Nine days after the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning reached a tentative agreement, it was officially confirmed that Manning was given a six-year, $97 million extension.
The Giants would be glad to keep the quarterback through 2015 with the contract paying him $35 million of guaranteed money and an average salary of $15.3 million. The star quarterback has started the last 71 games for the team, the third-longest streak among active quarterbacks at the end of last season and was the first Giants quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and at least 20 touchdowns in four consecutive seasons.
The contract will also make Manning the highest-paid player in the league, but Manning is just as low-key as usual, saying that he would not feel more pressure under the new contract and do his best for the team as he had done since he put on the giants jersey.
"My job is to play quarterback for the New York Giants and try to win games," he said. "Nothing has changed. My responsibilities have not changed. I am trying to go out there, do my part, play well and lead this team."