However, it turns out, the contract included a way for Manning to earn that $4 million back. It called for a $2 million bonus if the Broncos won the AFC Championship and another $2 million bonus if the Broncos won the Super Bowl, ESPN reported.
FoxSports.com reported that Manning had to play at least 70 percent of the offense snaps to collect.
He did, the Broncos won both games, so it appears Manning will get his full salary for the 2015 season.
By the way, NFL players earn their salaries for playing during the 17-week season. The NFL pays players extra for playing in the postseason.
CBSSports.com reported that the players on the winning Super Bowl team, the Broncos, were paid $102,000 each. The players on the losing team, the Panthers, were paid $51,000 each.