No player earned more money in an NFL career than Peyton Manning, who will reportedly announce his retirement on Monday, 18 years after he was selected with the first pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.
The only player within even $80 million of Manning’s career earnings is his younger brother Eli Manning, according to sportrac.com, although his mark of $187.77 million is dwarfed by the $248.732 million collected by Peyton.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) March 6, 2016
Manning signed a six-year, $48 million deal with the Colts out of college and played out the entire contract before receiving a seven-year, $99.2 million deal in 2004. Manning played out that contract, as well, before signing a five-year, $90 million deal in 2011. However, he never played in that season due to a neck injury and was released in March 2012.
Less than two weeks after his release, he received a five-year, $96 million contract from the Denver Broncos, but never collected that entire sum after restructuring in 2015 — although it was unlikely that the Broncos would have kept him on the roster for another season, anyways.
The monstrous career earnings for the former Vols quarterback is an unprecedented mark, and it doesn’t even include the money he has made through endorsements and investments. Forbes estimated that Manning made about $12 million in endorsements in 2015, compared to $15 million in salary from the Broncos.