During Tuesday's episode of First Take on ESPN, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark expressed his thoughts on Tom Brady's contract history and compared it to that of Eli Manning.
"Tom Brady should have been the top-paid quarterback in this league for over a decade," Clark said. "Tom Brady should have made more money throughout his career than any other quarterback that's playing this game... But the fact that Eli Manning has made so much more money than Tom Brady, it legitimately makes me sick."
The 42-year-old Brady recently signed a two-year extension with the New England Patriots worth $70 million through the 2021 season. He will become the NFL's sixth-highest-paid quarterback this season at $23 million.
"When I received the email last night that asked me this question about Tom Brady's salary, and my first thought was 'Eli Manning has made more money than Tom Brady,' I almost called in sick," Clark said.
Including this season, Brady will have made $235 million over his twenty seasons in the NFL. While Manning will have made $252 million after this season. Manning is going on year 16 in the league, and will pass his brother, Peyton Manning, for the top spot in NFL career earnings after the 2019 season.