Eli Manning and the New York Giants are making 'significant progress' in their negotiations on the quarterback's contract extension according to reports.
Ian Rapoport has said the two sides have made 'significant progress' in their negotiations towards a long-term deal for the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, to keep him at the side beyond the end of this season.
Rapoport also says there is confidence the two sides will be able to get a deal done before the Giants play against their divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in their season opener on Sunday night.
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This is great news for Manning as he said earlier this week that he isn’t a fan of contract talks occurring during the regular season.
Manning said: “I’m not a big fan of negotiations going on during the season. I’m hoping if this thing is going to get done, it’s going to get done very quickly… and not have these talks continue on.”
It is rare for an elite quarterback to fall into the free agency, so we should expect Manning to sign a new deal before the end of the season. Last elite quarterback to hit the free agency was Eli's brother, Peyton Manning, in 2012.
However, Eli's performances on the field for the Giants this year will have affects on any possible future contract extension if a new deal isn't signed beforehand. With more reliable targets to aim for and more diverse running backs to offload to such as Shane Vereen, it shouldn't be a problem for the three-time Pro Bowler to succeed this year.
We must remember though, the Giants haven't made the postseason since their Super Bowl winning season in 2011, and one more year out could be the beginning of the end for the Manning Era at the NFC East side.