Quarterback Eli Manning has agreed to a new six-year, $97 million contract extension with the New York Giants that will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL with an average salary of roughly $15.3 million.
A person close to the talks who asked not to be identified says Manning is guaranteed $35 million under the deal that will keep him with the Giants through the 2015 season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not signed and had not been announced.
Manning declined to talk to the media at lunch.
This deal gives him an average salary roughly $200,000 higher than the one earned by Oakland’s All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who agreed to a three-year, $45.3 million contract this year.
Manning’s older brother, Peyton, earns an average of $14.17 million annually with Indianapolis.
Eli Manning led the Giants to a Super Bowl upset of New England in February 2008 and was named the game’s MVP. He was in the final year of the contract he signed as the No. 1 overall pick in 2004.
All atwitter about Twitter
The Miami Dolphins are at the forefront of an NFL clampdown on Twitter and other social media, with new restrictions imposed on players, reporters and even spectators.
Miami’s secretive Bill Parcells prohibits fans and media at training-camp practices from tweeting, blogging or texting. At least six other teams – Denver, New England, Buffalo, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Detroit – have also imposed such restrictions on reporters, even though the workouts are open to the public.
However, those restrictions run contrary to a recommendation from NFL headquarters that teams allow tweeting and blogging during training camp practices.
“It is not practical to prohibit media from doing some reporting (via tweeting, texting, blogging, etc.),” an NFL memo to teams said.
Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Khalif Barnes, a former University of Washington player, is expected to miss the start of the regular season after an MRI revealed a fractured left ankle. … A Minnesota judge ruled that Vikings linemen Kevin and Pat Williams can play this season unless a federal court gets involved and backs the NFL’s bid to suspend them for violating anti-doping rules. … Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who sprained his left knee Saturday, is back practicing with Minnesota. … Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker was arrested on a marijuana possession charge near the team’s training camp in Bethlehem, Pa. … Former Seahawks receiver D.J. Hackett signed with the Washington Redskins. … Wide receiver Harry Douglas was carted off Atlanta’s practice field with an apparent left knee injury. … Cleveland wide receiver Braylon Edwards practiced after missing Cleveland’s first four days of training camp with an undisclosed injury. … The Cincinnati Bengals placed tight end Reggie Kelly on injured reserve after Achilles’ tendon surgery in his left leg, ending his season. … The Carolina Panthers have placed starting defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu on injured reserve, ending his season the same day he underwent surgery on his torn right Achilles’ tendon. Kemoeatu injured his leg on the Panthers’ first day of practice Monday.