Eli Manning
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Longtime New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been named the team’s most overpaid player on the roster. 

Every NFL team consists of at least one player who’s productivity isn’t worth as much as their contract says. Front offices simply make the bad decision of paying them a great amount of money at some point.

And then a lot of that money ends up being a waste when it comes to gameday.

On Saturday, Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report released his list of the most overpaid player on each NFL team.

Sadly, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is still taking the unnecessary heat here, as he was named the choice for Big Blue.

Gagnon writes, “We originally had pass-rusher Olivier Vernon in this spot, but then the New York Giants smartly dumped the majority of the 28-year-old’s $19.5 million cap hit by way of a Friday trade with the Cleveland Browns.

“But Vernon was only a hair ahead of quarterback Eli Manning in the first place, because the post-prime 38-year-old is eating up far too much cap space with a $23.2 million cap hit for his 2019 walk year.

“Manning has made just one Pro Bowl since putting together a strong 2012 season. He hasn’t led the Giants to a single playoff win during that stretch, and he’s thrown at least 10 more interceptions than any other quarterback in the league over the same span.

“He’s quite simply been one of the worst signal-callers in pro football for more than half a decade running, but only a dozen of his positional counterparts are paid more handsomely.”

I certainly believe that Eli isn’t the most overpaid Giant, and there are a couple of reasons why.

Manning, on the other hand, was ninth in the NFL in passing yards with 4,299 in 2018. That’s also playing with an offensive line that allowed 47 sacks on the year. Eli also had the third-lowest interception total of his career with 11.

He additionally enjoyed his highest-career completion percentage with a rate of 66 percent this past season.

Maybe you could make the argument that he’s aging and could take a pay cut heading into next year. However, you cannot say he was the most overpaid player on the Giants.

He’s the franchise quarterback and their best option at quarterback to win football games. It’s that simple.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.