Eli Manning reportedly wants to be “highest-paid” player in the game

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With Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Philip Rivers each getting new deals with one year left on their prior ones, there’s one big-name quarterback entering his contract year.

No, not Sam Bradford.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has one year remaining on his second NFL contract. The Giants want to extend the deal before the start of the regular season. Manning reportedly wants to be the highest-paid player in the league.

That’s the word from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, and it’s not surprising. Here’s why.

More important than Manning’s base salary of $17 million in 2016 is his cap number of $19.75 million.

So if the Giants use the franchise tag on Manning in 2016, he’ll make 20 percent more than $19.75 million. Which (abacus engaged) equates to $23.7 million. Which is $1.7 million more than the current high-water mark of $22 million per year, set by Aaron Rodgers in 2013.

And that’s assuming the Giants simply use the non-exclusive version of the franchise tag. If they go exclusive, the number for 2016 will be closer to $25 million.

So why wouldn’t Eli want more than $22 million on a long-term deal? While it can be spun by the team that he’s looking to be the “highest-paid player in the league,” the truth is that Eli is simply trying to take fair advantage of the leverage his current deal creates.

That leverage consists of another 20-percent raise in 2017, when his franchise tender would be $28.44 million under the non-exclusive tag and roughly $30 million under the exclusive tag. That’s a $50.44 million minimum and a $55 million maximum over two years.

So why should Manning do a long-term deal that pays less than $50 million over the first two years?

If that $25 million per year annual average makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL, so be it. It’s not Manning’s fault that no one else has managed to exceed the $25 million barrier.

Besides, what alternative do the Giants have? They can pay Manning based on what the tag would give him in 2016 and 2017 — or they can roll the dice on trying to find another competent quarterback in a league without enough of them.

In other words, they can continue with Manning, or they can return to the revolving door that churned out the likes of Kerry Collins, Jesse Palmer, Kent Graham, Danny Kanell, and Dave Brown in the decade between Simms/Hostetler and Eli.

220 responses to “Eli Manning reportedly wants to be “highest-paid” player in the game

  1. Please. Get in line. Robert Griffin is going to get the big bucks before anyone else because he IS the Best QB in Pro Football PERIOD. Top 5 QBs in Pro Football – RGIII, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler and Dalton. In that order.

  2. Don’t forget Jared Lorenzen. 🙂

    That kind of money is beyond stupid. He was worth that kind of money 5 years ago. Today he is not.

  3. The most overrated player in league history now becomes the most overpaid player in league history…

  4. “So why should Manning do a long-term deal that pays less than $50 million over the first two years?”

    Because there is no guarantee that any team will pay him what the franchise tag would over 2 years. If the Giants and teh 31 other teams won’t making Manning the highest paid player, then the franchise numbers are meaningless in negotiations.

    The franchise tag isn’t always a starting point for negotiations. The team always has the option to let the player walk, so the tag isn’t the leverage you always make it out to be.

  5. Uh, how about just let the deal expire and let Eli be a free agent, and the Giants can offer him a deal then?

    You really think that if Eli’s contract expires and he’s a free & clear free agent, other teams will be offering him $23mill a year on a new contract?

  6. Giants should not touch this contract, franchise him for next 2 years and then see where he’s at. Bad business to give this guy a mega contract.

  7. The Giants kind of don’t have a choice in this one… With the amount of work(chemistry) Eli put in with the WR’s and really who else would you bring in… Eli kind of got the Giants by the balls on this one… Now I don’t expect Aaron Rodgers money however I can see him getting the strong second highest paid player in the league… Indeed…

  8. I think a man who truly loves football should want to be the best player in the league, and not the highest paid player.

  9. So why should Manning do a long-term deal that pays less than $50 million over the first two years?

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    because he is an average at best qb is the reason why.

  10. Here come the tired interception comments. Casting Aside the one clunker last year when our team was decimated, he threw 30 td and 8 ints. This new offense with the weapons we have, don’t be surprised at a 35 td 10 int 4500 slash line. There’s 10 teams that would pay him $25M tomorrow if they could.

  11. @nh pats

    Kind of like the 14 he threw last season with a brand new offensive coordinator, completely new offense, horrible OL, and one healthy WR to throw to?

  12. Supposedly the only sticking point is that Eli wants the Giants to retain his personal “deflators,” the Skiba Brothers who’s football preparation work was detailed in the NY Times “Eli Manning’s Footballs Months in the Making”

    What makes them the best, in addition to inflating and deflating the footballs repeatedly to break them in (hence the term “deflator”) is that they protect Manning’s game day footballs like a hawk

    They proudly state that they never leave them alone for a second before the game for fear an official might steal them like the officials stole footballs in the Patriots/Colts AFC Championship game (kindof funny how Goodell never had Wells investigate their own officials stealing approved footballs and replacing them with non-approved footballs in the DeflateGate game. The Haters have surely deluded themselves that’s not a big deal)

    I’d not be shocked if the Skiba took them into the bathroom with them rather than leave them unattended.

