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Manning Has Added Motivation for SB50

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is a future Hall-of-Famer, an NFL legend and one of the most respected players in pro football. So, besides riding into the retirement sunset on top, what other kind of incentive does the 39-year-old have in Super Bowl 50 if his Denver Broncos can prevail over the Carolina Panthers? Cash money, of course. A lot of it.

When the Broncos asked Manning to take a pay cut in the offseason, both sides agreed to lower his base salary from $19 to $15 million. But with that move, Manning decided to bet on himself. The Broncos agreed to include two separate $2 million bonuses: one for winning the AFC Championship Game (which he's already earned) and another one for winning the Super Bowl.

Ever the savvy businessman, Manning will have the most money on the line out of any player on the field when the big game gets underway at Levi’s Stadium on February 7. All players on the winning team in the Super Bowl receive an extra $102,000, while the losing club individually takes home $51,000—the NFL equivalent of a participation ribbon.

When asked if Manning’s contractual items would affect how the Broncos perform, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told reporters, “We all know you have to take care of how you play, the rest of those things take care of themselves. If the team wins the championship, everybody benefits.”

Obviously, chasing a second ring and improving his 1-2 lifetime Super Bowl record is the most important thing for Manning. After Denver’s 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, NFL Films’ cameras picked up Manning telling Pats’ coach Bill Belichick “This might be my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure.”

Whether or not the signal-caller does call it quits after the game remains to be seen, but if he does, his wallet will be a little bit fatter if the Broncos can win their first Super Bowl since 1998.