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Manning Set to Become Highest Paid Player in the NFL: Though not official, according to various press reports, the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning have agreed to a new 7-year, $106.9 million contract that will make Manning the highest paid player in the NFL (on an average per year basis). The contract reportedly also includes approximately $35 million in guaranteed money.
The new contract will replace Manning’s previous contract that still had one more year on it, becoming in effect, a 6-year, $97.5 million contract extension that will keep him under contract through the 2015 season.
“He’s a franchise quarterback,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “He’s done everything we ask him to do. He’s come in, he takes a lot of flack from you (media) guys and he just keeps going. He does what we ask him to do on the field. He does what we ask him to do off the field. He’s a good football player.”
When Reese was asked if the huge contract puts more pressure on Manning, Reese responded, “Not really. He’s used to that. You don’t get more pressure than he already has in this market. He knows how to handle pressure and he’s done it before. I don’t expect to see anything difference in his attitude and work ethic. He works hard. He expects a lot from himself. He knows what his role is here with us. We expect him to continue to do that for a long time.”
“We expect Eli’s game to continue to ascend,” Reese said. “We don’t expect him to be a one-Super Bowl quarterback.”
Player Media Q&As: The transcripts and/or audio of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:
- WR Domenik Hixon (Video – Giants Insider)
Giants.com Video from Training Camp:
- Giants Make Statement With Eli’s Megadeal by Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com
- Former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi Thinks Eli Manning Will Win More Super Bowls by Ohm Youngmisuk of The Daily News
Article on the Giants and Contract Discussions: For the Most Part, NY Giants Have Kept Their Super Bowl Team Together by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger
Notes: The training camp practice schedule is available in the Training Camp section of the website.