Eli Manning has expressed a sense of urgency regarding his contract extension for the first time and may even have set a deadline for a deal to be finalized.
"I'm not a big fan of negotiations going on during the season," Manning told WFAN Tuesday morning. "I'm hoping if this thing is going to get done, it's going to get done very quickly. I would think both sides would want to do it that way and not have these talks continue on."
Manning is entering the last year of his contract with the Giants, and the two sides have been working toward an agreement throughout the preseason. When completed, the new deal undoubtedly will make Manning one of the highest paid players in the NFL, if not the highest. He is due to earn $17 million in base salary in 2015, and if the Giants want to keep him next year without an extension, it would cost them over $20 million to apply the franchise tag.
The Giants have said that they too would like to have Manning's contract settled before the start of the regular season. With kickoff for that just five days away, that leaves little time to hammer out the details. Manning said on Monday that there had been some progress but did not sound as if anything is imminent.
"No updates," Manning said in the radio interview Tuesday. "There's been some talking, but my focus is still on the Cowboys. I'm not going to make that a distraction."