    Of course the sticking point is that Eli Manning and the Skiba Brothers were involved in a scheme selling fake game-day footballs, helmets and jerseys to charities. But then again, the Giants aren’t as successful as the Patriots so no one cares.

    Sadly the last thing we can allow in the NFL is players and equipment personnel with the same low integrity of the Commissioner, so the Skiba Brothers should probably be let go.

  13. Eli has won 2 Super Bowls and deserves more credit then he gets. He’s tough and shows up in big games. That said, his inconsistent performance in the regular season is enough to pay him top 10 money, not top 1 money.

  14. Good for you Eli go get your money….Rivers will take home 35 million this yr guaranteed at the end of his career and has never played in a Divisional Championship game…Eli has won 2 SB go get your money Eli…

  15. 2 rings, a career 17 td to 8 int’s in the playoffs and coming off his lowest int total since 2008 with his highest TD total since 2010 I’d say it’s a good time to be in the last year of his contract.

  16. logicalvoicepft says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:13 AM
    Please. Get in line. Robert Griffin is going to get the big bucks before anyone else because he IS the Best QB in Pro Football PERIOD. Top 5 QBs in Pro Football – RGIII, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler and Dalton. In that order.

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    What are you smoking? RGIII, Stafford, Cutler, and Dalton don’t belong in the same sentence with Aaron Rodgers.
    They are also inferior to Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, and Philip Rivers, too.
    Even Eli is better than RGIII.

  17. Eli Manning is the biggest violator of the shield going if you respect fairness and parity. He is one of only two players to ever spurn decades of NFL tradition by refusing to go to the team that earned his draft rights. Instead of working with the hand he was dealt like every other player, he arranged with his dad’s assistance to go to a team with a championship pedigree and proven coach. (The #1 draft pick insisted on going to the #1 market ). Meanwhile little known 199th selection named Tom Brady turned a joke franchise into a juggernaut.

  18. Does stand in contrast to all the players who ask to be the lowest paid at their position. Like Cooley and … um …..

  19. And here we go. Way to go Seattle. Let the mediocre quarterback signing to ridiculously high contracts commence!

  20. I understand he’s a “franchise QB” but I’m not sure he deserves to be the highest paid player in the league. He just has way too many games where he’s horrendous. For example, the game with 5 INTs against SF where he had a passer rating of 36.6. Still, last year was a vast improvement over 2013 where he had 18TDs and 27INTs and six games with a passer rating under 60. Still, the Giants really have no choice so Eli has them over a barrel. Still, with the salary cap at $143.28M for 2015, I can’t imagine giving your erratic QB approximately 15% of the cap. What’s even worse is to tie yourself down to a number that continues to increase which guarantees less money for the rest of the team. When you start going down that road, it usually ends in a dead end.

  21. You could argue the fact that Eli is an “average” qb but here is the issue..the market dictates the high contracts. If a qb who has won nothing or a few playoff games (Dalton,Rivers, Kaepernick) can get contracts from 80-100 million dollars than a 2 time SB champion qb should be paid more IMO.

  22. gotitan says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:25 AM

    And here comes all of the Pats fans crying about how great their cheater of a QB is and how they have so many tainted rings.

    Because the Titans have so many more! Lol.

  23. brady is the GOAT…..think of this brady has more rings than both gumps put together…..dang I love me some brady

    #freetombrady
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    It’s a real shame that his and the Patriots achievements have been tainted by institutional cheating over the BB era, isn’t it?

    Just think of all the cheating that wasn’t caught that they got away with. Like messing with the headsets of opposing teams visiting Foxborough. Sad state of pro sports these days.

  24. A negotiating position based on current QB contract and tag numbers makes sense. Likewise ‘Eli wants to be the highest paid’ is a natural thing for the team to put out there. The tenor of the article here is definitely on point, it’s just positioning. The numbers are simply representative of what the position commands. The definition of market value: What someone is willing to pay.

    As a Giants guy reading the list of guys that preceded Eli in that last paragraph made me realize I should probably appreciate him more than I do but somehow just don’t.

  25. logicalvoicepft says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:13 AM

    Please. Get in line. Robert Griffin is going to get the big bucks before anyone else because he IS the Best QB in Pro Football PERIOD. Top 5 QBs in Pro Football – RGIII, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler and Dalton. In that order.
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    That bozo can’t stay healthy long enough to be the best at anything. He’ll be out of the league in 5 years or LESS.

  26. logicalvoicepft says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:13 AM
    Please. Get in line. Robert Griffin is going to get the big bucks before anyone else because he IS the Best QB in Pro Football PERIOD. Top 5 QBs in Pro Football – RGIII, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler and Dalton. In that order.

    bobby couldn’t carry Eli’s jock. He has been playing 3 years and has WHAT to show for it. Name me ONE running QB that has won a Super Bowl. Zero, nada, none. not one. Dream on little boy. One year wonder. The only reason he is still on the team is that loonie owner Snyder broke the bank to get him. The laughing stock of the NFC East. At least as bad as jerry is, his team did win the NFC East. GO BIG BLUE.

