The New York Giants made sure their franchise quarterback would be settled before week one. Per reports, the Giants and franchise quarterback Eli Manning have agreed to terms on a four-year, $84 million contract extension.
Giants and Eli Manning have their agreement. Same terms but Giants agreed to main hurdle – no-trade clause.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 11, 2015
Manning is set to be locked up through his age-38 season, in a deal that includes a no trade clause and hands him $65 million in guaranteed money.
It’s a somewhat questionable deal for a 34-year old quarterback who hasn’t looked his sharpest this past preseason and also hasn’t gotten New York to the playoffs in any of the last three seasons. At 34 years old, however, Manning still has the ability to get the ball to New York’s many weapons, while a second season in offensive coordinator Bob Macadoo’s system could see Manning and the offense take flight in 2015.
This is good news for Manning heading into 2015, as the weight of a contract won’t be pulling him and the offense down. Manning and co. did look sluggish in preseason, but reports were positive out of camp and he had a solid statistical season in 2014 (30 passing touchdowns). There’s no guarantee the Giants make the playoffs under Manning in 2015, but with a healthy Victor Cruz (currently out with a calf injury) and superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Manning and co. could still field one of the league’s more potent offenses this season if all breaks right. Manning figures to be a near top-10 fantasy options going into Sunday Night Football’s clash with the hated Dallas Cowboys.