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Today, we’ll be discussing Eli Manning‘s contract situation. The Giants QB is entering his walk year and his agent is currently discussing an extension with Big Blue. One might think that recent deals for quarterbacks, including Philip Rivers, would provide the two sides with a blueprint to get a deal done, but agent Tom Condon is aiming way, way higher. Manning’s rep, we learned yesterday, wants to make Manning the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
Currently, Aaron Rodgers is the highest paid QB in the league with a $110MM deal that takes him through 2019. That pact includes a $33,25MM signing bonus with $54MM guaranteed and the average annual value of Rodgers’ deal comes out to a healthy $22MM. It wouldn’t be ludicrous of Condon to ask for a similar AAV given the deals inked by Ryan Tannehill, Cam Newton, and Ben Roethlisberger this offseason, but it’s hard to imagine giving Manning a Rodgers-type deal on the whole.
Most of us can agree that, on merit, Manning should not be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. What we want to know is – what kind of deal do you think the Giants should give Manning? Or, do you think that the Giants should roll the dice and allow Manning to play out the 2015 season? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.