New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is slated to have the largest cap hit in the NFL in 2013 at $20.85 million. But despite their need for more space, the Giants do not appear to be in any sort of rush to restructure his deal and have not even approached him with the idea.
"We haven’t really talked about that. That’s always an option at some point in time, but he’s proven to be worth the amount of salary-cap space that’s been allocated to him," co-owner John Mara said on Monday.
Of course, fans across the country will scream "get it done!" without thinking ahead. And as Mara mentioned on Monday, while restructuring Manning's deal would solve short-term problems, it would then create long-term problems that would impact the team negatively in future free agency periods.
"That’s something you could always do at some point to create more room. But again, the more room you create in current years, you have to pay that back at some point in time, and you don’t want to put yourself in a position where you are in salary-cap jail and you’re forced to cut an inordinate number of players. That’s something that may be discussed at some point in the future, but that’s not on our radar right now," Mara added.
Dollars to donuts 50% of people reading the headline of this article will yell from their soapbox, criticizing the Giants for not making the extra room without ever reading or understanding why it won't (and shouldn't) happen. But, regrettably, this is the Madden age we live in.
Whatever the case, the option is always there should the Giants need it, and at some point in the near future they're going to need to extend his contract beyond 2015 anyway.
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