Is Eli Manning an elite quarterback? There was once a time when it was felt that the Giants signal caller was indeed elite, but his 2013 NFL season brought his status in the league into doubt.
Not only that, the Giants are now considering the future of Eli Manning and have come to a decision that they will not meet the star's demands. Though he impressed in 2014, New York are going to adopt a wait-and-see policy regarding extending the 34-year-old's contract.
According to a report by ESPN, the Giants are willing to let Manning see out the remaining year of his contract, with two sources confirming as much to ESPN on Monday.
"The New York Giants recently had another conversation with the representatives for quarterback Eli Manning, but the two sides are no closer to agreement on a contract extension and the Giants are comfortable letting Manning play out the final year of his contract, two sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Sunday," ESPN reported.
"According to the sources, the Giants had been keeping a close eye on the contract extension talks between the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had only one year left on his contract before he agreed to a five-year, $99 million deal last week.
"The Giants believe Manning will ask for more than Roethlisberger got, and at this point they don't appear ready to make that kind of commitment."
It is believed that the Giants are unwilling to give Manning the five-year, $99 million deal that Ben Roethlisberger got from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Roethlisberger, who has also won two Super Bowls, is the perfect player to compare Manning to market value wise, with both players hitting the heights of the NFL but not really nailing down an elite status on a consistent basis.
The Giants could extend Manning's contract now and save money this season, but that option is looking more and more unlikely at the moment.
This decision does bring into question Manning's future with the Giants. ESPN say that the Giants believe that Manning wants a salary increase, and it's quite likely that the Giants want to see Manning earn that increase next season.