Eli Manning said the report that he wants to be the highest-paid player in the NFL is laughable.
And despite saying "I just kind of laugh at it," it was clear that Manning was angered by the report from the way he came out blazing against the NFL Newtork's Ian Rappaport who delivered the nugget on the air Monday evening.
"The reports are all wrong," Manning said. "I don't know where they get their information.
"That's never been said, never come out of my mouth," Manning continued. "I never said it to my agent, I never said it. I don't know where the report is coming from. I guess you just wonder if it's a guy making stuff up to try to make a name for himself. I don't know what his purpose in saying it is."
Rapoport had no comment on Manning's remarks other than to say, "I stand by my reporting."
If Manning does not have a new deal by next spring, the Giants would likely use the franchise tag on him. If they use the exclusive franchise tender, that would pay him $23.7 million in 2016. And make him the highest paid player in the league. It's likely that's where the Manning negotiations started from agent Tom Condon, so while it has never been specifically expressed (according to Manning) that he wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL, it has most likely been implied by the preliminary exchanges between the two sides.
•Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin was carted off the field after tearing the ACL in his left knee during training camp practice.
•Dolphins safety Louis Delmas once again tore the ACL in his right knee during a scrimmage with the Panthers, which will likely sideline him for the season.
•Defensive end Kenny Anunike, who starred in Denver's preseason opener, will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery amid concerns he's suffered another serious injury.
•Quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel were selected as senior finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016.
•The Jets signed veteran quarterback Matt Flynn.