Eli Manning on contract extension: 'I haven't made a big deal about it'

Sunday April 26th, 2015

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he has not had discussions with the team about a contract extension and that the lack of talks has not worried him.

Speaking at the March of Dimes' March for Babies in Manhattan on Sunday, Manning told reporters he is content with his current deal. Manning, 34, could become a free agent after the upcoming season. The Giants could also place the franchise tag on him.

"Nothing has been brought up yet," Manning said, reports the New York Daily News. "I haven't made a big deal about it."

Manning signed his current six-year deal in 2009 and renegotiated it with the Giants in 2012. He will make $17 million in 2015 with a $19.75 million cap hit.

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Under first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo last season, Manning enjoyed a bounce-back year after a down 2013 campaign, completing a career-high 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Giants finished 6–10, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Manning, the first overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL draft, was one of four quarterbacks selected in the first round. The second, the San Diego Chargers' Phillip Rivers, has been linked to trade rumors throughout the offseason. The third, Ben Roethlisberger, signed a five-year, $99 million extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers last month.

"[The contract] is not something I'm going to argue about or make a fuss about," Manning said Sunday. "I look at it like, 'Hey, I signed a six-year contract, and I've never once mentioned contract to them or anything or tried to get extended.'

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"I'm going to play out those six years, and hopefully my play and the success of the team will dictate the future of me being in New York."

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