Eli Manning doesn’t really do the passive-aggressive thing as well as Russell Wilson.
But when he said this week he didn’t like negotiating during the season, the message was apparently received.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Giants and their quarterback are “finalizing” a four-year, $84 million extension “that could be signed tomorrow.” PFT has confirmed the deal is close, and that one of the final hold-ups is whether the guaranteed money will include offset language.
He was headed into the final year of his contract.
Of course, the details will tell the true story of the deal once it’s signed, and whether Manning will in any way be considered the highest-paid player in the league — even though that’s not important to him. At first glance, it’s off Aaron Rodgers-level money by a million a year, but Eli isn’t an Aaron Rodgers-level quarterback either.
What is important is the Giants have their two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback one step closer to taken care of.