New York Giants are hoping to complete a new deal with Eli Manning in the next couple of weeks, according to reports.
Manning’s contract with the Giants is set to expire at the end of next season. He has been with the Giants since 2004 when he entered the league.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Giants would like to do the deal with the two-time Super Bowl champion before the start of season. This could possibly even be done before their training camp commences a week on Thursday.
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“This is another one where the Giants hope to do a deal either before training camp or early on in training camp,” Rapoport said.
“My understanding is the Giants brass is confident in doing a deal in due time. Actually, just talking to people on both sides of this, it seems to make sense for both sides to do a deal, one that they think and hope will get done this year.”
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Manning will make $17 million in his last year of his contract, and he currently counts $19.25 million against the salary cap. This number will likely come down in any extension deal.
This space could be used now or carried over into the 2016 off-season. Maybe they’ll look around the market for a possible back up to Jason Pierre-Paul in case things don’t go according to plan with the defensive end.
Last season, the three-time Pro Bowler threw for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and had a career best of 63.1 per cent pass completions. Unless something ridiculous happens, it’s safe to say Manning will be part of the Giants next season.
Tom Condon, Manning’s agent, feels a deal will be done soon too according to the New York Daily News.
He said: "The quarterbacks always get done. And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it's not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that.
“You know you're going to go in and it's going to get done. I'm sure at the appropriate time it'll happen.”
The hope is for the Giants if they do sign Eli Manning up to a contract extension, they’ll end their wait for a playoff appearance and appear in the post season for the first time since 2011.
If this doesn't happen, there could be some serious changes around the shop, even at the quarterback position as well.
Manning isn't bothered by this possibility though, according to a recent interview he did with the New York Daily News.
He said: “I guess I’m just happy that I’m still playing and still got a job to do. I guess I’ve always just thought, they gave me a contract for six years, this is the sixth year. I don’t have any complaints.
"I’m going to do my job, no matter what. My focus is on playing good football, winning games, and whatever happens after that happens after that.”