Stafford, Ryan, Johnson among locals in Forbes top 50

Floyd Mayweather is America’s highest-paid athlete, and LeBron James is getting an estimated $38 million this year from corporate America just to hawk products.

That’s the word from Fortune magazine and Sports Illustrated, which released their list of the 50 athletes who are making the most money. The list cites salaries from each players most recent season, which endorsement estimates are from “agents and a stable of experts and marketing executives.”

Mayweather’s salary is listed at $105 million, with no endorsement money. James’ $38 million tops the endorsement figures, with Phil Mickelson ($33 million) and Tiger Woods ($31 million) not far behind. Kobe Bryant was fourth in endorsements at $20 millon.

Behind Mayweather in salary was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at $40 million. Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford’s $31.5 million salary with the Detroit Lions ranked second.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal heads the list of international athletes, at a total package of $75,577,500. He was paid $27 million in endorsements and almost $49 million in salary.

The top 10 on the list, plus players of local interest:

1. Floyd Mayweather $105 million (all salary)

2. LeBron James $57,067,500 ($19,067,500 salary, $38 million endorsements)

3. Kobe Bryant $50,453,805 ($30,453,805 salary, $20 million endorsements)

4. Aaron Rodgers $45.8 million ($40 million salary, $5.8 million endorsements)

5. Peyton Manning $37.5 million ($25 million salary, $12.5 million endorsements)

6. Phil Mickelson $37,221,975 ($4,221,975 salary, $33 million endorsements)

7. Tiger Woods $35,500,758 ($4,500,758 salary, $31 million endorsements)

8. Tom Brady $35 million ($31 million salary, $4 million endorsements)

9. Derrick Rose $34,632,688 ($17,632,688 salary, $17 million endorsements)

10. Matthew Stafford $33 million ($31.5 million salary, $1.5 million endorsements)

12. Matt Ryan $31.5 million ($30 million salary, $1.5 million endorsements)

19. Calvin Johnson $25.9 million ($25 million salary, $900,000 endorsements)

29. Dwight Howard $23,513,178 ($20,513,178 salary, $3 million endorsements)

36. Mark Teixeira $22,720,000 ($22.5 million salary, $220,000 endorsements)

40. Joe Johnson $22,366,718 ($21,466,718 salary, $900,000 endorsements)

46. Chris Bosh $21,067,500 ($19,067,500 salary; $2 million endorsements)

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