Eli Manning Mistaken For Peyton When Getting New Contract

Steve ChottCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -  JANUARY 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Eagles defeated the Giants 23 -11. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

When I saw on ESPN earlier that the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning had agreed on a new 6 year, 97 million contract extension with 35 million guaranteed I was shocked. Confused. I didn't understand it at all.

With this contract, Eli becomes the highest paid player in the league.

Let me repeat that for you.

With this contract, Eli becomes the HIGHEST PAID player in the league.

Now I am a big supporter of our quarterback, but there is no way he should be the highest paid player in the league, let alone the highest paid QB.

If this contract was given to his brother Peyton, then I could understand it more.

This contract is most likely still a reward for Manning bringing them the Super Bowl two years ago, but even two years ago this contract would have been ridiculous.

Even though Manning had a huge step up last year from his production in the past, this money is MVP of the league money. And Eli hasn't won MVP, and probably won't win this year.

As with most Giants fans, this contract extension is just mind boggling. I don't think anyone expected this, or thinks he deserves it.

Eli Manning will have to show a lot this year to prove he is worth this kind of money.