Report – Giants Willing to Let Eli Manning Play Out Final Year of Contract: According to ESPN, the New York Giants “recently had another conversation” with representatives for quarterback Eli Manning about a contract extension. Manning is entering the final year of his current contract, with a cap hit of nearly $20 million. ESPN reports that two unidentified sources say the two sides are not close to a new deal, and that the Giants are willing to let Manning play out the final year of his contract. ESPN says that an extension this offseason “doesn’t seem likely unless there’s a major change in one side’s negotiation position.”
According to ESPN’s sources, the Giants are not willing to make a larger commitment to Manning than the 5-year, $99 million deal that Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed recently.
ESPN says the Giants still believe in Manning and “their primary goal is to keep him a Giant for the remainder of his career.” But ESPN claims that the team has no big incentive to complete a new deal in the near future as the Giants do not currently need the additional salary cap space that an extension would create.
ESPN speculates that if a new deal is not completed this year or before free agency next year, the Giants could place the franchise tag on Manning.
This past week, team President and CEO John Mara said that a contract extension for Manning is not currently in the works but “obviously something will be done at some point.”
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