When I got the alert on my phone, I found the news a bit surprising that Eli Manning wanted to be the NFL’s highest paid player.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 17, 2015
When I relayed the word to my wife, a die-hard Giants fan; she said that she didn’t fully buy it and that it’s probably being driven by the agent (Tom Condon). Condon is quoted in the article as saying that Manning is uniquely fitted to be the QB of the Giants because he’s unflappable in the monstrous media market that is the Big Apple.
Still, this news has to have a shrivel of truth to it – Manning would shoot down the reports in some way if it weren’t. Eli wasn’t regarded as a top QB, yet had a fine year last year with 30 TD’s, 14 interceptions, and 4,410 passing yards with a 92.1 QB rating. Those are really good numbers. Manning will be 34 this season.
I’ve always seen him as a lock to be a Giant for his entire career. That said, I’m not so sure if Manning doesn’t back off this desire that the two sides come to an agreement. Reports are that there are significant gaps between the team and Manning right now.