A year ago, many fans were up in arms when it was revealed that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was slated to become the NFL's highest paid player. And while a few large contracts bumped Manning down that list a bit, he still ranked near the top of the league.
But a lot changes in the NF,L and only a year later Manning is nowhere near the Top 5 and has fallen outside of the Top 10, currently listed as the 14th highest paid player in 2014.
With a salary of $15,271,428 for the upcoming season, Manning lands one spot ahead of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers ($14,035,714) and one spot behind Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford ($15,300,000).
Manning may find himself bumped back up that list in 2015 with a salary of $17.5 million, but with that being his contract year, there remains a strong chance the Giants extend his deal — resulting in his 2015 salary and its subsequent cap hit being adjusted.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP had previously renegotiated his contract in March of 2013.
As far as the list of highest paid players, quarterbacks (as you might expect) dominate the Top 10 with only a few stragglers. And it's now San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who recently signed a big deal of his own, leading the way at $21 million.
Here's a look at the Top 10:
- San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick – $21,000,000
- Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco – $20,100,000
- New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees – $20,000,000
- Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning – $19,200,00
- Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan – $18,958,333
- Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson – $18,812,500
- Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – $18,678,571
- Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler – $18,100,000
- Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo – $17,071,428
- Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald – $16,062,500
The league's highest paid defender comes in at No. 11, with Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams cracking the mark at $16,000,000.
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