Adams among high­est paid on new Forbes list

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Two NFL quar­ter­backs rank among the top 10 on Forbes’ 2018 list of the world’s 100 high­est-paid ath­letes. Nei­ther of them is Green Bay Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers.

Two quar­ter­backs are among the next 10 of the world’s 100 high­est-paid ath­letes. Nei­ther of them is Rodgers.

And two quar­ter­backs are among the next 10 af­ter that, and they aren’t Rodgers ei­ther.

In fact, Rodgers isn’t on the Forbes list. But Pack­ers wide re­ceiver Da­vante Adams is, at No. 77 with an es­ti­mated $24.5 mil­lion in an­nual in­come (thanks to an $18 mil­lion sign­ing bonus on his new deal in De­cem­ber).

Rodgers is sched­uled to make a base salary of $19.8 mil­lion this year and $20 mil­lion in 2019. He has per-game ros­ter bonuses each year worth a max­i­mum of $600,000 and work­out bonuses of $500,000.

Which leaves him be­low Ni­co­las Ba­tum of the NBA’s Char­lotte Hor­nets, who was 100th at $22.9 mil­lion.

Forbes said its earn­ings fig­ures in­clude all prize money, salaries, bonuses and en­dorse­ment fees earned be­tween June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018. Foot­ball player salaries cover the 2017 base salary, plus bonuses earned over those 12 months, in­clud­ing op­tion, sign­ing, play­off and work­out bonuses.

En­dorse­ment in­comes are an es­ti­mate of spon­sor­ship deals, ap­pear­ance fees and li­cens­ing in­come for the 12 months through June 1 based on con­ver­sa­tions with dozens of in­dus­try in­sid­ers.

Top­ping the list is boxer Floyd Mayweather with in­come of $285 mil­lion. Round­ing out the top five are soc­cer play­ers Lionel Messi ($111 mil­lion) and Chris­tiano Ron­aldo ($108 mil­lion), mixed mar­tial arts com­peti­tor Conor McGregor ($99 mil­lion) and soc­cer player Ney­mar ($90 mil­lion).

The top-paid quar­ter­backs are Matt Ryan (ninth at $67.3 mil­lion) of the At­lanta Fal­cons and Matthew Stafford (10th at $59.5 mil­lion) of the Detroit Lions.

Rodgers has two years left on his con­tract, but he and the Pack­ers are ex­pected to agree on an ex­ten­sion soon. When that hap­pens, Rodgers fig­ures to leap past 90 or so peo­ple on the Forbes list.

The Pack­ers and Rodgers want the im­mi­nent ex­ten­sion to fea­ture the largest per-year av­er­age in the NFL, given that Rodgers is con­sid­ered one of the top quar­ter­backs.

Also of in­ter­est to Wis­con­sin sports fans, Mil­wau­kee Bucks for­ward Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo, who turned 23 in De­cem­ber, is the youngest player on the list by more than a year. His earn­ings of $35.5 mil­lion ranked him 30th.

ISA­IAH J. DOWN­ING / USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Thanks to sign­ing bonus money, wide re­ceiver Da­vante Adams will earn about $24.5 mil­lion this sea­son.

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