  27. arpy911 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:23 AM

    Two rings. Never missed a game in 11 years. Pay the man.
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    He’s getting over the 35 year-old mark, and the most recent ring was four years ago. Do you really think that he’s not going to miss games going forward? Plus, no intelligent business would pay someone based on prior performance – especially not $25M per year.

  28. He should take less because no player is worth that much of a teams limited salary cap.

    As a Dallas fan, I hope he doesn’t take less and hamstrings the teams finances.

  29. Who cares really? It’s only money. I want to see the flop hit the fan on Wednesday when The Deflator testifies, under oath that Brady told him to let the air out of those balls after they were inspected and approved for play by the officials. Then Brady will say it was Belichick’s idea, and BB will say Kraft told him to do it.

  30. Quarterbacks make about 10-12 percent of the team’s total salary. As the cap goes up, quarterback salaries will go up with it, likely keeping at this same percentage. So, if the cap goes up 10 million, starting QBs get a million dollar per year raise.

    How many millions are enough? At today’s cap, 2 percent less represents about three million a year. Just imagine a QB who’s willing to take a measly 8 percent and the extra pass-rushing standout LB that team can now keep.

  31. Love ya, Eli! But, money doesn’t equal respect. Come out big and kick a** this year. Silence the haters.

  32. because he is an average at best qb is the reason why
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    Until the $$$ is on the line on the NFL’s biggest stage with all the pressure in the world on him with less than 3 minutes left. In those situations he’s proven twice he’s the best in the business. Two super bowl MVP trophies aren’t earned by average QB’s. How many Super Bowls has your teams QB won herkiehawks?

  33. jvw1982 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:29 AM

    Good for you Eli go get your money….Rivers will take home 35 million this yr guaranteed at the end of his career and has never played in a Divisional Championship game…Eli has won 2 SB go get your money Eli…
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    Actually, Rivers played injured in the 2007 AFCCG.

  34. Of course this is all just grandstanding. If he wants to get a favorable deal, he’s got to make his initial demands as absurd as possible…

  35. And Tom Brady continues to screw up the league’s salary structure by playing for $9 million, just because he wants to win. No wonder the NFL is going after him.

  36. RGIII “I’m the best” Eli “I should be paid the most” what’s next? Romo for president? She-girls QB becomes first transgender starter? Rob Ryan claims he is a D-coordinator????

  37. buttfumbles says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:37 AM

    How in the world did this guy win two super bowls??

    49ers and Packers choking in NFC Championship Games, good defense against the Patriots, and 2 circus WR catches. He did not “win” 2 Super Bowls but I guess he did not lose them either.

  38. Love your tears Gronk87. 18-1 is nothing to be ashamed about. When you had the chance to avenge the 1st loss, you guys couldn’t do it. The defense didn’t get a game winning turnover or score any points for the win in either game. Eli whipped your boy twice going the length of the field to score TD’s each time. Bottom line is the genius in the hoody couldn’t stop Eli when it mattered.

  39. So much Brady hate everywhere, but no one recognizes when he takes his pay cuts to help his team win. Meanwhile you have guys like Eli wanting ridiculous contracts

  40. I like the guy.

    He was clutch at the end of two super bowls.

    I would definitely see what I could get in a trade before giving him an extension in the neighborhood he wants.

  41. The flaws in the argument for using the double franchise tag maximums as the negotiating floor is that there is no guarantee that the player will be tagged twice at this point and the franchise tag assumes the player is in the top 5 at his position.

    Any player with one year left on his deal has a huge incentive to sign a long term extension right now, because anything could happen in the next two years. He could get seriously injured on the field. His performance could drop off for a variety of reasons. His skills may erode. Or, as we’ve seen over the past couple of off-seasons, he could get injured in a car accident or other freak event.

    The use of the double franchise tag maximums as a negotiating floor is full of holes and it is skewing player salaries out of control, especially when it is used on players that are not in the top 5 at their position.

    Players like Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton should not be paid in the same neighborhood as players like Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees.

    Where does Eli Maning fit into the equation? He’s probably a top 10 QB based on his playoff performances, but he’s certainly not in the top 5, so he doesn’t deserve to be paid that way. On the other hand, how can the Giants justify paying him less than Tannehill, Wilson, and Newton?

    The franchise tag system has backfired on the owners and created huge paydays for mediocre players.

  42. I’d say “the revolving door” would be a good idea. Revolving doors are not too expensive and they throw just as many interceptions.

  43. quickbooks12 says:Aug 18, 2015 10:53 AM

    So much Brady hate everywhere, but no one recognizes when he takes his pay cuts to help his team win. Meanwhile you have guys like Eli wanting ridiculous contracts
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    He takes the pay cut because he couldn’t play on any other team in the NFL. They don’t cheat, only way Brady plays and is successful is if he cheats.

