4-YEAR, $84 MILLION EXTENSION FOR ELI MANNING…
According to NFL.com, the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning are in the process of finalizing a 4-year, $84 million contract extension. ESPN is reporting that the contract will include $65 million in guaranteed money.
While NFL.com is reporting that the deal could be signed as early as Friday, ESPN says while the Giants and Manning are in agreement on money, the two sides remain hung up on specific contract language that they hope to resolve by this weekend. NFL.com says Manning wants a no-trade clause in the contract.
Manning is currently entering the final year of the 6-year, $97.5 million contract extension he signed in August 2009. He was set to count $19.75 million (including $17 million in salary, $2.25 million prorated signing bonus, and $500,000 workout bonus) against the team’s 2015 salary cap. ESPN says Manning will still make $17.5 million in the final year of his current contract, which would bring his five-year total to $101.5 million.
Manning’s $21 million average in new money on the four-year extension would rank him fourth among quarterbacks in the NFL, behind Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Russell Wilson ($21.9 million), and Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million).
Eli Manning’s $21M per year extension puts him right behind Russell Wilson and ahead of Philip Rivers. #Giants found the sweet spot
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2015
Not practicing on Thursday due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (sore right foot), and LB Jon Beason (knee).
Head Coach Tom Coughlin said there was no update on Cruz, but he would not rule Cruz out of Sunday’s game against Dallas despite the fact that Cruz has not practiced in a few weeks. It would appear very unlikely that Cruz will play against the Cowboys.
Beason did not practice on Wednesday after returning to practice on Tuesday.
“It’s a little sore, so the smartest thing to do is to take a day off and see how it feels tomorrow,” said Beason. “I don’t want to miss Dallas, Sunday Night Football, the opener, so for me personally, it means everything.”
“(Beason) was sore today and the medical people decided to hold him,” said Coughlin. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
“(Odighizuwa) has a sore foot, and the trainers thought it was best that he get treatment and hold him out today,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
DE/DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) and LB Jonathan Casillas (neck) fully practiced.
LOUIS NIX PASSES HIS PHYSICAL…
Defensive tackle Louis Nix is now officially a New York Giant. The Giants claimed Nix off of waivers from the Houston Texans on Sunday, but he failed his physical with the Giants on Tuesday and was waived. Apparently he passed a second physical on Wednesday and has been officially added to the 53-man roster.
Nix was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans. He has been plagued with injuries, having knee surgery in 2013 at Notre Dame, knee surgery in Summer 2014 with the Texans, and then a wrist issue that landed him on Injured Reserve in September 2014 with the Texans. He never played in a regular-season game with Houston. Nix is a strong, mammoth nose tackle-type lineman who can take on the double-team and hold the point-of-attack when healthy. Although Nix is a good athlete for his size, he is more of a run defender than pass rusher. Nix’s professionalism and work ethic were questioned in Houston.
WR MYLES WHITE ADDED TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed wide receiver Myles White to the Practice Squad. White was waived by the Green Bay Packers from their 53-man roster when the team signed wide receiver James Jones, who had been with the Giants this summer. To make room for White, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of linebacker Cole Farrand.
White was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Packers after the 2013 NFL Draft. White played in seven games as a rookie, catching nine passes for 66 yards. He spent the 2014 season on Green Bay’s Practice Squad. White led the Packers with 16 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the 2015 preseason. He is an average-sized receiver with good speed.
TOM COUGHLIN AND THE COORDINATORS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
- Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo (Video)
- Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (Video)
- Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (Video)
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:
- RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
- WR Odell Beckham (Video)
- DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Video)
- LB Jon Beason (Video)
- CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Video)
- S Landon Collins (Video)
- Giants salary cap update and how much money they saved during final cuts by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
- Giants preview: Fireworks on offense the only playoff ticket by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- Scouting the 2015 Giants: With no Jason Pierre-Paul, season could blow up fast by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News
- Coughlin a pillar of stability for Giants by Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record
- Giants talking ‘tight buttholes’ and must-win for Week 1 by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- Giants hoping pair of last year’s Patriots can be super for them, too by Tom Rock of Newsday
- ‘Good enough’ is best Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is going to feel by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com
- Giants can’t count on Jason Pierre-Paul playing this year by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News
- Money still matters in relationship between Giants, Jason Pierre-Paul by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com
- A pink slip from the Giants? I’ve faced worse than being cut by an NFL team by Jameel McClain for SI.com
- Former teammates share memories of Tyler Sash by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
- Mark Herzlich laments loss of his friend Tyler Sash by Bob Glauber of Newsday
- Giants pals on Tyler Sash’s sudden death: ‘Mental instability at end’ by Steve Serby of The New York Post
- Top 10 Greatest Giants Plays: From The Helmet Catch to Leonard Marshall’s KO of Joe Montana by Hank Gola and Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Instead of practicing, the Giants will hold a “recovery day” on Friday. The players will select two of six recovery stations, based on seniority. Their choices are massage, yoga, FMS (Functional Movement Screen) exercises designed for the individual, air compression boots, contrast bath (between a hot and cold tub), and self-massage with stick rollers and elastic bands.
“Saturday changes,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Saturday becomes a full-speed drill for a minimum amount of time. But it does put them in the mode where they’ve gone full speed the day before they play.”
The team will also travel to Dallas on Saturday.