NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week that Eli Manning is demanding a contract extension that will make him the highest player in the league. On Wednesday, the New York Giants star quarterback denied those reports and accused the NFL reporter of “trying to make a name for himself.”
"The reports are all wrong," Manning said via ESPN. "That's never been said, it's never come out of my mouth, I've never said it to my agent, I don't know where people are getting their information."
Manning added that he does not compare himself to other quarterbacks in terms of the salary they earn in the league. He also stated that he is not concerned with the contract extension and that his focus is in preparing for the new NFL season. Manning also believes that his agent, Tom Condon did not state the demand to be the “highest paid” to the Giants’ front office and insisted that it was a story made up by Rapoport.
According to Spotrac.com, the top five highest paid quarterbacks, by their annual average salaries, are Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, San Diego Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton.
Wilson, Roethlisberger, Rivers and Newton all got their contract extensions earlier in the 2015 offseason.
Manning’s contribution to the Giants team is unquestioned. He has led New York to two NFL titles, in 2008 and 2012. In a 12-year NFL career, Manning has logged 39,775 passing yards on a 59.0% completion rate with 259 touchdowns and 185 interceptions.