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10 Highest Paid US Athletes

10. Zack Greinke |||| The Dodgers, who have the highest payroll in the majors as well as four players on this list, signed Greinke, 29, to an astonishing six-year, $147 million deal in December that includes $17 million in salary this season plus a $12 million signing bonus. It was the largest contract ever for a righthanded pitcher before the Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander deals surpassed it. 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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10. Zack Greinke |||| The Dodgers, who have the highest payroll in the majors as well as four...

9.  ALEX RODRIGUEZ
|||| New York Yankees (MLB) Still the highest-paid player in baseball, A-Rod’s 10-year, $275 million deal goes through 2017—though it’s likely the oft-injured slugger won’t still be playing then. He doesn’t have much left in endorsements apart from Nike, Vita Coco and Rawlings. But it’s not like he needs them. Rodriguez, 37, also gets a $6 million bonus if he ever reaches 660 homers. (He has 647.) 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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9. ALEX RODRIGUEZ |||| New York Yankees (MLB) Still the highest-paid player in baseball,...

8.  Peyton Manning
|||| Denver Broncos (NFL)Manning’s salary suddenly pales in comparison with Brees’s (and with the new ones signed by Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers), but he remains football’s biggest endorser and one of the most marketable athletes in American sports: Reebok, Wheaties, DirecTV, Gatorade, Papa John’s and Buick all see the 37-year-old QB as a sure-thing investment. 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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8. Peyton Manning |||| Denver Broncos (NFL)Manning’s salary suddenly pales in comparison...

7. Derrick Rose
|||| Chicago Bulls (NBA)Rose’s deal with Adidas alone is worth more than $10 million a year. Add that to Powerade, Wilson, Skullcandy, and local Chicago sponsors like Giordano’s pizza, and you see why Rose, 24, has suddenly catapulted into the top 10. Even though he hasn’t played a single game this season due to a torn left ACL, his jersey is the fifth-highest selling in the NBA. (Carmelo Anthony’s of the Knicks is No. 1.) 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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7. Derrick Rose |||| Chicago Bulls (NBA)Rose’s deal with Adidas alone is worth more than...

2. LeBron James
|||| Miami Heat (NBA) James has bounced back from the stain of the Decision in 2010, leading Miami to the ’12 NBA title and repairing his image. New deals followed, with the likes of Baskin-Robbins and Samsung. LeBron, 28, also has one of the biggest contracts with Nike and is a part owner of the Liverpool soccer club.. - 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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2. LeBron James |||| Miami Heat (NBA) James has bounced back from the stain of the Decision in...

6. Phil Mickelson
|||| Golf  In golf (and tennis), more than in other sports, endorsement contracts are heavily rankings-based and full of performance bonuses. At 42, he’s still a sponsor’s dream because of his likability. In an ad for arthritis medicine Enbrel (for which he likely earns $7 million a year), he’s decked out in sponsorships: KPMG on his visor, Barclays on the chest of his polo, Callaway on the sleeve. 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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6. Phil Mickelson |||| Golf In golf (and tennis), more than in other sports, endorsement...

3. Drew Brees
|||| New Orleans Saints (NFL) Brees, 34, had a relatively small base salary last season ($3 million) but landed a gargantuan $37 million signing bonus with his new contract in July 2012. He has traded on his family-man image by plugging products like Dove, Vicks VapoRub, Chase, Verizon, Tide and now Wrangler. - 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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3. Drew Brees |||| New Orleans Saints (NFL) Brees, 34, had a relatively small base salary last...

5. Tiger Woods |||| Tiger is back—he earned more than anyone on Tour over the past 12 months—but sponsors have been slower to return. Woods’s current deals are with Nike, EA, Rolex, Kowa (a heat rub), Fuse Science, Upper Deck and NetJets. Phil Mickelson makes more in endorsements, but the 37-year-old Woods made double on the links.2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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5. Tiger Woods |||| Tiger is back—he earned more than anyone on Tour over the past 12...

4. Kobe Bryant
|||| Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) Winding down his career as LeBron hits his stride, the 34-year-old Bryant isn’t losing deals, but he doesn’t have many new ones coming in. While Kobe still benefits from a long contract with Nike, his other sponsors aren’t huge names; they include Smart Car and Lenovo- 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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4. Kobe Bryant |||| Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) Winding down his career as LeBron hits his stride,...

1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. |||| The May 4 welterweight title bout with Robert Guerrero brought Mayweather a guaranteed purse of $32 million. Once he gets a similar payday for his Sept. 14 fight, likely against Saul (Canelo) Alvarez, he should hit $90 million in 2013 earnings. From two matches alone Mayweather, 36, stands to make nearly as much as Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will from his five-year, $140 million extension. - 2013 Fortunate 50 - SI.com - 10 Highest Paid US Athletes

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1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. |||| The May 4 welterweight title bout with Robert Guerrero brought...