The Giants, to much fanfare, signed the charmingly yokelish Giants quarterback to a six-year, $97.5 million contract extension last month, which, on its surface, made him the highest-paid quarterback ever. The yearly average value of the extension, $16.25 million, is the highest for anybody in NFL history. This raised considerable eyebrows around the NFL because, well, let's see, what's the best way to say this ... the notion that Eli Manning is the best quarterback in his immediate family, let alone the best quarterback in NFL history, is something that no one has ever argued, probably not even Eli himself. They're making him the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL? The whole history?
But that's not what the Giants were doing. NFL contracts are famously complicated and intricate, and highly prone to being ripped up and undone (to the team;s benefit, not the player's).