UPDATE: Eli Manning and the Giants have agreed on the deal per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. It is a four-year, $84 million deal that includes $65 million guaranteed money.
Eli Manning looks like he will be getting his wish before the opening weekend of the NFL season is over. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the New York Giants and the 34-year-old quarterback are close to finalizing a four-year, $84 million extension that could be signed by Friday. According to Rapoport’s sources, $65 million of the contract is guaranteed.
The extension will provide a track for Manning to take snaps for the Giants for the next five years and possibly give him the option to retire as a Giant. The two-time Super Bowl winner has not missed a start in 11 seasons and owns the franchise passing records for touchdowns, completions and passing yards.
The extension will make Manning the fourth highest paid quarterback in the league next year with an average salary of $21 million. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million), Seattle’s Russell Wilson ($21.9 million) and Green Bay signal caller, Aaron Rodgers ($22 million) are ahead of Manning in the top three.Last season, Manning threw for 4,410 passing yards (sixth), 30 touchdowns (ninth) and 14 interceptions (24th) while leading the Giants to a measly 6-10 record. He has had up-and-down seasons since being drafted in 2004, but he has also beaten the New England Patriots twice in the Super Bowl–once when the Patriots were undefeated.
There will be mixed feelings by fans when this deal gets done with Manning, but the main reason that it will get done is because of his successful Super Bowl campaigns that have been mixed in with some less-than-stellar seasons. The Giants are about to help Manning retire as one of the better Giants’ quarterbacks in franchise history.