It took more than a week to become official but Eli Manning and the Giants were both breathing sighs…
Eli Deal Finally Done
Including Manning's $9.4-million base salary for this season, his new deal is a seven-year, $106.9-million contract. The average of $15.3 million per season is slightly higher than Raiders corner back Nnamdi Asomugha's rate of $15.1 million per year. Asomugha's deal, which he signed in February, made him the highest-paid player (based on average pay per season) for the past six months.
"All of us – Eli and this organization – are pleased to have this officially done," Giants GM Jerry Reese said. "Our total focus is on our performance on the field and being the best team we can be in 2009."
Needless to say Manning was unavailable for comment when the news broke around 7 a.m. but he's expected to discuss his new deal during lunch after today's morning workout. More to come…
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