Peyton Manning’s NFL Contract

Last Modified Feb 16, 2024 07:56 GMT

Among the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, Peyton Manning was born on March 24, 1976. “The Sheriff” became an icon during his 18-year career. His first 14 seasons were spent with the Indianapolis Colts, while the last 4 saw the legend move higher in altitude to the Denver Broncos. The second son of Archie Manning, and brother to Eli, Peyton comes from the Manning football dynasty.


A first-overall pick for the Colts in 1998, Manning changed the entire complexion of the franchise. From a struggling team to consistent playoff contenders, Peyton led them to 11 playoff appearances, 8 division titles, 3 AFC Championship Games, 2 Super Bowl appearances, and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory since moving to Indianapolis.


After neck surgery, Manning saw a change in scenery with his shift to Denver. For the Broncos, Manning was just as successful, helping them win the Division title each year he was with them. He also helped them reach two Super Bowls and won the 50th iteration of the event en route to retirement. In the process, Manning became the only starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl for more than one franchise, a feat that has since been repeated by his chief rival, Tom Brady.


One of the most storied careers in the game, Manning holds the record for most MVPs and first-team All-Pro selections with 5 and 7 respectively. He also leads NFL history in 4,000-yard seasons, single-season passing yards, and single-season passing touchdowns. Further, he finished his career third in career passing yards and touchdowns.


After his retirement, Peyton Manning was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021. Even though Peyton has long retired from the game, let’s look at how much the legend earned in his 18 years in the NFL.


Peyton Manning’s Contract Breakdown (Final contract before retiring and after he came back from retirement )


YearBase SalarySigningCap HitDead CapYearly Cash
2015$15,000,000$2,500,000$19,000,000


Peyton Manning’s NFL Contract
Peyton Manning


How much did Peyton Manning earn during his final years?

Peyton Manning earned a base salary of $15,000,000 during the last year of his contract with the Denver Broncos. After initially signing a 5-year, $96,000,000 contract with the team in 2012, the team and Manning worked on reworking the contract in 2015.


The new contract was a 2-year $34,000,000 deal that had $15 million guaranteed. In total, he earned $19 million of the total sum as he retired after winning the Super Bowl in 2015.


What were the terms of Peyton Manning’s Contract?

His initial contract, signed in 2012, with the Broncos included $58,000,000 in guarantees of a total of $96 million. However, the reworked salary in 2015 ensured that $15,000,000 was guaranteed to him at signing over the next two years.


Manning chose to forego any signing bonuses with the Broncos.


How much of Peyton Manning’s contract was guaranteed?

His initial contract with the Broncos saw Peyton Manning have 58 of the total of 96 million dollars guaranteed. Further, at the time of signing, $18,000,000 was immediately guaranteed.


When he reworked the contract in 2015, the new contract saw Manning have a sum of $15,000,000 guaranteed. As it was just a two-year deal, the entire $15,000,000 sum was immediately guaranteed at signing.


Contract History

Prior to his stint with the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning spent the first 12 years of his career in Indianapolis with the Colts. During his tenure, Manning signed 3 contracts with the team:


  • 1998-2003 - Peyton Manning signed a 6-year, $46,314,000 contract with the Indianapolis Colts, including an $11,600,000 signing bonus, and an average annual salary of $7,719,000.


  • 2004-2010 - Peyton Manning signed a 7-year, $98,000,000 contract with the Indianapolis Colts, including a $34,500,000 signing bonus, and an average annual salary of $14,000,000.


  • 2011-2015 - Peyton Manning signed a 5 year, $90,000,000 contract with the Indianapolis Colts, including a $20,000,000 signing bonus, and an average annual salary of $18,000,000.




FAQs

A. Peyton Manning won the first of his two Super Bowl rings with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 while his second win came with the Denver Broncos in 2015.

A. Going by Super Bowls alone, then Tom Brady with his 7 rings is the best quarterback by far. However, if the larger picture is to be taken into account, then Peyton Manning with his all-time record of 5 NFL MVPs also comes into the conversation.

A. Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the NFL. The things he has achieved on the football field are beyond the reach of even most of his peers. He is a 5-time NFL MVP, 14-time Pro Bowler, 2 time Super Bowl winner and has made it to both the college and NFL Hall of Fame. 

A. Among so many other stats of Peyton Manning, the one stat that is unique is that he never lost a football game against the Vikings, Browns, Cardinals, Lions, and Buccaneers in his entire career. 

A. Peyton Manning’s younger brother Eli Manning also played as a quarterback in the NFL for around 15 years. Just like his brother, Eli also won 2 Super Bowls, both with the Giants.  

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