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Big $5 million payday keeps Eli Manning, Giants bound together

From ESPN - March 18, 2018

This is the day that the marriage between Eli Manning and the New York Giants officially gets renewed. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback earns his $5 million roster bonus Sunday just for being on the 90-man roster.

The bonus was guaranteed as long as Manning was on the roster Sunday, the fifth day of the new league year, a source familiar with his contract said. The Giants starting quarterback wouldve had to be cleared off the roster by 4 p.m. ET Saturday not to earn the bonus. That did not happen, and was not expected to.

The $5 million will be paid out to Manning on Wednesday, according to the terms of his current contract.

The Giants and their new regime committed to Manning immediately after new coach Pat Shurmur was hired. Shurmur said the 37-year-old quarterback has several good years remaining.

This was just over a month after Manning was benched during the 3-13 season in 2017. Backup Geno Smith started in his place in Week 13 against the Oakland Raiders. General manager Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo were fired after the contest and Manning was reinserted as the starter for the remainder of the season.

The Giants have said on multiple occasions since then that Manning remains their starting quarterback. They want to move forward with the player they acquired in a draft-day trade in 2004. The roster bonus is a renewal of their vows.

Manning is headed into his 15th season with the Giants. He has two years remaining on his contract and is set to make $16 million this season. He will count $22.2 million against the salary cap unless his contract is altered.

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