This offseason we’ve seen high profile quarterbacks receive big contract extensions. But why hasn’t New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning been treated the same?
By Vincent Rapisardi
The New York Giants are less than a week away from their season opener vs the Dallas Cowboys, and their quarterback, Eli Manning has yet to sign a long-term extension with the team.
When will “Easy E” get his turn?
Recently in an interview with WFAN, Manning said he’s,”not a big fan of negotiations going on during the season.”
I think we could all agree with that, considering the distraction it could cause.
We’ve heard small rumors regarding Manning signing in the near future (sometimes when things are most quiet, action is being taken internally), the surprising cuts of Henry Hynoski, Steve Weatherford, Jameel McClain were clearly not just for upgrades at their respective positions.
The thought of releasing some strain off the salary cap was in mind, even if it wasn’t much (approximately $3 million).
Are the Giants still trying to sort out their roster before they take care of Manning?
At this point, all we know is that a deal will happen eventually.
I know, I’m going out on a limb with that statement. What wise words I’m offering you.
Originally, I thought if somehow Wilson didn’t workout a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the Giants could be a possible suitor for a couple of reasons.
- Manning is a free agent after the season. Duh.
- Wilson personifies class that perfectly fits the Giants organization.
- Manning his been immobile his entire career, while Wilson brings a dual threat to the position they’ve never had.
That dream is clearly over.
I seriously feel as though a deal could get done before week one, because why wouldn’t it? Nobody is obviously replacing Manning, especially coming off one of his best season’s as a pro in 2014.
The Giants aren’t invested in many big-time long-term deals as of right now, so playing tug of war with him and his agent is pointless. Worst case scenario, his contract is restructured down the line.
What would they expect to pay him anyway? His contract is going to be in the $18+ million range per season as it is anyway. Arguing over pennies (in a football sense) does nothing.
We obviously know about his playoff record (8-3) and his Super Bowl MVP’s.
Blah, blah, blah.
The turnovers are alarming, but decreased significantly in a new offense last season (from 27 interceptions in 2013, to 14 in 2014). Which is obviously a positive sign when giving him multiple years on a new deal.
Does he deserve being the highest paid quarterback?
Sure, because shortly after he signs, another quarterback will get a deal down the road that will exceed his salary number anyway (cough cough, Andrew Luck).
Being the highest-paid only lasts for so long.
I think it’s time to end the questions. Time to extend Eli Manning before the regular season starts.