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Roman Oben
Retired Football Player

Roman Oben

Played 12 years as a tackle in the NFL

Well Deserved Pay Raise

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Eli Manning is as valuable to the New York Giants organization as his brother is to Indianapolis. He deserves every bit of the $35 million guaranteed the Giants will pay him.

During my first three years as a starting left tackle with the Giants, I had to suffer through Dave Brown, Danny Kanell and Kent Graham until Kerry Collins arrived in 1999. I remember the jokes people would make back then: the best quarterback in New York plays for the Knicks (Charlie Ward).

Eli Manning is certainly better than the aforementioned quarterbacks, and people can't unfairly compare his success and abilities based on his brother. There are only a few other current quarterbacks who can compare statistically to Peyton Manning.

I spent my last four years in the league with the Chargers, and my going to San Diego was actually a part of the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade. Until Rivers takes San Diego to the Super Bowl, it's safe to say Manning got the better end of that deal.

It all comes down to each quarterback's value to his organization. Phil Simms is the best quarterback ever to wear a Giants uniform. If Eli Manning just shows up every Sunday, five to seven years from now, three more Pro Bowls later and possibly with another Super Bowl ring, Eli would have broken every passing record in Giants history.

Now I'm certain (as is the Giants organization and coaching staff) he will do much more than just "show up" every Sunday.


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By Roman Oben  |  August 6, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  | Category:  New York Giants , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Eli is a franchise qb who deserves franchise $$. I agree another SB win + 3 Pro Bowl seasons will cement him as the greatest Giant qb, at least up there with Y.A. Tittle.

Posted by: pdfordiii | August 6, 2009 2:11 PM

A hundred-odd million dollars in his pocket later, it's hard to argue with Oben's point that "Manning got the better end" of the deal that brought him to NY.

Even with a championship, the jury is still out on whether the Giants have - or ever will - get their money's worth for a guy who completes roughly half of his passes and can easily put up three picks before the cheese congeals on my Sunday nachos.

And I'm a lifelong Giants fan.

Posted by: TheProFromDover | August 6, 2009 5:34 PM

Don't just look at the amount of money. Take a look at the market Manning plays in. Eli's brother Peyton may make a small amount less per season, but the cost of living in Indianapolis is significantly less than the New York/New Jersey metro area. In any event, by next year, Eli will only be the 5th or 6th highest paid player and in three years, he will be 20th and everyone will think the Giants are getting a deal.

Posted by: jwaldauer | August 7, 2009 2:50 PM

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