Eli Manning Wants To Become NFL's Highest-Paid Player

Eli Manning wants to become the NFL’s highest-paid player. 

This is what Manning wants when he signs his next contract extension with the New York Giants. There’s a “significant gap” between the two sides.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on this development on Monday. NFL.com released an update on the same day. 

Rapoport said the gap is unlikely going to close soon. 

Manning reportedly wants more than $20 million per season. That deal comes with more than $60 million in guaranteed money. The Giants are offering “significantly less,” per The New York Daily News

Manning and his agent Tom Condon are aware they could be in for a $25 million contract this season. This is the amount the Giants will offer if they place the franchise tag on Manning, per NFL.com. 

Giants president and CEO John Mara wants a deal done before the start of the 2015 NFL season. He emphasized this to the The New York Daily News on Monday:

“We’re going to try to lock him up. We’re still having discussions with his agent and our goal is to still try to reach a contract with him, hopefully before the regular season starts or as soon thereafter as possible. 

“There is no deadline on it right now.” 

Manning will earn $17 million in the 2015 NFL season. This is part of the six-year, $97.5 million extension he signed six years ago, per ESPN

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the league’s highest-paid quarterback. He earns an annual average salary of $22 million, per ESPN.

Several big-name quarterbacks have agreed to contract extensions. None of theirs exceeds Rodgers’.  

Here are their average annual values, per ESPN:


  • Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, $21.9 million
  • Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, $21.85 million
  • Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, $20.81 million
  • Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, $20.76 million
Manning is a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. He said he wants to become better by taking care of his body. This was what he told Giants.com’s Michael Eisen on Aug. 6:
“I think just always looking for a way to get better. That’s the goal. You can’t get stuck in your ways. I think that’s everybody, Coach (Tom) Coughlin and for me. Just looking for an opportunity to learn more about how to stay stronger, how to get an arm stronger, how to maintain your body, how to eat better. 

“I think everything, especially as you get older, you start listening to your body a little bit more. Understanding what works, trying to eliminate the soreness and feeling tired or getting worn down, and taking care of your body a little bit more. So it’s that whole process.”
Manning also told Eisen he wants to improve his arm strength this season:
“It feels good, it feels live right now. I think that’s the goal — keep it strong, keep it healthy. I think a lot of times training camp is the most difficult time, when you are throwing the most consecutive practices in a row. 

“Less off days, less rest days. It’s a time when you have to be careful and make sure you’re not overthrowing and keeping it strong and doing your maintenance. I think I’ve got a good program, a good system, to keeping it healthy. Not overthrowing, so it will stay strong the whole season.
“I feel better right now that I did at this time last year. So I’m excited about the way my body feels, my health, and the way everything is kind of set up. I feel good about it.
Hopefully, I can keep it that way.”
Manning set records for pass attempts (601), completions (379) and completion percentage (63.1). He also passed for 4,410 yards. This is the second-highest total in Giants franchise history, per Eisen. 
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