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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

Giants Could Have Done Worse

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On its surface, Eli Manning's megacontract seems like lunacy on the part of the Giants. New York's defense won the Super Bowl, the rational argument goes. Nobody gave Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson nearly $100 million for quarterbacking teams to the Lombardi. Sure, Eli was the MVP, but where would he have been without David Tyree and Plaxico Burress? Goatsville, most likely.

But think about this for a minute, from the perspective of the Giants and mindful of changing NFL economics. The salary cap has stunted salaries for an entire generation of players, and if the cap is lifted, it's open season on those bursting team coffers, recession be damned.

Eli will never be Peyton. He'll always need a running game, downfield weapons and a strong defense. But the quarterback position is so important that, even with all that help, it takes a top-half-of-the-league guy to win the Super Bowl. The Giants have decided that, in these uncertain times, Eli is their top-half guy. They could do worse, and in a couple of years, plenty of teams will be scrounging around, offering $10 to $15 million a year to QBs with nowhere near his resume.

By Sean McCann  |  August 6, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  | Category:  NFL , New York Giants , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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