It may be a little early for Giants hate, but the Eli Manning story got me thinking. The New York Giants gave Eli a $97 contract yesterday. The deal makes Eli the highest paid NFL player in the game. Did the Giants misunderstand the Cash for Clunkers program?
I will give Eli his due. He won the Super Bowl. Not only did he win a Super Bowl, but he beat arguably the best team in NFL history. On top of that, Eli didn’t hide behind a defense or Hall of Fame running back. Eli made clutch throws, maybe throwing the greatest touchdown pass in Super Bowl history.
Yet, for every great Super Bowl winning quarterback you can name another one who never did it again. For whatever reason, things just fell into place for that quarterback to win a championship. Is Eli Manning the real deal or is he a guy that benefited from tremendous talent and great coaching?
I have watched a lot of Eli Manning and I can tell you, he is an average quarterback. As an Eagles fan, I have never felt the fear of an Eli Manning fourth-quarter comeback. Without Plaxico, Eli performed as a mediocre quarterback at best. Giants’ fans should prepare themselves for six more years of this because he isn’t going anywhere.
The cold facts on Eli Manning tell the real story here. Does 73 Games, 14,623 Yards, 56%, 98 TD, 74 INT and a whopping 76.1 QB Rating make you the second best player in the NFL? He has lost his opening playoff game 3 of the last 4 years. Does one great year make you the second highest paid player in the game? It did yesterday thanks to the Giants.
Here is the problem in all of this. Manning’s deal will now escalate NFL salaries to ridiculous proportions. I am not one of these guys that complain about athlete salaries but I am worried about the game here. There is going to come a point where the bubble will burst and the league will wind up in shutdown mode. That is something I don’t want to see.
The Giants have also boxed themselves into a big corner here. Eli didn’t look so great without Plaxico last year. Plaxico is long gone and so is an elite wide receiver. How are the Giants going to go out and sign a big free agent receiver when they are capped thanks to Eli? Giants’ fans have Eli for the next six years, but do they have six winning seasons to look forward to?
I think the Giants either misunderstood Obama’s program or someone has pictures on Jerry Reese.
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