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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 28, 2014)

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The New York Giants officially announced on Friday evening that the team has signed quarterback Eli Manning to a 4-year contract extension.

“I’m obviously excited knowing I’ll be a Giant for a long time,” Manning said. “This is where I got started and where I want to finish. I still have the same mentality. My goal is to earn this contract and do my best and keep trying to win championships for the Giants.

“It wasn’t something that I worried about getting done. In the last couple of weeks, when it was close to getting done, there were a few little things that held it up a little bit. It’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to be dealt with. I’m excited that I can start thinking about football completely. The mindset has been, I have a job to do, getting ready for Dallas, and doing my job.

“Once the talks got going and we were very close, I definitely wanted to try to get it done before the season, so I could just think about football. Even though I tried not to make it a distraction, it’s still around. You have to talk to your agent, and you’re getting updates and you’re dealing with the media. So it’s good to have that over with, so I can work on playing football and winning football games.

“Not many people come to a team and play there for an extended period of time or, hopefully, their whole careers. I feel obviously blessed to be part of the Giants family and to have played my career here, with the fans, the ownership and everything the Giants represent. It’s been a great 11 years going into 12, and hopefully we can continue to have some great years, and there are a lot of fond memories ahead of us.”

The deal is reportedly 4-year, $84 million contract extension that includes $65 million in guaranteed money and a $31 million signing bonus. Counting the final year of his current 6-year, $97.5 million contract that was signed in August 2009, the new total 5-year package is worth $101.5 million. The Daily News is reporting that $68.5 million will be paid over the next three years. The deal will also include a no-trade clause.

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). The $65 million in guaranteed money will match the NFL record the Chargers recently guaranteed quarterback Philip Rivers.

The audio of ESPN Radio’s interview with wide receiver Odell Beckham is available at

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