(Reuters) - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will end this year as the National Football League's (NFL) highest-paid player, according to a Forbes report released Wednesday.
Manning, a four-times most valuable player in the NFL who agreed to a five-year $90-million contract with the Colts last month, is expected to earn $23 million in total compensation for 2011.
The five highest-paid NFL players for 2011:
1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, quarterback, $23 million
2. Sam Bradford, St. Louis, quarterback, $18.4 million
3. Tom Brady, New England, quarterback, $18 million
4. Michael Vick, Philadelphia, quarterback, $15.9 million
5. Richard Seymour, Oakland, defensive lineman, $15 million