50 Top Paid American Athletes

50. Chris Bosh
50. Chris Bosh
Total Pay and Endorsements: $15,500,000, "Bosh and LeBron signed identical six-year, $110 million deals to join Dwyane Wade in South Beach. All three have player options for 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons that total out at $127 million." - Jonah Freedman, Sports Illustrated,(credit: By GLENN JAMES/NBAE via Getty Images)
49. Paul Pierce
49. Paul Pierce
Total Pay and Endorsements: $15,676,321 "Celtics GM Danny Ainge will be busy next summer: Pierce and Rajon Rondo are the only players inked beyond 2011-12, and the former will be 36 when his $61 million extension expires in 2014." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
48. Prince Fielder
48. Prince Fielder
Total Pay and Endorsements: $15,750,000 "Fielder's one-year, $15.5 million deal with Brewers helped avoid arbitration." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
47. Eli Manning
47. Eli Manning
Total Pay and Endorsements: $16,000,000 "Eli threw a pass back to his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, last July with a $1 million donation for an academic scholarship plan. Ole Miss had raised its tuition rates by 6.5 percent." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
46. Josh Beckett
46. Josh Beckett
Total Pay and Endorsements: $16,150,000 "Maybe athletes aren't rocket scientists -- but they can marry one. The Red Sox's $68 million man reportedly popped question to high school sweetheart Holly Fisher, an aerospace engineer, in February." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
45. Elton Brand
45. Elton Brand
Total Pay and Endorsements: $16,459,099 "The much-maligned Brand and his equally unloved teammate Andre Iguodala are owed $63.5 million over the next two seasons. Will the Sixers find a taker for either one in a trade?" - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
44. Roy Oswalt
44. Roy Oswalt
Total Pay and Endorsements: $16,500,000 "Astros, are paying $7 million and The Phillies are paying $9 million as part of a trade agreement from last summer." - Freedman, (credit: By OTTO GREULE JR/Getty Images)
43. Joe Johnson
43. Joe Johnson
Total Endorsements and Salary: $16,574,500 "...The Hawks made Johnson the top-paid free agent in last summer's loaded class, topping LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh and Amar'e Stoudemire." - Freedman, (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
42. Jake Peavy
42. Jake Peavy
Total Pay and Endorsements: $16,625,000 "Peavy received a $500,000 reporting bonus as part of his $16 million salary."- Freedman, (credit By: CHRISTIAN PETERTSEN/Getty Images)
41. A. J. Burnett
41. A. J. Burnett
Total Endorsements and Salary: $16,775,000 "He possesses a long-term contract with fixed salary till expiration." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
40. Kenyon Martin
40. Kenyon Martin
Total Endorsements and Salary: $16,795,454 "Will retooling Denver stick with the 33-year-old who has missed 203 regular-season games over the last seven years?" - Jonah Freedman (credit: By GARRETT W. ELLWOOD/NBAE via Getty Images)
39. Darnell Dockett
39. Darnell Dockett
Total Endorsements and Salary: $17,675,000 "The terror of a defensive tackle signed a four-year, $48.5 million extension with the Cardinals last September that includes a $15 million option bonus on top of scheduled $2.35 million salary next season." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
38. Mark Sanchez
38. Mark Sanchez
Total Endorsements and Salary: $17,750,000 "His performance in 2010 triggered a $1.25 million bonus, and he's finally starting to accept endorsement offers like the one he signed with Pepsi." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
37. Zach Randolph
37. Zach Randolph
Total Endorsements and Salary: $17,766,666 "Randolph signed a four-year, $66 million extension in April." - Freedman, (credit: By JOE MURPHY/NBAE via Getty Images)
36. Gilbert Arenas
36. Gilbert Arenas
Total Endorsements and Salary: $17,980,694 "Is Arenas key to the Magic's hopes of retaining Dwight Howard? Cutting him through an amnesty clause would save them $19 million in 2011-12." - Freedman, (credit: By FERNANDO MEDINA/NBAE via Getty Images)
35. Torii Hunter
35. Torii Hunter
Total Endorsements and Salary: $18,200,000 "It must be awkward sharing the outfield with Hunter and Vernon Wells -- their combined 2011 salaries are exactly 99 times that of Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos. " - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
34. Michael Redd
34. Michael Redd