  44. This guy is serviceable at best… no where close to being the highest paid qb. He’s gotten so lucky.

  45. Dear GOD..

    Please let this happen.

    Please let him ink a $25 million dollar / year 10 year contract fully guaranteed

  46. schmitty2 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:36 AM
    You could argue the fact that Eli is an “average” qb but here is the issue..the market dictates the high contracts. If a qb who has won nothing or a few playoff games (Dalton,Rivers, Kaepernick) can get contracts from 80-100 million dollars than a 2 time SB champion qb should be paid more IMO.

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    Using your logic the Giants should pay Joe Montana top dollar. A team does not pay a guy based on what they did in the past…..they look at what they expect in the future. Are Eli’s best days ahead of him? Given that the Giants have made the playoffs once in the last six seasons I’d say not….

  47. Brady’s salary is 8 million. It allows WINNING! Not that a Manning near his prime is ever going to leave one dime on the table.

  48. I am sure everyone in the game wants to be the highest paid player in the game. The reality is, without that Giants D he had for so long Manning would have no rings. Eli is 70% as good as his older brother, don’t pay him more than that or you’re damn fools.

  49. Its a good thing for him the NY Giants are around. No one else would be paying him that kind of money based on chucking up a couple prayers that his WRs made great plays on. (And Rodney Harrison misplayed)

  50. Rodgers , Brees and Eli have all played in exactly 11 post season games. Guess which two are both 6-5, with 1 SB win each? Yep, Brees and Rodgers. Guess who is 8-3, with 2 SB wins? Yep, Eli. So, suck on that, haters.

  51. The 2 guys who caught the lousy passes he threw to win those 2 Super Bowls should get the money, not him!

  52. I have absolutely zero respect for any player whose main contract demand is to be the highest paid player at his position/in the league. It does not matter what position they play or what team they are on.

    That said, even Eli must know he is not worth anywhere close to the league’s most lucrative contract. The negotiating plan that the author has continually pushed fails to take into consideration declining play, cap numbers or the team’s willingness to overpay. Using the tag and the raise percentage is a fallacy. It is assumed that he would get that much on the free market. It is not going to happen. Eli on the market would get in the range of Cutler/Dalton/Tannehill money–not 22-25 million per year

  53. Dude is 34. If he deserves it after this year, franchise him and then talk contract. The team holds the cards here, I think, and would be smart to wait him out. It isn’t like he’s irreplaceable and it isn’t like he has any real interest in playing outside NY.

  54. When’s the last time you won a playoff game Eli ? You don’t underpreform your current contract and expect to get more.It don’t work like that. If I was Giants GM I would let him go seek for that deal elsewhere and just sign him for less,because he’s just not worth that much.

  55. noteamforlosangeles says:
    Aug 18, 2015 11:22 AM
    Eli may not be a great quarterback…but any player who ruins Patriots seasons has my respect (Bernard Pollard would probably be a close second)

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    Yes….given that your team stinks I can see why all you have is cheering for another team to fail….

  56. Go ahead and make selfish Eli the highest paid player, thereby handcuffing the organization from acquiring future free agents and resigning their other players.

    If you want to win a Championship, you must accept a fair amount. But apparently Eli just wants to pad his bank account which is already worth tens of millions.

  57. I’d like to be the highest paid player in the NFL also…but I’m willing to settle for league minimum.

  58. ELI MANNING YESTERDAY – “It’s not important to me. I gotta do a job. I’m working and making sure this team is going in the right direction and we win more games and we have success and we get back to making the playoffs and that’s important to me, that’s what I’m focused on,” Manning said.

    “If there are discussions going on, I’m not in those discussions. I just don’t think there’s a whole lot of point worrying about it,” he added. “I got things I have to do, get ready for practice every day and that’s what I’m focused on.”

  59. I am not a Manning fan but in fairness (a rare commodity on the PFT boards) Eli himself has never said he wants to be the highest paid player He has repeatedly refused to talk about his contract situation at all. This is his agent leaking this information, purely as a negotiating tactic — just as was done with Russell Wilson a few weeks ago. Welcome to the business of professional football.

    In the end, the Giants will pay Manning commensurate with what Roethlisberger and Rivers got. They simply have no choice.

  60. “You really think that if Eli’s contract expires and he’s a free & clear free agent, other teams will be offering him $23mill a year on a new contract?”

    If you’re the Browns, Texans, Jets, Bills, or heck maybe even the Broncos if Peyton retires you probably do. Eli while a little shaky as of late is still better than anything the Browns, Texans, Bills, or Jets have had in many many years!

    You make that move, you might just get back to the post season and stop wasting first round draft picks on QB busts. (Looking at you Browns!)

