Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Last Word on this Eli Nonsense

Lots of bitching and moaning about the lucrative contract the New York Giants handed to their quarterback, Eli Manning. No, he's not as efficient as his brother Peyton or Tom Brady, nor is he a fantasy football numbers hanger like Drew Brees. But he's as capable as Ben Roethlisberger, civil sexual harassment suit notwithstanding, has also battled bouts of erratic play like Eli throughout his career.

Does he deserve to be the highest paid player in the NFL? Probably not. But is that 250 square foot studio in SoHo you're renting worth the ridiculous rent? What about the $40 entree at a nearby restaurant? New York City adds a premium to the cost of everything, and athletes' contracts are no different, much to the chagrin of some.


Bryan said...

It's David Tyree's fault.


It's not that NYC makes things more expensive, it's that winning the Super Bowl PLUS NYC makes things more expensive.

coachie said...

he's also worth that much more just because he's so darn cute.

i'm generaly nfl-ignorant and i haven't looked at the numbers or anything, but aren't most nfl contract-totals worthless? feel like i've read that no one ever gets the amount quoted as opposed to baseball and baskets contracts.

Bryan said...

They are, except Eli gets $55 guaranteed.

Bryan said...

$55 mil.

Afootieanado said...

Me Gusta the cost of living argument in the last paragraph. According to, moving Eli and his salary from NYC to Memphis and you can take a cool 60% off the top.

Pay them what you like, but a win for the Titans is just as valuable as a W in the Giant's column.