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Eli Manning's 6-Year, $97.5 Million Extension One of NFL's Biggest Deals

Aug 5, 2009 – 10:50 AM
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Eli ManningEli Manning has been rewarded for his Super Bowl victory in 2008 with what sources say is a six-year, $97.5 million contract extension (with an average annual salary of more than $15 million) that will make him one of the highest paid players in NFL history.

The contract, which would be added to the nearly $10 million Manning will make this year, is expected to be signed later today.

While the 28-year-old Manning is not typically regarded as one of the top-five quarterbacks in football -- his brother Peyton, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and several others have better numbers -- he has been one of the best in pressure situations.

His most notable accomplishment came in a Super Bowl XLII win, capped by an electric 83-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that culminated in a Manning-to-Plaxico Burress touchdown pass with 37 seconds left. The drive also featured Manning's escape from a sure sack to complete a third-down pass, on which David Tyree made one of the most-heralded catches ever, pinning the ball against his helmet as he was hit by Rodney Harrison.

Manning was the first pick in the 2004 draft by San Diego, even after he insisted he didn't want to play for the Chargers. The Giants then used the fourth pick to take Philip Rivers and traded him to the Chargers with draft picks for Manning.
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