Is Eli Manning worth $97.5 million?

Eli Manning is now the 3rd highest per season player in the NFL; right behind Julius Peppers and Carson Palmer. Is he worth that kind of money? Absolutely. I know Eli Manning is not a top 3 player in the NFL, he might not even be a top 8 QB, but given that he plays in the toughest city in the world to play football in and led the Giants to the most improbable win in Super Bowl history, well at least in my lifetime, I never saw Super Bowl III, he’s worth every penny.

He drove the Giants down the field with one of the most clutch drives in history, with one of the best plays in history in maybe the greatest football upset ever. Did I mention the criticism he receives? And that he takes it all like a man? The criticism is not just the media either, but also his teammates. Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey took shots at him his #1 wide receiver brought a gun into a club and shot himself. Did Eli ever complain and say my team is full of idiots? Not once. He kept his mouth shut and won football games. Not much else you can ask of your quarterback than that. Plus every year he’s been the starter, the Giants have made the playoffs.

Eli is worth every penny of the $97.5 million the Giants have given him, if he can guide the Giants to the playoffs with their young wide receiver core, maybe he’ll be worth of another raise next offseason.

Comments 4

  • So he deserves top three money, even though he’s an average player… because he was a more likeable Brad Johnson? If its about the one play, then David Tyree deserves to be paid as a top 3 receiver. If its about the drive, then I’d look at the 4 critical plays on the drive. First, Brandond Jacobs and the line had to convert a 4th and short. Then David Tyree made the miracle helmet catch. Then Smith caught a short pass and ran for a first down. Then Plaxico Burress put Ellis Hobbs on the ground to get wide open for the TD.

    So Jacobs, Tyree, Smith, and Burress make huge critical plays, but its Eli that gets all the credit.

    • I agree whoever wrote this clearly doesn’t give enough credit to the other players that make the play. Philip Rivers on the other hand deserves that kind of money he is in the list of elite quarterbacks. He took the chargers to the playoffs when they were 4-8 He kept the chargers hopes alive. Ben Roethlisberger even deserves that kind of money. When the steelers run game wasn’t working out he took over and a little help from the WR they won the superbowl so I say FU** Eli Manning. The chargers did a good thing to trade for Rivers

    • Who would the Giants start at QB if Eli left? The Hamburgler? David Carr has shown he’s not even a serviceable backup let a lone an NFL starter. Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger will get their money soon, their contracts just haven’t been renewed and I guarantee you they each get money very similar to what Eli got. Rivers probably a little less and Big Ben most likely a little more. If contracts were reworked every season I guarantee Manning wouldn’t be in the top 10 of players but since the only person who gets to rework his contract every season is Kirk Ferentz Eli is in the top 3 of highest paid players.

  • its true when you have a top 5-10 QB you have to pay them…the risk of losing someone like that is worse than having to over pay them…would you rather have a over payed Eli Manning, or a terrible QB like tavaris jackson…

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