Giants and Eli Manning reach four-year, $84 million deal


It almost took them up until the first game of the season, but the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning have reached an agreement on a new contract.

According to Chris Mortensen, the Giants and Manning have agreed on a four-year, $84 million deal. The biggest issue of the deal seemed to be the no-trade clause that the Giants eventually gave Manning.

The Giants made a huge draft day deal with the San Diego Chargers to acquire the first-overall pick which was Manning. Since then, Manning has been the quarterback for the Giants starting in the 2004 season after taking over for Kurt Warner in the middle part of the season.

In 11 seasons, Manning has totaled a 91-76 record, 39,755 passing yards, 259 passing touchdowns, and 185 touchdowns.

Manning has made a name for himself in the playoffs, as he has helped the Giants win two Super Bowls against the New England Patriots. In the playoffs, Manning has always elevated his play, as he has totaled an 8-3 record, 2,516 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

The new contract for Manning places him right in line with the other quarterbacks of the 2004 NFL Draft with Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.

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Manning is coming off one of best statistical regular seasons in 2014 with Ben McAdoo as his offensive coordinator. In 2014, Manning totaled 4,410 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The low number of interceptions is key for Manning who has had three seasons of 20 or more interceptions in his career.

The Giants have surrounded Manning with arguably the best weapons that he has had in his entire career. With Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, and Victor Cruz as his receivers, the sky is the limit for the Giants’ offense. Like most quarterbacks, protecting Manning will be key in 2015, as he is not very effective on the move or under distress.

By signing Manning, the Giants almost guarantee that Manning will be finishing his career only playing for the Giants. In the age of free agency in all sports, it is rare to see a player stay with one team throughout their careers. Manning is going to be going down as one of the best Giants of all-time, and he still can add to that legacy.

Manning doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of regression and that should make the Giants comfortable with this contract. Great quarterbacks like Manning don’t get close to going to free agency, and it was good for the Giants and for Manning that a deal has been reached before the season starts.

The Giants and Manning will be playing their first game of the season on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.

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