  61. Manning is on a down fall! The man will lead the league in interceptions and he isn’t worth the money!

    He is just using his name for the win fall for a better contract and wants more after seeing contracts like Wilson and rivers making big bucks!

    The little men would be stupid to pay him big bucks!

  62. You’d think that QBs of all people would take less so that someone else can be signed, like the big guys who protect him from roided up linebackers or someone who can catch the ball.

  63. i love the interception jokes….guess most people missed him throwing 9 in 15 games last year (5 in San Fran dumpster fire) in the first year of a new offense which say him have only one major weapon available to him and everyone knew he was gonna get the ball yet he still got it in there…..yeah he’s garbage…………

  64. He does not deserve it. If Odell Beckham, Jr. Did not have a rookie weight scale contract, Manning would have to give half of his money to Beckham. Manning would be nothing without Beckham today. Manning is the most excessively dependent quarterback with a supposedly successful resume. What is worse is that he loses one offensive lineman and his whole season is ruined.

    Winning is not playing. The dictionary even would clarify this. Eli Manning is no winner. The Giants are former winners and Eli was a part of those winning teams because football is a team sport. Do you really think this guy can carry your team on his back?

  65. I hope they pay him. His contract will finalize anybody having to hear about the Giants ever being a contender again for the length of his contract.

    Do it for everybody Eli! Bet on yourself!

  66. nhpats says:
    Aug 18, 2015 11:04 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:36 AM
    You could argue the fact that Eli is an “average” qb but here is the issue..the market dictates the high contracts. If a qb who has won nothing or a few playoff games (Dalton,Rivers, Kaepernick) can get contracts from 80-100 million dollars than a 2 time SB champion qb should be paid more IMO.

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    Using your logic the Giants should pay Joe Montana top dollar. A team does not pay a guy based on what they did in the past…..they look at what they expect in the future. Are Eli’s best days ahead of him? Given that the Giants have made the playoffs once in the last six seasons I’d say not….

    You’re partially wrong. Yes they pay for what they expect in the future but they also pay for past performance. Dalton made the Wildcard game 3 times and got paid, Kaepernick went to 2 straight NFC title games and 1 SB. Wilson got paid for 2 straight SB’s.

  67. As a FORWARD THINKING Eagles fan, for the love of God I hope the Giants don’t give him that kind of contract, although given the other contracts to quarterbacks lately it isn’t ridiculous.

    Reason being that Eli has already shown signs of being past his prime. ODB JR. is big time for sure, but besides him and maybe Cruz or others in the wide receiving corps, that team is kind of in shambles. If they give Eli that kind of contract, I’m sure there will be constructed in a way to limit any dead money hit after a season or two when Eli will certainly be falling apart. The rest of that team outside of their receivers will be kind of useless and they will be in a prime position to be drafting a big time quarterback as they would likely be in the bottom of the league.

    No I’d rather the Giants be stuck right where they are hovering maybe a hair below the middle of the pack. They’d be forced to be on the middling quarterback carousel for years in that case.

    As an Eagles fan, I’d rather them not fall completely apart, thereby making it harder for them to land an elite quarterback of the future.

  68. billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:58 AM
    quickbooks12 says:Aug 18, 2015 10:53 AM

    So much Brady hate everywhere, but no one recognizes when he takes his pay cuts to help his team win. Meanwhile you have guys like Eli wanting ridiculous contracts
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    He takes the pay cut because he couldn’t play on any other team in the NFL. They don’t cheat, only way Brady plays and is successful is if he cheats.

    Riiiiiight….that’s why he owns your sorry a$$ Bills! He “cheated”

  69. Guy has more turnovers than anyone in the entire nfl!!!! Fact! But he threw some jump balls that receivers made incredible catches on as the defense dominated their way to 2 Super Bowls so he deserves more money. He is and always will be a joke.

  70. He should get more than Wilson and Newton… the guy has two superbowls. I mean it’s all about superbowls, right? If it’s not then I guess Romo is a top 3 QB.

  71. tb12x4 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:13 AM

    brady is the GOAT…..think of this brady has more rings than both gumps put together…..dang I love me some brady

    #freetombrady

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    Sorry to break it to you but Joe Montana is the greatest all-time QB. He was 4-0 in Super Bowls and didn’t throw an INT in any of those games.

    One of the so-called Gumps beat Tom Brady not only once but twice in Super Bowls didn’t he? Just wow.

  72. Because there is no guarantee that any team will pay him what the franchise tag would over 2 years. If the Giants and teh 31 other teams won’t making Manning the highest paid player, then the franchise numbers are meaningless in negotiations.

    The franchise tag isn’t always a starting point for negotiations. The team always has the option to let the player walk, so the tag isn’t the leverage you always make it out to be.

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    I don’t know. At QB, I think it is. As a Bills fan, I’ve experienced how long it can take to find a competent QB in this league…Bears, Raiders, Browns, Jags, etc fans would agree. Quality QB’s (even if you don’t think Eli is elite anymore, he is a quality QB) simply don’t enter the FA market without major injury concerns. If he did, the price would skyrocket from the resulting bidding war. The Giants will pay him whatever it takes, because they don’t have any viable replacement option.

