Giants quarterback Eli Manning denied reports that he wants to be the NFL's highest-paid player.
Manning spoke to the media Wednesday and vehemently dismissed a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that he was “pushing” for a new contract that would make him the NFL's highest-paid player.
“That's never come out of my mouth,” Manning said Wednesday. “I've never said it to my agent.” He added that his agent has never made the demand either, and that becoming the highest-paid player in football was never an objective for them.
He dismissed the idea of comparing his potential deal to that of other quarterbacks. Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, Manning's classmates in the 2004 draft, both recently received rich extensions.
Roethlisberger's new contract, agreed upon in March, will reportedly pay him $87.4 million over four years with $65 million guaranteed. The San Diego Chargers recently announced a new deal for Rivers that guarantees him $65 million and pays $84 million total over four years.
Manning reportedly wanted a richer deal than Rivers, which has led to a “significant gap” between him and the Giants.
If Manning and the Giants are unable to reach a new deal, he could make around $25 million next season if franchise-tagged.
“I don't compare myself to other quarterbacks by their salaries or by their contracts,” Manning said, according to the New York Daily News. “I've been blessed to play in this league this many years and I'm still blessed to play this year. I'm going to do my job and that's all I can concern myself with.”
Eli Manning on reports about his contract demands. "I just kind of laugh at them."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 19, 2015
- Jeremy Woo