|Here is the best-case scenario for the Giants: See if their 38-year-old quarterback will accept a small cut he can earn back. To see how that works, Eli can stay in the family and review how older brother Peyton handled it in 2015.
The Broncos, concerned with the health, durability and performance of Peyton Manning, who had undergone complicated neck surgery four years earlier, wanted him back, but at a reduced price. They took $4 million off his base salary and converted it into incentives not likely to be earned: $2 million for getting to the Super Bowl and $2 million for winning the Super Bowl. It turned out to be a perfect match, as the Broncos’ defense carried Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl triumph and he earned back the $4 million taken off his salary.