  73. Is Eli elite? Current stats say no. He’s been digressing past years. Time for a new look at QB for the Giants and giving him more money is not the answer as they’ll need he money to get and keep talent in other key positions around. His arm won’t win games anymore.
    Yep, and I’m a Niner fan….

  74. schmitty2 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 12:10 PM
    nhpats says:
    Aug 18, 2015 11:04 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:36 AM
    You could argue the fact that Eli is an “average” qb but here is the issue..the market dictates the high contracts. If a qb who has won nothing or a few playoff games (Dalton,Rivers, Kaepernick) can get contracts from 80-100 million dollars than a 2 time SB champion qb should be paid more IMO.

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    Using your logic the Giants should pay Joe Montana top dollar. A team does not pay a guy based on what they did in the past…..they look at what they expect in the future. Are Eli’s best days ahead of him? Given that the Giants have made the playoffs once in the last six seasons I’d say not….

    You’re partially wrong. Yes they pay for what they expect in the future but they also pay for past performance. Dalton made the Wildcard game 3 times and got paid, Kaepernick went to 2 straight NFC title games and 1 SB. Wilson got paid for 2 straight SB’s.

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    Wilson, Kapernick and Dalton are young. Their best years are arguably in front of them. Eli, not so much. Moreover, SF was stupid to pay Kapernick and are likely wishing they had not. Just because other teams are foolish enough to overpay a player does not imply the Giants should be just as foolish.

  75. Only as good as yesterday and the market pays for that only. His days have come and gone. Investing in the future with promising talent is a risk but a better risk than declining talent.

    Paying for something that happened suck a long long time ago is foolish. The talent pool is thin for elite QB’s but teams need to gamble to the future.

  76. I am in no way saying that he deserves that kind of money, but ya have to admit that when he makes the playoffs he becomes a hard to beat tough a## baller. Peyton? Not so much.

  77. Fans of every team…especially the contenders….pop champagne like the 72 Dolphins each year the Giants are eliminated from playoff contention.

    That’s how you know your QB is worth the money he wants.

    Cheers!

  78. No one should be allowed to mention his name along side Rodgers. I mean honestly does anyone really think he’s even better than his brother who’s in his twilight years? Eli is just a shell of the QB that “helped” the Giants win 2 Super Bowls.

  79. Drew Bledsoe made a lot of money and then he got hurt. A kid named Brady stepped in and that was it for Bledsoe. Eli better hope he stays healthy because his backup is better than he is. I think Eli is a fine QB, just like Bledsoe was. But the backup is better, just like Brady was.

  80. A million for every interception would make him the highest paid QB by far. Eli needs a change of scenery like his big bro.

    If Eli leaves big blue, where does he go? Cardinals? or let this blow your mind – DENVER!!!

  81. Been Giant fan for 60 years, I see better QB IN THE NFL , Eli might be in the top 10, but not the highest paid QB.

  82. 18-1 will haunt patriots fans to the grave hahaha give Eli 100 million a year for doing the world a favor and beating the patriots

  83. Well, he has as many rings as Peyton and Russell put together soooooo…..yeah, I think I can see what he would want that.

  84. What is the big deal with being “The Highest Paid” don’t these clowns realize that taking a little less and leaving some room to resign some good talent to keep around you is more important than squeezing every dime you can out of an organization and then not having enough around you to go all the way. Making that much money I would value taking a little less for a better chance to win more consistently.

  85. Eli stats and sbs speak for himself.. If you idiots read what he’s gonna get if he’s franchised for 2 years he would make more a year and if u get rid of him u have a situation like jets bills ect….

  86. There is no way the Gmen are going to let him play out his contract and become a FA. He will have 10 teams bidding on his services day one.

    I am very happy with Eli Manning. While inconsistent at times, he has delivered on more then a couple occasions when he is needed most.

    Look at the recent contract signings for guys who haven’t delivered anything yet.

  87. If he can get it good for him but if I was the owner I would need to think about it. That’s a lot of money for a QB that hasn’t delivered in a while.

  88. If I’m the Giants I let him walk for that. I don’t think the teams that have enough cap room to spend $20 million on a quarterback are going to spend $20 million on an aging Eli Manning.

  89. Eli is a good QB. No doubt a franchise type guy. However, i think his two superbowls were won by defense. He did have two miracle throws in eachof those. But lets be real, if they were not miracle throws, he wouldnt be throwing so many boneheaded picks during season. He doesnt deserve in any way to get that money. Be happy with what you have.

  90. As a Pats fan, I respect what Eli has done when his team gets to the playoffs, but the problem is that they’re not there year in and year out, and Eli has had some pretty bad regular season years. I don’t think he’s close to being entitled to be the highest paid player in the NFL. The Giants may accommodate him, and they may not have any realistic option other than to do so, but there are still several other quarterbacks I’d rather have to start the season than him.

