Eli Manning's Surprising New Deal

JerseySenior Analyst IAugust 5, 2009

HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 08: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the NFC All-Stars New York Giants drops back to pass against the AFC All-Stars in the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 8, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NFC defeated the AFC 30-21. (Photo by Paul Spinelli/Getty Images)

Have you seen Eli Manning's new contract?

Six years, 97.5 million dollars?


Look, I've liked the guy since his Super Bowl run. You know, the run that spawned my blog, Imperfect Dynasty. But he should not be the highest-paid player in the NFL.

I know he won a Super Bowl and that the Giants haven't missed the playoffs since he became the full-time starter. I know he's a former number one overall pick.

But his own brother is significantly better than he, and has also won his own Super Bowl. Ben Roethlisberger, taken in the same draft, has two Super Bowls to his name. Philip Rivers, the guy the Giants traded for Manning, posted the highest QB rating in the NFL last year. And that's only a few of the better quarterbacks in the league.

The Giants won the Super Bowl as a team, and despite being named MVP, it was not only Manning who made it happen. Does he deserve a contract extension? Sure. Maybe even a raise. But this is ludicrous.