Despite being sub-par the past couple of seasons, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning believes he should be the highest paid player in the NFL. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Manning is currently seeking a new deal that eclipses the $22 million per year mark that Aaron Rodgers, the league’s highest paid player, makes.
‘Although the New York Giants hope to sign Eli Manning to a new deal by the start of the season, a “significant gap” remains in negotiations, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday’s edition of NFL Total Access.
That gap is unlikely to close anytime soon, as Manning is pushing to become the game’s highest-paid player, per Rapoport.’
Going by on-field production, Manning should be nowhere near this type of money: he hasn’t finished in the top 10 in passer rating since 2011, and his completion percentage hovered over 60 percent last season for the first time in three years.
However, Eli’s agent, Tom Condon, believes the two-time Super Bowl champion should be commended on how he’s been able to handle the New York media all these years.
“The Giants have always been a solid organization, and Eli obviously is a unique human being and a terrific guy, so I think he’s uniquely suited to be the New York Giant quarterback,’’ Condon said Wednesday on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I don’t know of anybody else who could handle that New York media and the scrutiny and all the pressure that goes with that the way that he does. He’s truly is unflappable.’’
Eli is now 34, and there’s no indication that he will get better with age, as his brother did.