Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will make an additional $2 million in bonus money if the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN, Manning restructured his contract last March, slashing $4 million from his base salary. But the pay cut came with a bet on himself: If the Broncos won the AFC Championship and Super Bowl this season, Manning would earn back all $4 million.
He’s already secured $2 million of the lost money for beating the New England Patriots last Sunday. Manning would earn another $2 million and all $19 million of his base salary in 2015-16 if the Broncos are able to secure one more win in two weeks.
Money certainly isn’t of great worry to Manning, who has made over $250 million in career earnings over his 18-year NFL career. According to Forbes, Manning made another $12 million in off-the-field income just last year. He’s a current partner with companies such as Papa Johns, Buick, DirecTV, Gatorade and Nationwide.
And Manning needs no monetary incentive.
The 39-year-old has a chance to win a second Super Bowl ring and cement his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. For Manning, the opportunity is worth its weight in gold.
An extra $2 million can buy a lot of things, but it’ll be the last thing on Manning’s mind if he’s unable to beat the Panthers in Santa Clara.