"The Bucks reportedly were insured for 80 percent of Redd's salary while he missed all but last 10 games of 2010-11 season. They may welcome him back, but won't miss his expiring $91 million deal." - Freedman, (Photo by FERNANDO MEDINA/NBAE via Getty Images)
33. Barry Zito
33. Barry Zito
Total Endorsements and Salary: $18,600,000 "While the high-priced lefty was left off the 2010 playoff roster, the Giants rode Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez to World Series title. That trio's combined 2011 salary is barely more than Zito's." - Freedman (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
32. Jimmie Johnson
32. Jimmie Johnson
Total Endorsements and Salary: $19,264,780 "The five-time Sprint Cup champion has carved out a nice niche as a perennial top earner in NASCAR thanks to his clean image and success." -Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
31. Kevin Durant
31. Kevin Durant
Total Endorsements and Salary: $20,053,663 "Is the Thunder star spying on the competition? Durant recently bought a $1.8 million condo in a Miami high-rise just blocks from American Airlines Arena." - Freedman, (credit: By LAYNE MURDOCH/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Roy Halladay
30. Roy Halladay
Total Endorsements and Salary: $20,250,000 "Following his perfect game last May, Halladay bought some 60 Swiss-made Baumé & Mercier watches (around $4,000 each) and gave them to everyone in Phillies clubhouse -- bat boys included." - Freedman, (credit: By ABELIMAGES/Getty Images)
29. Rashard Lewis
29. Rashard Lewis
Total Endorsements and Salary: $20,323,711 "If a new CBA includes "Allan Houston" amnesty clause to cut a high-earner, here's your first target: Lewis averaged 13 points over the past two seasons; he's due up to $44 million over next two." - Freedman, (credit: By ISSAC BALDIZON/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Carl Crawford
28. Carl Crawford
Total Endorsements and Salary: $20,500,000 "Talk about a nice monthly allowance... $6 million signing bonus paid out in $1 million increments over the course of the season." - Freedman, (credit: By Elsa/Getty Images)
27. Vince Carter
27. Vince Carter
Total Endorsements and Salary: $20,522,375 "The Suns have an $18 million option to bring Carter back next season." -Freedman, (credit:By LAYNE MURDOCH/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Albert Pujols
26. Albert Pujols
Total Endorsements and Salary: $21,000,000 "The slugger is a hit with Chicago GMs." - Freedman, (credit: By Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
25. Ryan Howard
25. Ryan Howard
Total Endorsements and Salary: $21,500,000 "Howard earns more this season alone than Schmidt did during his entire 18-year career." - Freedman, (credit: By HUNTER MARTIN/Getty Images)
24. Tim Duncan
24. Tim Duncan
"Duncan has a $21.3 million player option for next season, the final year of his contract." - Freedman (credit: ByBILL BAPTIST/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Mark Teixeira
23. Mark Teixeira
Total Endorsements and Salary: $22,750,000 "Big Tex had so much trouble unloading his Dallas mansion since leaving Rangers in '07, he opted simply to rent it for $15,000 per month. His tenant? New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
22. Derek Jeter
22. Derek Jeter
Total Endorsements and Salary: $23,000,000 "The Yankee captain dropped $7 million just for the land to build his near-31,000-square foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home in Tampa." - Freedman, (credit: By JASON MILLER/Getty Images)
21. Carmelo Anthony
21. Carmelo Anthony
Total Endorsements and Salary: $23,149,243 "The Knicks are predictably top-heavy on salary again, but a combined $51 million for 'Melo, Amar'e and Chauncy Billups next season is better than $54 million for McGrady, Marbury and Curry in 2009-10." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
20. Vernon Wells
20. Vernon Wells
Total Endorsements and Salary: $23,250,000 " The good news for the Angels, whose payroll shot to fourth in baseball with the acquisition of Wells: His salary tops out this season and "drops" to a mere $21 million a year from 2012 to 2014." - Freedman, (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
19. Jeff Gordon
19. Jeff Gordon
Total Endorsements and Salary: $23,703,710 "Like Earnhardt, Gordon's best days on the track are in the past." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
18.  Joe Mauer
18. Joe Mauer
Total Endorsements and Salary: $23,750,000 "Mauer's eight-year, $184 million deal is the largest ever for a catcher by far. His $23 million salary, along with that of first baseman Justin Morneau, eats up a third of Twins' total payroll this season." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
17. CC Sabathia
17. CC Sabathia
