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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Where the Colts rank financially in the world

By Mike Wells

The Indianapolis Colts moved up 33 spots from last year when it comes to the average salary paid to their players, according to the ESPN The Magazine/Sportingintelligence Global Salary Survey.

The Colts paid their players an average of $2 million last season. That’s a 32.6 percent increase from the 2012 season. Colts owner Jim Irsay paid $108.3 million worth of salaries in 2013.

The NBA and its guaranteed salaries is the highest-paying league in the world. About $2 billion was paid to 441 players, for an average salary of $4,522,283 per player, according to the Global Salary Survey.

When it comes to having the highest-paid athletes in the world, the Colts do not have anybody in the top 25. They don’t even have one of the top-10 highest-paid players in the league. Linebacker Robert Mathis will be the team’s highest-paid player at $8.75 million next season. Don't be surprised to see quarterback Andrew Luck become one of the highest-paid players in the world at some point in his career.

Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is No. 16 in the world and No. 7 in the NFL at $25 million.

The Colts will face four of the highest-paid players in the world during the 2014 season. Manning, Dallas’ Tony Romo ($26.5 million), Baltimore’s Joe Flacco ($30 million) and New England’s Tom Brady ($31 million) are all ranked.