  91. Give Archie credit. His royal sperm created 2 good QBs who never ever play for a discount. They always demand top dollar, regardless of performance.

  92. giants1080 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 1:22 PM
    Eli stats and sbs speak for himself.. If you idiots read what he’s gonna get if he’s franchised for 2 years he would make more a year and if u get rid of him u have a situation like jets bills ect….

    ———–
    I believe the Jets have made the playoffs more often than the Giants in the last six years.

  93. ggreen657 says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:50 AM

    And Tom Brady continues to screw up the league’s salary structure by playing for $9 million, just because he wants to win. No wonder the NFL is going after him.
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    Tom seems like a “team” kinda guy, but even though taking less is admirable, you have to admit that he has it easier than anyone in that regard. No other NFL player has a wife that makes 5x his annual pay. Tom can give quite a home-town discount and still take home 50 Million as a family. It’s not as easy for the average NFL guy whose wife might be a nurse, a teacher, whatever…

  94. reading the majority of the comments here its quite clear the majority simply clicked the article and immediately went to post comments …. lol sad… he has the leverage .. much like how Fitz n Calvin got their huge contracts .. it matters what the tag will pay you otherwise y sign for less? exactly and his tag will bring a HUGE chunk of cash in first 2 years unless the Giants can match that with a deal for the first 2 years whats the point in him signing for less to take a pay cut? when he can refuse and get tagged n collect 55 million over the next 2 years… not his fault

  95. buttfumbles says:Aug 18, 2015 10:37 AM

    How in the world did this guy win two super bowls??
    ———————————————————-In ’07 it was far and away more about that defense than anything Eli did.

    In ’11 NE was Seahawk like in that they did more to lose the game at the end than anything NY did to win

  96. When word was going around prior to the draft that the Chargers were thinking about trading Philip Rivers, numerous teams were interested. A number of teams called and asked about trading to get Rivers.

    No teams asked about trading to get Eli Manning.

  97. nhpats says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:12 AM
    He is also going to throw the most interceptions in the NFL for many seasons to come….

    ———————————————————–

    …and also beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Twice.

    *drops mic*

  98. Please. Get in line. Robert Griffin is going to get the big bucks before anyone else because he IS the Best QB in Pro Football PERIOD. Top 5 QBs in Pro Football – RGIII, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler and Dalton. In that order.

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    RGIII ,Cutler are nowhere near the top 5 Rodgers is top two Dalton and Stafford maybe top 10 with your list Eli is not the only bad comedian

  99. Winning a Superbowl is a great accomplishment, but hardly means he is worth being paid as the highest paid QB in the NFL.

    *Picks mic back up and hands it to Luckyarmpit”

  100. nhpats says:
    Aug 18, 2015 3:01 PM

    I believe the Jets have made the playoffs more often than the Giants in the last six years.

    ———————————————————–
    But when the Giants make the playoffs, they make it count. Two Superbowl wins within the past 8 years… is much easier on the ears then a Jet’s fan mentioning a team that hasn’t been to the Superbowl since the 1960’s.

  101. I truly hope this report is accurate…as an Eagles fan it is always great we get to play Eli twice per year…would be even better if the Giants waste millions to keep him around another 5 years. I would be shocked if Eli ever wins another playoff game, because the Giants will likely finish third in their division for the next few years.

    Eagles have won 13 of the last 20 games verse the Giants, mostly thanks to Eli , he rarely plays well against the Eagles. Granted he plays great in the playoffs…but don’t see how Coughlin can get them back into the playoffs.

  102. Ever heard Eli interviewed? It sounds something like this:

    Yeah I think, you know, that I deserve, you know, to be paid, you know, the most, you know, money of any QB in the, you know, league.

    I heard him one day while driving in my car and in a 2 minute sound bite, I counted 24 “you knows”.

    I kid you not, you know.

    One thing’s for sure. When he retires, we will not have to worry about him becoming an analyst. Because he can’t put a sentence together without saying, “you know” a coupe of times. If someone hires him, he’ll be worse than Emmitt Smith was.

  103. WORST QB ever to win two Super Bowl!!! And 2 super bowl MVP’s on top of it. He got, I can’t even use the term HOT at right time. Go 9-7 and win the Big One is a joke!!!

  104. If Eli gets $25M, Aaron Rodgers should get at least $50M. There’s no comparison. Eli is very average, if that, while Rodgers is currently the best and among the best ever.

  105. Threw something like 43 interceptions last two years. Giants 6-10 last year, and the 6 wins were against teams that did not make the playoffs. That’s not the best QB. That’s not elite. That’s not even competent.

