Carson Palmer second-highest paid quarterback in NFL according to Forbes Magazine

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer has made quite a career for himself, playing in the NFL for 11 years with three different teams (Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals). Over that time, Palmer’s been able to make some very good money. Prior to his season-ending ACL injury last November, Palmer signed a three-year extension with Arizona, which assured him of staying with the Cardinals through 2017.

While Palmer’s been on a never-ending grind this offseason to get back to 100, his bank account has been busting at the seams.

Forbes Magazine recently released their list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes for 2015, and surprisingly enough, Palmer came in at No. 27 – tying soccer player James Rodriguez with a total of $29 million made.

How Forbes put this list together is they included the athletes’ salaries, prize money and bonuses paid out between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. In that 12-month period, Palmer made $28.5 million in salary/winnings and $500,000 in endorsements. Forbes didn’t take away for taxes, or any agent fees, and they didn’t include investment income.

What’s even more interesting than Palmer being ranked this high, is the fact that he’s the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL over the last year, coming in behind Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who made $48.9 million in salary/winnings/endorsements, and is No. 11 overall.

The rest of the quarterbacks on the list came out like this:

No. 32 – Denver Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning – $27 million

No. 53 – New York Giants’ QB Eli Manning – $23.7 million

No. 57 – Cincinnati Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton – $23.3 million

No. 67 – Dallas Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo – $22 million

No. 67 – New Orleans Saints’ QB Drew Brees – $22 million

No. 90 – Kansas City Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith – $19.6 million

No. 95 – Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers – $19.1 million

As you’d imagine, Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops the list with $300 million made last year – $285 million in salary/winnings and $15 million in endorsements.


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