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No Chiefs On Sports Illustrated's Highest Earning Athletes List

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Jun. 12, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb throws a pass during minicamp at the Cardinals practice facility.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Jun. 12, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb throws a pass during minicamp at the Cardinals practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

No Kansas City Chiefs players ended up on Sports Illustrated's list of the highest paid (American) athletes but one of their big AFC West rivals did. Peyton Manning, new Denver Broncos quarterback, is the No. 1 NFL player listed on this list with an estimated income of $31 million -- $18 million from the Broncos and $13 million from endorsements.

Manning's just No. 7 overall though, way behind Floyd Mayweather and his ridiculous $85 million (why he's the greatest marketing man in sports history).

Larry Fitzgerald comes in at $26.75 million while Mario Williams is at $25.5 million. Calvin Johnson, who recently signed a $100+ million deal with the Lions, is at $22.75 million while Tom Brady is behind him but just ahead of Eli Manning.

Arian Foster is estimated at $19.75 million and Kevin Kolb somehow, someway is making $17.5 million, which is incredible because his total contract package is similar to Matt Cassel, who is not making $17.5 million this year.

Robert Mathis of the Colts signed a new deal this year and lands on the list, as did Calais Campbell with the Cardinals. Charles Woodson of the Packers rounds out the top 50 with a $15.8 million take home.

Drew Brees just signed his deal with the Saints and wasn't included on the list, same with Ray Rice who has a huge year-one payout.

If Dwayne Bowe had signed his deal I wonder if we would've seen him on this list. The Chiefs have front-loaded a number of their contract extensions (highlighted by Derrick Johnson, who had something like a $19 million base salary when he signed his deal in 2010).