Eli Manning denies reports he wants to be NFL’s highest paid QB
A reportedly agitated Eli Manning vehemently denied reports that he and his agent are seeking a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. The New York Giants quarterback, who is entering the final year of his contract, deemed the reports “all wrong.”
“It’s never been said, it’s never come out of my mouth, my agent never said that, so I don’t know where the reports are coming from,” Manning said before Wednesday’s practice, via the New York Daily News.
Manning, who is entering the final year of his contract, said he hadn’t even heard about reports until he listened to a voice mail from his father, Archie Manning, who was similarly upset over the reports.
The Giants quarterback indicated he consults occasionally with his agent, Tom Condon, about things, but stressed neither he nor Condon ever expressed a desire to be the best-compensated quarterback in the league.
Manning reportedly “shrugged off” mentions of the contract extensions received by Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, both of whom were taken in the 2004 NFL Draft. He further stressed he doesn’t measure himself against any of his signal-caller colleagues.
“I don’t compare myself to other quarterbacks by their salaries or by their contracts,” he said. “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.”
To add a further wrinkle to Manning’s denials, he also accused the reporter who originally broke the story of having other motivations.
“I’ve been here long enough where you understand that reports come out, but I guess you just wonder if it’s just some guy making something up just to make a name for himself,” he said. “I don’t know what his purpose in saying it is.”
Suffice to say, Manning is being vigilant in his stance that there is no accuracy to the report, no matter the motivation or suggested lack of accuracy.