Eli Manning is desperate to prove that he is an elite quarterback. The two-time Super Bowl winner may have won more Super Bowls than his brother Peyton, but many experts still see him as nothing more than a game manager.
Despite these beliefs, Eli is determined to carry on his strong showing in 2014 that saw him complete 63.1 percent of his passes, the highest of his career, and Manning will be looking to earn himself a new deal in time.
Seeing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, also a winner of two Super Bowls, earn himself a new five-year deal last month, Manning is likely to want a similar deal or even more money.
Giants make Eli wait
At the moment the New York Giants are unwilling to play ball with the 34-year-old and have decided to let the signal caller play out the final year of his current contract this year.
Many fans might believe this is bad news for Manning, but the quarterback explained on Monday that he does not see the situation that way. Eli insists that he is fully focused on this year and says he will let his play do the talking.
“I’m comfortable. I’ve got a job to do and that’s to play football. That’s my only concern,” Manning said, via Art Stapleton of the North Jersey Record, ProFootballTalk reported.
“I’ve never got too caught up with contract stuff. Way I look at it, I have one more year and I’m gonna play that year and go from there.”
Something to prove
It is likely that the Giants want to see more from Manning this season before they commit to him for 2016 and beyond.
The Giants currently have a very talented and young receiving corp that includes Odell Beckham Jr, Reuben Randle, Victor Cruz and Larry Donnell, and New York will want Eli to prove himself next season with those talented players and take the Giants to the playoffs before the team makes another long-term commitment.
Safe to say that Manning wants to stay in the long-term and he is not bothered about proving his worth yet again, just like he has been doing all of his career.
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