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Albert Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
Last Year's Rank: 44

The Cards' four starting infielders, Pujols, Adam Kennedy, César Izturis and Troy Glaus will cost the team about $32 million in '08 -- or around one-third of St. Louis' entire payroll.

Carlos Delgado
New York Mets (MLB)
Last Year's Rank: 48

The Marlins are reportedly paying $4 million of Delgado's salary this year as part of the '05 trade that sent him to the Mets -- more than any current Florida player earns.

Andy Pettitte
New York Yankees (MLB)
Last Year's Rank: 38

Five years ago, Pettitte was part of a five-man Yankee rotation earning a combined $45 million. Now, he and Mike Mussina (at $11 million) are the only ones making more than $4 million.

Jared Allen
Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
Last Year's Rank: NR

The talented defensive end's off-the-field troubles didn't scare off the Vikings, who signed Allen to a six-year, $72 million deal, including a $15.5 million up-front signing bonus.

Ben Wallace
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Last Year's Rank: 36

The Cavs shot-blocker's new sneaker, which was released last November, is manufactured by Stephon Marbury's discount "Starbury" brand -- the "Big Ben" retails for $15.

Jason Schmidt
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Last Year's Rank: 41

Schmidt, Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones -- the Dodgers' three highest-paid players at a combined $43 million in '08 -- have each spent at least two weeks on the DL this season.

Elton Brand
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Last Year's Rank: NR

Rescue Dawn, the $10 million indie film starring Christian Bale that Brand co-produced, couldn't break even in theaters -- but is a cult hit on video. It's made around $20 million in DVD sales.

Amaré Stoudemire
Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Last Year's Rank: 50

From one Valley of the Sun celeb to another: Amaré bought Cardinals QB Matt Leinart's home for $1.9 million last November, to add to his three other Phoenix-area properties.

Jim Furyk
Pro Golf
Last Year's Rank: NR

Furyk becomes the first golfer to break the Tiger-Phil duopoly on the 50 thanks to endorsement deals that include Marquis Jet, Johnny Walker Collection and electric-utility company Exelon.

Eli Manning
New York Giants (NFL)
Last Year's Rank: NR

The Fortunate 50's Mr. Irrelevant? Hardly. After his Super Bowl XLII MVP performance, Eli's handlers say he has opportunities on the table to more than double his endorsement portfolio.

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Sources: salaries, winnings and bonus figures from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Endorsement estimates from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salaries based on current or most recently completed seasons (exception: 2008 for NFL). For winnings-based sports (auto racing, golf, tennis), 2007 calendar year amounts used.
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