Eli Manning and the New York Giants finalized a long-awaited contract extension Friday morning, reportedly worth $84 million over the duration of 4 years. The deal comes after one of Manning's most statistically stout seasons, and even shows the Giants confidence in the 12 year NFL veteran as the contract features a no-trade clause.
While it was rumored that the two sides were far apart during the offseason, evidently both parties wanted to solidify a deal before the start of the regular season. The extension is a win-win for both parties, as the Giants secure their quarterback for the following four seasons and Manning knows that he has continuity in New York with the no-trade clause.
Manning is going into his second season under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who already influenced number 10’s career best completion percentage as well as a declination in interceptions thrown from a season ago. The new deal signifies that their relationship has further blossomed and developed from 2014.
The $84 million contract also displays the Giants’ retained trust in the two-time Super Bowl champion. With the surrounding weapons of OBJ, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Shane Vereen, as well as three high draft picks invested in offensive line; Manning has never been put in a better situation to succeed.
Signing Manning before the start of the 2015 season could work to the Giants benefit given the production level he could output while commanding the offense. A successful season in a contract year would have made his market value go up exponentially in a financially QB oriented league.
Inversely, if Manning disappoints in the offense, the contract could look like an organization malfunction as the only way to dump the contract would be to release the former first round pick. However, such circumstances are unlikely given Manning’s previous success and tenure within the organization as well as the core of talent surrounding him.
Another rumor revolving around Manning this offseason was that he was demanding to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, a fabrication that is immediately dispelled by the amount of the signed contract. Manning ranks behind Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger in annual salary and will be making a mean average of $21 million per season. However, the no trade clause can add an insurmountable amount of comfort and value to any deal.
Manning will have the opportunity to support his contract extension Sunday night against a depleted and recovering Cowboys’ secondary. Either way, the Giants’ faithful should take a sigh of relief knowing that they will have consistency at the quarterback position for the following four seasons, a sigh of relief several NFL franchises only aspire to gasp.