Peyton Manning Passes Neck Exam Guaranteeing $20 Million Salary In 2014

by NESN Staff

March 3, 2014

Peyton ManningDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passed his postseason neck examination on Monday, which medically clears him to play in 2014.

It also guarantees him his $20 million 2014 salary, USA Today Sports reports.

Manning missed the 2011 season to undergo four neck surgeries and was released from the Indianapolis Colts in March of 2012. The five-time league MVP then signed a five-year, $96 million contract with the Broncos, which required yearly check-ins on his neck.

The soon-to-be 38-year-old passed his neck exam last year but was rumored to have considered retirement in 2014 if his neck proved unstable. But with Manning’s NFL-record 55 passing touchdowns in 2013, the Broncos did not expect any problems with this year’s exam and viewed it more as a final formality.

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