Thursday, August 06, 2009

$97 million for Eli Manning

Eli Manning agreed to a six-year, $97 million contract extension, an average salary of roughly $15.3 million, according to a person close to the talks. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not signed and had not been announced, said Manning is guaranteed $35 million under the deal that will keep him with the Giants through the 2015 season.

The easygoing New Orleans native, who took over as the Giants starter midway through his rookie season in 2004, has proved a worthy No. 1 overall draft pick. In his first four NFL seasons, Manning has won a Super Bowl and was MVP of the game, helped his team to the playoffs all four years and is coming off his first Pro Bowl season.

Now he's set to make more money than even older brother Peyton.

The extension will pay Eli Manning $200,000 per year more than All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders, who agreed to a three-year, $45.3 million contract this year.

Peyton Manning earns an average of $14.17 million annually with the Indianapolis Colts.

Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers has Eli Manning beat this season, when he'll make $16.7 million — but it's only a one-year deal.

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