Eli Manning wants a contract extension with the New York Giants. The star quarterback’s agent, Tom Condon, believes that his client will eventually get another long-term deal with the East Rutherford, New Jersey, club.
"The interesting part about it is, since 1993, the inception of free agency, has there ever been an elite quarterback [who] hit the open market?" Condon responded to the New York Daily News, when asked about the contract negotiations between the Giants and Manning. Condon went on to mention the likes of Peyton Manning, Eli’s brother, and Drew Brees, both of whom had issues with their health but got a long-term deal late in their career.
"The quarterbacks always get done," Condon added. "And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it's not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that. You know you're going to go in and it's going to get done. I'm sure at the appropriate time it'll happen."
The 34-year-old Manning is set to earn $17.5 million in the 2015 NFL season but his contract expires after the year. Other quarterbacks currently have bigger salaries, on average per season, including the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million), Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton ($20.76 million), Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan ($20.75 million), New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees ($20 million) and Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco ($20.1 million).
Manning, who was the first overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft, and then immediately traded to the Giants, has led the team to two NFL titles, in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, and both times was named the Super Bowl MVP.