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee writes.
“We lost a couple of great players today, and it hurts,” GM A.J. Smith told the paper. “We are trying to build a championship team, and losing the services of both Vincent and Marcus just made that more difficult – but not impossible. In due time, Coach (Norv) Turner will name two new starters. We will rally as a team, compete and try to win as many games as we can.”
It won’t be easy to replace the production of Jackson and McNeill. Jackson is coming off a 68-catch, nine-touchdown season, and every year he’s been in the NFL, his production has improved. McNeill, meanwhile, is a two-time Pro Bowler and will be sorely missed on the offensive line, protecting QB Philip Rivers’ blindside.
Acee expects both players to forgo signing what would be a hugely-reduced contract and then return to the team in mid-November to play the final six games – which would count to their service time as an accrued season. Acee explains how much money Jackson and McNeill will give up:
McNeill will lose $2.568 million as his tender is dropped to $600,000. Should he not report until after the Chargers’ 10th game, which numerous sources have said he will and the Chargers are expecting, he will make $212,000.
Jackson will have his tender dropped from $3.268 million to $583,000 (a $2.685 million reduction). He would make $206,000 if he doesn’t report until six games are left, though it remains unclear how an expected suspension of two to four games for his past DUIs will affect him.
Without them, expect newly-signed WR Josh Reed and OT Tra Thomas to take their places in the lineup.
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:10 am
Albert Breer of the Boston Globe has a really interesting article on Wes Welker’s recovery from ACL surgery. Welker surprised everyone by cutting and running routes for a few minutes back on June 2. In this article, Rod Woodson and Philip Rivers talk about their own remarkable recoveries from knee operations.
Obviously, it wasn’t as easy as those men made it look. (Woodson, you may recall, tore his ACL in Week 1 of the ’95 season but came back for the Super Bowl; Rivers played with a torn ACL in the ’07 playoffs and, a few months later, was back on the field in Week 1 for the ’08 season. Both men played at a high level after their injuries.)
Here’s an excerpt: