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Eli Scores Bigger Paycheck Than Peyton

Eli, with a bigger paycheck than Peyton?

That apparently will become reality with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the verge of signing a six-year, $97.5 million contract extension that by some measures will make him the NFL's highest-paid player.

Manning's new deal is expected to include $35 million guaranteed, with an average salary of $15.3 million - most for an NFL player on a multiyear contract. It eclipses the $15.1 million average Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (three years, $45.3 million) received with a contract signed in February.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers still has the league's highest average salary when including one-year franchise tag tenders. Peppers is due $16.7 million this season.

Peyton Manning, Eli's older brother, averages $14.17 million a year as the Indianapolis Colts star quarterback and was the NFL's highest-paid player in average salary last year.

Tom Condon, agent for both Mannings, was unavailable for comment Wednesday, and the Giants indicated the deal to keep their quarterback through the 2015 season wasn't finalized. Eli Manning didn't talk to the news media Wednesday.

"We're hopeful," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "If it gets done, we'll be pleased."

Manning, coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, has started 71 consecutive regular-season games and guided the Giants to the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. He was MVP of Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the New England Patriots.

"He's a franchise quarterback," Reese said. "He's done everything we ask him to do. He's come in, he takes a lot of flak from (critics) and he just keeps going. He does what we ask him to do on the field. He does what we ask him to do off the field. He's a good football player."

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