With the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning on the brink of finalizing a new four-year, $84 million contract, that will pay him $21 million per year, there are many people who will say he’s not worth that kind if money.
Now I know the Giants haven’t made the playoffs since their 2011 Super Bowl run, but you have to factor in how much rebuilding they’ve had to do since then.
First of all, 2011 was only four years ago and the Giants have a new receiving corp, except for Victor Cruz who suffered a serious knee injury last season. Their running backs are completely different and their offensive line has been revamped. And when you look at their defensive line it’s obvious they don’t have a credible pass rusher other than Jason Pierre-Paul who still needs to prove he can be the pro bowl player was in 2011.
When you look at Manning’s body of work from 2014, you’ll actually noticed it was one of his best NFL seasons after completing 63 percent (career high) of his passes for 4,410 yards (2nd highest in his career) and 30 touchdown passes (another career high). It’s obvious the West Coast Offense is a great fit for Manning and the Giants are banking on him continuing to trending upward even at the age of 34.
Now I know Manning and the Giants haven’t won a Super Bowl in four years or like I said earlier, haven’t even made the playoffs during that span of time. But he hasn’t shown any signs of falling off after the way he played last season and the two Super Bowl titles he brought to the Giants are enough of a reason to pay him.