Peyton Manning on taunting fine: 'Money well spent'

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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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