The most important match-up of Super Bowl 48 is Peyton Manning vs. Seattle’s league-best secondary.
While they each rank No. 1 in their respective statistical categories, Manning and Seattle’s four starting defensive backs couldn’t be more different when it comes to compensation.
Seattle’s secondary is wildly underpaid.
Richard Sherman makes ~$555,000 in base salary, making him the 33rd highest-paid player on his own team. Byron Maxwell makes $US550,000 too.
Kam Chancellor is the highest-paid player in the unit at $US2.8 million. Earl Thomas, who is one of the best defensive players in the league, makes a little above $US2 million.
In all, Seattle’s starting secondary made a combined ~$5.9 million in base salary this year — $US9.1 million less than Peyton Manning makes.
All of these guys were drafted by Seattle since 2009. They haven’t had a chance to test free agency, and are playing some of the best football in the league while waiting out their rookie salaries.
Compared to Peyton Manning and his $US15 million base salary, it’s laughable:
*All salary figures via FoxSports.com’s database
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