After two straight losing seasons, the New York Giants are ready to prepare for QB Eli Manning’s eventual departure.
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The New York Giants will reportedly allow starting QB Eli Manning to play out his contract and are not close to any kind of extension.
According to a report by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, that the Giants and Manning are far apart on terms of a new deal and that the Giants are “comfortable” letting him play out the final year of his contract in 2015. But even if the Giants do choose not to extend Manning before his contract expires, they can still give him the franchise tag in 2016 that will give him a guaranteed one-year deal that would keep him with the team until the end of 2016 without needing to negotiate an extension.
Manning, who has started 167 consecutive games – the most among active NFL QBs – led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He is the Giants’ all-time leading passer, but has struggled mightily with turnovers over the past few years and the team is currently in the midst of two straight losing seasons.
The desire for Manning along with San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers to get a contract extension stems from the recent deal given to Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (5-years, $99 million). All three of those QBs were taken together in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft, and all have led their teams to multiple division titles and deep playoff runs.
In 2014, set career highs in completions, pass attempts and accuracy – thanks in large part to the emergence of WR Odell Beckham Jr.