Report: Eli Manning Wants to Be Highest-Paid Player in the NFL

Report: Eli Manning Wants to Be Highest-Paid Player in the NFL

Giants quarterback wants to make more annually than Aaron Rodgers.

Published August 18, 2015

Eli Manning has one more Super Bowl championship ring than Aaron Rodgers. Now, he wants more money than Rodgers, too.

According to Ian Rapoport, National Insider for the NFL Network, the longtime New York Giants quarterback is vying to be the highest-paid player in the league.

One can't legitimately argue that Manning is top-five QB in the NFL and definitely not on par with Rodgers, yet that's not going to stop him from reportedly vying to be the league's top-paid player.

Rapoport is reporting that the Giants want to sign Manning to a new deal before the start of the season, but that might be unlikely due to the "significant gap" between the two sides. If the Giants use the franchise tag on Manning in 2016, they're headed to a $25 million payday for the 34-year-old quarterback.

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If the Giants don't pay up and give Manning more than Rodgers's annual figure of $22 million, they may have to front-load his contract extension as the San Diego Chargers recently did with QB Philip Rivers, giving him $65 million guaranteed as part of a four-year, $84 million deal.

Manning is coming off throwing for 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns in the 2014 season. In a recent ESPN ranking of NFL quarterbacks, Manning made the second tier of QBs, tied for 12th overall.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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