- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the New York Giants set to begin training camp practices Friday, they still haven't extended quarterback Eli Manning's contract beyond the 2015 season. But as has been the case for months, nobody seems overly stressed out about it.
"I think we'll get it done at some point in time," Giants owner John Mara said Thursday. "We're just going through the usual things that you go through. The agent asks for the moon, we make a reasonable offer, at some point he'll come to his senses and we'll have an agreement. There's nothing unusual about any of this."
Manning, 34, had one of his best statistical seasons in 2014, posting a career-high in completion percentage and the second-highest single-season yardage and touchdown totals of his career. Entering the second year with Ben McAdoo as his offensive coordinator, Manning and the Giants expect a high-level performance. The team wouldn't mind getting the deal done now and clearing it off of next spring's to-do list, but it's not essential. If need be, they could use the franchise player designation on Manning next spring and keep him off the market.
"I think, ideally, we would like to have that done, but if not, I don't think it's going to affect our relationship with him or the fact that we will eventually get it done," Mara said. "We'd like to have it done before the season is over, but if it doesn't happen, then I'm still confident."
Manning is scheduled to earn $17.5 million this year and count $19.75 million against the salary cap.
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