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Manning Motivated by Money

AaronRodgersAccording to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, a two-time Super Bowl winner is looking to sign a contract extension before Week 1 that will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL. What would it take to make him the highest paid player in the NFL? Aaron Rodgers currently has the highest average annual salary at $22.0 million per year. So, Eli Manning believes that he is better than any other player in the NFL, or at least he should get paid that way.

Although Manning is nowhere near the top of the QB ranks entering the upcoming season, he still has decent leverage in contract negotiations. He’s won two Super Bowl rings for the Giants and has stayed injury free for 11 seasons. In addition, Manning’s agent has argued that he doesn’t know of “anybody who could handle that New York media and the scrutiny and all the pressure that goes with that the way that [Manning] does.”

bigBen2As it stands, Manning will make $17 million in the final year of his contract before becoming a free agent next season. How does that stack up to the other quarterbacks with similiar skill sets? Philip Rivers recently renegotiated a contract with the Chargers so that he will make a whopping $65 million in guaranteed money as part of his new 4-year, $83 million deal. Ben Roethlisberger received a 4-year, $87.4 million extension back in March. All three quarterbacks are members of the 2004 draft class, and these recent contracts are fairly or unfairly influencing Manning’s request for a big extension.

But with the signifigant drop-off of quarterback talent around the league, the Giants may not be happy to overpay for him, but they may be forced to.The question is how much. Ian Rapoport reported that there is still a “significant gap” between what Manning wants and what the Giants are offering.

With less than a month until the Giants kick off their season against Dallas on September 13, both sides will likely figure out a way to front load a new contract for Manning, or give him a ton of guaranteed money, so that Manning can technically say he’s the highest paid quarterback even though his salary won’t really come close to the yearly salary of Aaron Rodgers.

But, I do not understand why it is so important for athletes to be “the highest paid.” I would think it would be better to be the best on the field, or the best in the eyes of your piers. Money is not everything, unless you are an athlete. And that is what is wrong with sports and their superstars.

Is this the real Eli Manning, or is it bad comedian Eli Manning?

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