Giants save cap money by signing Eli Manning to $97.5 million deal in arcade tokens

The New York Giants locked up quarterback Eli Manning today with a $97.5 million contract that will keep him in a Giants uniform for six more years. The figure will count zero actual dollars against the salary cap, however, as Manning requested the entire amount be paid in arcade tokens. Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he credits the ingenious maneuver to Manning. "He took one for the team," said Reese. "We wanted to pay him in money, but he insisted on arcade tokens. And he wanted his signing bonus in those paper tickets you use to buy stuff at the arcade counter. He says he's had his eye on a big sand toy they have way up high on the top shelf. He's been tricking out his sandbox." Manning says he is excited to remain a Giant: "Wheeeeeee!"