Eli Manning disputes reports that he wants to be highest-paid QB
Earlier this week, a report surfaced that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning wanted to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. Although Manning admits he laughed when he first heard the report, he vehemently denied the content within it when speaking to reporters about it on Wednesday.
Manning first heard about the report when he received a voicemail from his father, Archie Manning. Archie wasn't exactly pleased with what he was hearing.
Manning confirmed that he never once told his agent or anyone else that he wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL.
Eli says reports are wrong. Never said at any point he wanted to be highest-paid QB #Giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 19, 2015
A report surfaced late Tuesday night that although Manning wasn't necessarily looking to become the highest-paid player in the league, he was looking to get a contract similar to the ones that Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers just signed. Manning denied that report as well.
Eli: 'I don't compare myself to other quarterback's salaries' #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 19, 2015
For the most part, Manning approached his meeting with reporters in a laid-back fashion like anyone would who has nothing to hide. However, he wasn't completely fine with letting what he deemed the false report slide. He called out whoever originally leaked the report for what Manning believes to be his or her true intentions.
Eli not sure where rumor came from. Said someone is trying to make a name for himself #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 19, 2015
In 2014, Manning set a career high in completion percentage and he accompanied it with an excellent 30/14 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Earlier this week, Giants co-owner John Mara confirmed that the team would like to sign Manning to a contract extension before the start of the 2015 season, but that they will also continue negotiations through the regular season if necessary.