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Eli Manning 'comfortable' with contract status

Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks

Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks on during warm-ups prior to their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Alex Goodlett

Eli Manning said he'd have no problem playing under the final year of his contract if he does not get an extension from the Giants before the start of the 2015 season.

"I'm comfortable," he said of that possibility during a conference call Monday. "I have a job to do and that's to play football and that's my only concern. I've never gotten too caught up in contract stuff. The way I look at it, I have one more year and I'm going to play that year, and then we'll go from there."

Manning, 34, will earn a base salary of $17 million in 2015, the final year on the extension he and the team brokered in 2009. That deal came at a time when Manning was facing the final year of his rookie contract.

There is plenty of time to work out an agreement, and earlier this offseason, team president John Mara said he hoped one would be reached.

It would lower the salary-cap hit on Manning by presumably turning some of his 2015 salary into a bonus and also would maintain the stability at quarterback the Giants have enjoyed for more than a decade.

Conversely, though, allowing Manning to play out his contract would protect the Giants in the event they felt the need to start over completely after another disappointing season.

Mara ended last season by suggesting that 2015 will be a win-or-else year for many in the organization. Perhaps that goes for Manning, too.

Even if the Giants do not extend Manning, they can use a franchise tag on him to prevent him from reaching free agency in 2016.

As for the upcoming season, Manning reported Monday along with most other Giants for the first day of offseason workouts.

"There's definitely room for improvement," he said, adding that some of his goals in his second season with Ben McAdoo's offense include scoring more points, lowering interceptions to single digits (he said eight -- one every two games -- is an acceptable number) and completing 70 percent of his passes.

Phase I of the offseason program is limited to strength and conditioning, but Manning already has been working with his receivers at a passing camp at Duke University earlier this month. Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle all attended the three-day event.

Manning called the CBA rules that prohibit such workouts at team facilities until later in the offseason "a little ridiculous."

"It makes it hard to work with your guys," he said. "Those are the rules we decided on and we have to abide by them."

Notes & quotes: Manning called CBA rules that limit offseason workouts "ridiculous" and one of the reasons he gathered his receivers for a three-day passing camp at Duke this month. Among them was Victor Cruz, coming off a torn patellar tendon. Manning said Cruz was able to jog and catch some passes and, more importantly, catch up on changes in the offense that took place after he was injured in Week 6 . . . DE Jason Pierre-Paul did not attend the voluntary workouts. The Giants used the franchise tag on him but he has yet to sign the contract. He has been posting photos of his workouts in Florida on social media . . . Jon Beason said he spoke with Antonio Pierce and Jonathan Vilma about playing MLB for new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Beason said his rehab from foot surgery and an injury that cost him most of last season is going well and that he is able to run and cut . . . Newly signed RB Shane Vereen said he will visit the White House this week with his former Patriots teammates. "It's always something I wanted to do," he said. "I can check it off my bucket list. I'm looking forward to meeting the president."

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