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: July 12, 2010 11:12 am
Mike Chappell of the Indy Star has written a fantastic article on super agent Tom Condon. It is a highly recommended read. Chappell looks at how Condon hooked on with the Manning brothers and progressed from NFL fringe player to arguably the league's most powerful agent. Here is an excerpt.
If there was a tipping point in Condon's early talks with Manning, it might have been a specific item in Condon's resume.
Yes, he was an attorney, having earned his degree from the University of Baltimore's School of Law in 1981. More than that, Condon's background teemed with football.
"One thing that attracted me to Tom, different from the other guys I was interviewing, was one of his greatest strengths, and that's that he played the game," Manning said. "He played in the NFL. That's always been important to me. He had that insight that a guy that didn't play, a guy who's just a lawyer, doesn't have."
Condon, 58, was an accomplished offensive lineman at Boston College. In 1984, a decade after his graduation, he was inducted into the school's Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
A 10th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974, Condon's NFL career spanned 148 games, 131 as a starter, before it ended in 1985.
Condon knew early on that his NFL future might be limited. Wisely, he worked towards a law degree during the off-seasons. Chappell takes you through Condon’s early days as an agent and on into the present, where he has a client list that includes the Mannings, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan Bob Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Hutchinson Kevin Williams, Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez.
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:29 pm
Foxsports ran an interesting piece today: the top 10 most overpaid players in football.
Overall, this is a good list. Including Jacobs might be faulty, given that his power is key to New York’s run-based offense. Manning signed his contract shortly after winning the Super Bowl – nobody raised any objection then.
The Cassel deal could haunt Scott Pioli for a long time. The fact that Carey made nearly $1 million per game last season is shocking. He’s a solid but unspectacular right tackle.
Roy Williams has cost the Cowboys money and draft picks, but it’s the Cowboys’ fault for not realizing that his north/south style of play was ill-fit for Jason Garrett’s catch-and-run offense.
The Redskins are getting what they deserve with Haynesworth. The man is a superstar, but only when he smells new money. Throughout his entire career, Haynesworth has griped and underachieved in every non-contract year. This isn’t to say he’s a bum. No matter what, Haynesworth attracts double teams, which will always make him more valuable than his stats indicate. But $41 million guaranteed? Ouch.