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New York Giants QB Eli Manning is NFL’s 14th Highest Paid Player in 2014

June 9th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

A year ago, many fans were up in arms when it was revealed that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was slated to become the NFL's highest paid player. And while a few large contracts bumped Manning down that list a bit, he still ranked near the top of the league.

But a lot changes in the NF,L and only a year later Manning is nowhere near the Top 5 and has fallen outside of the Top 10, currently listed as the 14th highest paid player in 2014.

With a salary of $15,271,428 for the upcoming season, Manning lands one spot ahead of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers ($14,035,714) and one spot behind Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford ($15,300,000).

Manning may find himself bumped back up that list in 2015 with a salary of $17.5 million, but with that being his contract year, there remains a strong chance the Giants extend his deal — resulting in his 2015 salary and its subsequent cap hit being adjusted.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP had previously renegotiated his contract in March of 2013.

As far as the list of highest paid players, quarterbacks (as you might expect) dominate the Top 10 with only a few stragglers. And it's now San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who recently signed a big deal of his own, leading the way at $21 million.

Here's a look at the Top 10:

  1. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick – $21,000,000
  2. Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco – $20,100,000
  3. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees – $20,000,000
  4. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning – $19,200,00
  5. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan – $18,958,333
  6. Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson – $18,812,500
  7. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – $18,678,571
  8. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler – $18,100,000
  9. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo – $17,071,428
  10. Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald – $16,062,500

The league's highest paid defender comes in at No. 11, with Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams cracking the mark at $16,000,000.


Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Football, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Larry Fitzgerald, Matthew Stafford, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo

25 Responses to “New York Giants QB Eli Manning is NFL’s 14th Highest Paid Player in 2014”

  1.  Krow says:

    QBs are wildly overpaid. This is the unsolvable conundrum of the NFL. And paying this ransom means you have to seriously degrade the rest of the team. But if you don’t break your cap on them then someone else will. And you’ll be left with a bum at your most important position. Either way you lose out.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      That’s going to change with the higher cap in 2015-2016. As the cap heads toward $130-135MM teams will be able to pay their quarterbacks $20MM and still build a strong team around them IF they have the discipline to make sure that their QB doesn’t consume more than about 15% of the cap. Of course it would be even more advantageous if they could get them at 10-12% of the cap but it’s hard to argue that the quarterback isn’t 15% of the “solution” for most teams.

      •  Krow says:

        Well .. how many teams throwing 15% of their cap at a QB comprise the upper tier of the NFL ?

        •  fanfor55years says:

          Denver, now San Francisco, Baltimore, New Orleans, Green Bay, Chicago, etc.

          As soon as Wilson’s rookie deal is done Seattle will join those ranks. The Giants are building back up toward the top of the league and will be in that group. Atlanta is probably headed back up.

          There are few teams except the also-rans that WON’T be in it. That’s going to be the price for quarterbacks who can win a Super Bowl unless they’re very precocious players on their rookie deals.

          •  Krow says:

            Denver … slaughtered in the Superbowl.
            San Francisco … be fair now, up till a week ago they paid their QB nothing.
            Baltimore … once they paid him they tanked.
            New Orleans … yes.
            Green Bay … 8-7-1
            Chicago … 8-8

            I’d add the Patriots … but my point is that paying a QB has little to do with success. In fact the evidence seems to suggest that when you have to pony up the money your team gets worse.

            •  fanfor55years says:

              As long as there are fewer really top quarterbacks than there are teams that need one, the price isn’t going down. The quarterback is THE key ingredient and everyone knows it. If the Giants didn’t want to pay Eli market rate after this season then they could either try to talk him into a cheaper deal or watch as a dozen teams threw money at him because they know he would make them contenders when they are not that now.

              •  fanfor55years says:

                And without a really good quarterback you’re not winning Super Bowls except in truly freakish situations.

                •  Krow says:

                  I’m not arguing that … what I’m saying is that once you have to pay that good QB the going rate then it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay competitive.

  2.  aikitim says:

    One day some young quarterback will take a team-friendly contract extension and agents everywhere will go NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Eli is getting paid what he should be paid. 14th is misleading . Eli is the 10th or 11th QB. You have to pay a quality QB plan and simple. My issue with SF wasn’t that they paid Kaepernick is that they could have waited in doing so and gave too much guaranteed money. But it seems the guaranteed money isn’t really as much as was first reported so his contract isn’t bad just done too early.

    I don’t think QBs are overpaid at all. Look at the Redskin game when Painter played a half. That’s what some teams see a QB in some fashion for years. When you have a QB that can win you SBs you pay him.

    I also don’t think the percentage of QB salaries will go down much if at all even with more salary cap. The telling QB will be Luck because he could clearly ask for a 8 year 200 mil type deal but it’s not the smartest deal if he wants to win. O n the other hand it could seem like a lot now be be almost a bargain by the end of his contract.