Total Endorsements and Salary: $23,800,000 "The Yanks' ace can opt out of his mammoth contract after this season. Considering Cliff Lee landed a five-year, $120 million deal, there's speculation he might." - Freedman (credit: By STEPHEN DUNN/Getty Images)
16. Amar'e Stoudemire
16. Amar'e Stoudemire
Total Endorsements and Salary: $24,486,611 "Amar'e is actually scheduled to outearn his All-Star teammate by more than a quarter-million over the next four seasons." - Freedman, (credit: By FERNANDO MEDINA/NBAE via Getty Images)
15.  Jim Furyk
15. Jim Furyk
Total Endorsements and Salary: $25,334,622 "Furyk's winning putt at last September's Tour Championship earned him a $1.4 million prize and a $10 million FedEx Cup bonus." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
14. Darrelle Revis
14. Darrelle Revis
Total Endorsements and Salary: $25,750,000 "The three-time Pro Bowl corner reportedly wants $20 million a year." - Freedman, (credit: By JARED WICKERSHAM/Getty Images)
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Total Endorsements and Salary: $26,572,930 "It's amazing that a driver who hasn't won a race in more than three years is still his sport's top earner. " - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
12. Sam Bradford
12. Sam Bradford
Total Endorsements and Salary: $27,250,000 "The Rams signed last year's No. 1 draft pick to the largest rookie deal in "NFL history, with the bulk of money being paid out over 2011: an $18 million option bonus and an $8.4 million roster bonus." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
11. Dwyane Wade
11. Dwyane Wade
Total Endorsements and Salary: $28,200,000 " Not to be outdone by LeBron, D-Wade spent nearly $11 million for his own new Miami mansion." - Freedman (credit: By ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dwight Howard (credit: Getty Images)
10. Dwight Howard
Total Endorsements and Salary: $28,647,180 "Any dream of Superman joining Lakers needs a cold dose of reality: Howard would have to accept a huge reduction from $17.9 million." - Freedman
Dwight Howard (credit: Getty Images)
9 Tom Brady
9 Tom Brady
Total Endorsements and Salary: $30,007,280 "Brady's four-year, $72 million extension signed last September gives him the highest average annual salary in the NFL." - Freedman (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
8. Matt Ryan
8. Matt Ryan
" The bulk of guaranteed money in Ryan's six-year, $72 million contract he signed in 2008 should be paid out this year, when he'll earn a $22 million roster bonus on top of his $10.25 million salary. " - Freedman (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
7. Kevin Garnett
7. Kevin Garnett
Total Endorsements and Salary: $32,832,044 "He'll have earned more than $300 million over his career." - Freedman (credit: By ISSAC BALDIZON/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: ANDREW  D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Kobe Bryant
Total Endorsements and Salary: $34,806,250 "LeBron's No. 6 Heat top now outsells Kobe's No. 24." - Freedman, (credit: By ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Alex Rodriguez
5. Alex Rodriguez
Total Endorsements and Salary: $36,000,000 "If A-Rod's bat catches fire, he could cash in this season on the first milestone bonus written into his contract: another $6 million for passing Willie Mays (No. 4 at 660) on the all-time home-run list." - Freedman, (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
4. Peyton Manning
4. Peyton Manning
Total Endorsements and Salary: $38,070,000 "If the Colts place the franchise tag on the four-time NFL MVP again next year, Manning will earn more than $50 million in salary over two seasons." -Freedman (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
(credit: NED DISHMAN/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Lebron James
Total Endorsements and Salary: $44,500,000 "There's plenty of room for LeBron's talent in his $9 million Coconut Grove mansion." - Freedman (credit: By NED DISHMAN/NBAE via Getty Images)
(credit: NED DISHMAN/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Phil Mickelson
2. Phil Mickelson
Total Endorsements and Salary: $61,185,933 "Lefty's hefty sponsorship portfolio isn't flashy -- deals with Callaway, KPMG, Rolex, Barclays Capital, ExxonMobil and Amgen/Pfizer -- but he's one of the most reliable endorsers in pro sports." - Freedman (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
1. Tiger Woods
1. Tiger Woods
Total Endorsements and Salary: $62,294,116 " His Nike and EA deals still keep him on top of the charts while other endorsers -- and his game -- have gone in other directions." - Freedman (credit: By PHOTO via Getty Images)
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