  106. LOL, pretty soon every Sunday we’ll be tuning into our teams games but what it is going to be now is just a bunch of players on the field with their lawyers and agents being cheered on by fans in the stands as they watch both teams and players try to make new contract deals live. They dont even need to play anymore.

    flags and penalties will be thrown for “premature briefcase dropping”, “suggestive financial encroachment”, and “roughing the notary”.

    lol, go ahead pay these guys what they want. apparently the extra $7-10mil is more important and means more to these guys than a Super Bowl and championships. Because they obviously have absolutely NO desires or cares about “building championship teams”. as long as they get their $100mill it doesnt matter that the team can now only afford to pay every other position $50 a game.

    I dont know it its Free Agency thats killing this or…? but its getting more and more rare to see great players building with a team anymore. players arent loyal or have team pride anymore. Just about every SuperBowl win has been bought lately. more and more you see players jump ship for bigger money to whatever team can get them a ring faster before they retire, rather than stick with their team and actually “BUILD A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM”

    remember guys like Barry Sanders, where ANY other team would’ve paid whatever they could at any moment, but he stuck behind his Lions till the end.

    i dunno maybe its just me, but it seems like if I was a game changing player who was with a team for 9-10 years then decided to sign with another team for a year or 2 to get a ring before i retired. i dont think that ring would mean a lot to me.

    but If I got that ring with the team that I worked and helped build for 9-10 years…that ring would feel SO good forever.

    it just seems players these days have this mentality that they themselves deserve a ring regardless of their team, and fans and media are encouraging and enabling this idea more and more.

  107. ^^^ lol kind of got lost in the thought circus but relating to Eli Manning, yes at least he’s stuck with his Giants his whole career when there are handfuls of teams who would give a lot for him at any moment.

    but Doesnt this just scream CounterProductive? the idea of wanting to be the highest paid player seems like it would just immediately do more harm to your team. Don’t these guys, (Russell Wilson, Suh, Watt etc.) want great and talented players around them? And as a “TEAM LEADER” wouldnt you feel even a little awkward when standing out on the field trying to rally and get the ball too and win games realizing that because you wanted the biggest salary in the game now youre getting sacked 5 times a game and whoever you get ball too fumbles it or runs the wrong way lol, because you’re just not gonna get much out of players that you can only afford to pay minimum.

  108. Please NY – please sign Manning to $200M for 10 years. This combined with Griffin remaining with Washington until he retires and Kelly getting an extension in Philly means that Dallas will have uncontested dominance of the East for years to come.

  109. When Eli won those Super Bowls. Everything for the Giants clicked. Good line , good receivers , good ground game and good D. It hasn’t been the case these last few years. Blame the GM or the coach and some blame for Eli. The Giants front office think these things are under control. Well we’ll see how the first 4-5 games go. Anyway go Cowboys!!

  110. logicalvoicepft says:
    Aug 18, 2015 10:13 AM
    Please. Get in line. Robert Griffin is going to get the big bucks before anyone else because he IS the Best QB in Pro Football PERIOD. Top 5 QBs in Pro Football – RGIII, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler and Dalton. In that order.

    ________________________________________

    …Yeah, because top 5 quarterbacks get benched in favor of other quarterbacks that lead their team directly to the cellar of their division. Good luck with that, bud.

    Mean while, Dallas re-assumes their throne at the top of the NFC East. Have fun fighting it out with Tebow and Chip Kelly for last place in the NFC East.

    1. Cowboys
    2. Giants
    3. Eagles
    4. Redskins

    Book it.

  111. The real question is, how mad are the people on this chat about Eli wanting to be paid? Are you more or less mad then when he won his first ring? What about his second?

    Listen to you fools making excuses about why he won his rings. Trent Dilfer? Yeah right. He opened the Super bowl in 2011 by completing his first 10 of 10 passes, which was a Superbowl record. He DOMINATED the Packers and Falcons in the divisional round. He hung tough against the 49ers, didn’t make the big mistake most did against that defense in 2010. Go cry.

  112. Only active QB with TWO super bowl MVP’s.
    His playoff winning percentage is:
    Postseason GS W L T winning %
    Eli Manning 11 8 3 0 0.727

    Besides Joe Montana, how many other QB’s have brought their team down in the last 2-3 minutes to score TD’s to win super bowls? Montana did it once. Eli did it twice. Once against the team everyone was calling the greatest team of all time in the 2007 18-0 Patriots.

    Dan Marino’s playoff stats:
    His postseason record is 8-10 with 32 TD’s & 24 int’s of his 18 postseason games Marino threw at least 1 int in 13 of the 18 postseason games he played. he threw TWO ints in 10 of his 18 career playoff games. the Dolphins were 1-9 in the 10 multi int games marino appeared in.

    The Eli hate will continue but in the last 2-3 minutes when the $$$ is on the line on the NFL’s biggest stage needing a TD to win, there has been no one better in NFL history in that spot than Eli Manning.

  113. His 2007 and 2011 playoff performances were clutch.

    The only problem is, his other 9 years weren’t. Can’t get his team there, and loses when he does. Interception machine. Not elite.

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