Jackson, Nicks on SI's top earners list
When the Bucs made a procedural move last December, shifting the 2013 salaries of receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks onto the ledger for the 2012 league year, it did more than help the team’s current salary cap situation (enabling it to acquire cornerback Darrelle Revis).
The moves also put huge lump sums in the players’ pockets, with Jackson receiving his $13 million and Nicks getting his $12.5 million nearly a year in advance. That put the pair in rare air when it comes to total compensation in the past year, landing them on Sports Illustrated’s “Fortunate Fifty” list of the highest-paid athletes.
Jackson, with total salary and endorsements bringing him to $25.36 million in compensation in the past year, ranks 15th on the list. Nicks, with $24.285 million, ranks 21st.
Because of the structure of their deals, Jackson and Nicks won’t bring home much of anything for the 2013 season and likely won’t sniff next year’s list. Meanwhile, Revis, while the Bucs’ highest-paid player, is not on the list because his $16 million salary for 2013 is not reflected in this year’s calculations; he doesn’t begin receiving that money until the regular season begins in the fall.
The list is dominated by baseball players, but no MLB player ranks higher than ninth (Alex Rodriguez).
The top five, including salaries and endorsements, are boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($90 million), the Heat’s LeBron James ($39 million), the Saints’ Drew Brees, because of his recent $37 million signing bonus ($47.8 million), the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant ($46.85 million) and golf’s Tiger Woods ($40.839 million).