On Thursday and Friday in the NFL, money was being distributed in a big-time way to a few players. Five different players received long, big money contract extensions to stay with their current teams for a good period of time.
Eli Manning – Quarterback – New York Giants
- 4-year, $84 million contract extension, $31 million in guaranteed money
- Two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback
Eli Manning is now the fourth paid quarterback in terms of average, getting $21 million a season. He is a two-time, Super Bowl MVP and deserves the pay day. He has weapons to get the ball to in Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz.
A.J. Green – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati Bengals
- 4-year, $60 million contract extension, signed through 2019
A.J. Green has been a stellar wide receiver for the Bengals. He has 329 receptions, 4,874 and 35 touchdowns for his career. He has the fourth most receiving yards through his first four seasons. The other three receivers ahead of him; Randy Moss, Torry Hold and Jerry Rice. The Bengals also have Green’s quarterback Andy Dalton signed through the 2020 season.
Anthony Castonzo – Left Tackle – Indianapolis Colts
- 4-year, $43 million contract extension
The blind side of Andrew Luck will be protected for the foreseeable future. One of the premier quarterbacks will be heavily protected going forward. This was a good extension for the Colts.
Marcel Dareus – Defensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills
- 6-year, $100 million contract extension
This is a great extension for Dareus and the Bills. In his first four seasons, after being drafted 3rd overall in the 2011 NFL draft out of Alambama, he has made two trips to the Pro-Bowl and was a First Team All-Pro in 2014. Now he gets to be coached by Rex Ryan who is a great defensive coordinator.