Peyton Manning on taunting fine: 'Money well spent'

Peyton Manning wasn’t happy Saturday night after Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger hit Wes Welker in the head, but the Denver Broncos quarterback will gladly accept an NFL fine for a taunting penalty.

Manning confirmed to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Thursday that the NFL has notified him of an $8,268 fine

"I accept it. Money well spent," Manning told Mortensen.

Swearinger was under the Broncos’ skin this past week during joint practice. The last straw for Manning came after a hit to the head of Welker, who left Saturday’s game with his third concussion in the past year. After a 29-yard touchdown throw, Manning raced downfield to confront the safety, which drew the penalty flag.

"Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the first half — it can’t hurt you that much, right?" Manning said Saturday of the flag, per the Houston Chronicle.

For a man making millions on and off the football field, $8,268 is couch-cushion change.

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