    •  Krow says:

      It’s not about Eli … but about the QB position in general. To get that kind of money at another slot you have to be a HOFer … but simply being a decent QB gets you 8 figures.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Because QB is simply that important. Could you imagine starting a season with Nassib and Painter as our QBs? That’s why quality QBs get paid because you need a quality QB to win SBs. Yes, there are exemptions with an alltime great defense and great running games like Seattle had but those are every decade or so. Every QB that has won a SB in the last 10 years is high level QB. Some will argue against Flacco but at the very least played elite football during their SB run. And the one exception is Wilson who didn’t play great but had the alltime great defense and great running game along with him making a few timely throws. It’s the most important position in sports with the rule changes.

        •  Krow says:

          Unfortunately those exceptions are starting to pile up. Seattle, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia … all did exceptionally well with QBs on rookie deals. I’m not arguing with your point about positional importance. But it seems like having an established QB being paid top dollar isn’t the ticket to success that it used to be.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    I actually think the QB cap if you want to put it that way will come from an established QB who already has made a good amount of money . Maybe he has a Super Bowl ring under his belt and is more interested in winning again than getting more money . In other words , someone like Eli . If say , next year I believe he gets to renegotiate his contract and the Giants say to him – look , if you make your demands reasonable , we can go and pay this or that free agent WR or TE and give you the weapon you need , my guess would be that Eli would say yes .

    •  Krow says:

      I’ll go on record right now … and say that this is wishful thinking. No one passes on millions of dollars. He’ll end up with a market value deal. The only thing that could dampen Eli’s contract demands is another lousy season, and none of us want to see that. If that happens then we’re in a deeper hole than we thought.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        That’s not exactly true. Brady passed on millions. Maybe they give Luck a crazy amount like 100 mil guaranteed but give him a below market contract. Luck is a little different than most QBs maybe other than the Mannings in that he’s coming from good money. The maxing out his contract might not be worth more than winning which in the end gets you endorsements and more money overall. We will see. He’s definitely the next market setter. With the other top QBs being much older and Rodgers already signed long term.

      •  GIANTT says:

        The only way that anyone would pass on more money is if by giving up the money now , the rewards down the road are going to be higher . Some would demand the money now , I see that , but take someone like Eli , if a cap friendly deal gets him the free agent weapons he needs and the team potentially could get to the Super Bowl , then you are saying you dont think an intelligent QB like Eli wouldny go this route ?

  5.  GIANTT says:

    This is a copycat league – As soon as the first QB takes a cap friendly deal and that team signs free agents b/c of the cap relief AND that team has success demonstrably because of that free agent pick up , then other teams are going into negotiations with this idea in mind . The only problem I see with this is that the QB then may want to influence or even pick the free agent pick up . The first team that knuckles under to this extortion will open up a whole new can of worms .

    •  GOAT56 says:

      It’s not that simple. Krow is right that most QBs especially on their first huge deal aren’t giving up money. I’m thinking because Luck is worth so much and has money from his family background that he could be the exception. But I don’t think it would signal a trend even if he does. The NFL money is too shaky with guarantees for athletes to want to give up money. It’s not the NBA where if you sign a deal you will see every penny even if you miss several years like Grant Hill. Vet QBs like Eli on his next deal are the ones that might make a little sacrifice.

      •  GIANTT says:

        I agree that a player on his first contract probably would not go this route but I am saying that a QB who has picked up 30 to 40 mill guaranteed isnt going to start thinking of his legacy . Rather than be another overpaid do nothing perhaps with one more weapon he is going to go and do something then he will pay for that privilege
        How many veteran free agents who have made their money and have their pick of contracts dont look to the teams that have the best chance of getting to the BIG GAME ?

  6.  GIANTT says:

    The extreme of this type of cap friendly deals is obviously the Miami Heat which is basically this type of thinking taken to the extreme . Its much easier , obviously , to do this with a small basketball team than with a whole football team but they all sat down and agreed to adjust salaries under the cap so that the free agents could be signed . Now , I know that this has produced a VERY successful team but I am not a fan of the inmates running the asylum and I am not sure it would work with a 45 man roster

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think it’s apples and oranges because in the NBA and NFL teams win differently. First with basketball having 3 great players can really win you a championship but in football it doesn’t even guarantee you the playoffs. Second it’s different with guaranteed money. Lebron still got ~120 mil guaranteed taking less money. The NFL money isn’t like that.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Trust me, if the quarterbacks in the NFL and their agents all collectively decided they’d take less money in order to help their teams “build a winner” the agents for the players who man the other positions would simply fill that gap and leave teams in a not dissimilar situation. The price for pass rushers, corners, middle linebackers, left tackles, centers, and defensive tackles would go up and the end results would STILL be that in the end GMs have to be very shrewd about how to fill the bottom two-thirds of their rosters.

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