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Sarah Schorno
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Sarah Schorno

The editor of Playing the Field and a contributor to Deadspin and The Huffington Post

Eli So Not Worth It

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Eli Manning is most certainly not worth $106 million. While the Giants would have renewed his contract in the spring if not now, they could have saved themselves a few dollars by waiting.

Many of the elements that have allowed Eli to be successful over the past few years are no longer in place and it leaves questions as to how he will perform without them. The absence of Plaxico, who had the ability to come down with imperfectly thrown balls, will force Eli to be more accurate, something he has struggled with in the past. While the Giants have a roster of capable receivers stepping up, none of them have shown Plaxico's ability to make those tough catches under pressure.

The adjustments at receiver also places focus on the offensive line's job to give Eli more time to throw. Putting the "great escape" during the Super Bowl aside, Eli is not the most accurate QB on the run, especially without Plaxico. While the team itself is capable of moving on from Plax, there is still a question of whether Eli can.

With Eli's contract not up until this year the Giants had the option of placing the franchise tag on him, allowing them to ride out the year, scout some talent and see where this season's numbers end up. Sure, he could have a great year and justify his price tag. He could also perform terribly and allow the Giants to negotiate a more reasonable number.

In addition to the possible salary cap space this might have saved, it also could have helped the fans swallow this pill a little easier. For a team who has been widely criticized for the price of its new stadium, exorbitant licensing fees charged to its fans, and high ticket prices, it would have gone a long way to hold off until they could prove Eli's worth.

By Sarah Schorno  |  August 6, 2009; 5:31 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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Two words- Mark Rypien. Super Bowl MVP following the '91 season, Redskins signed him to a 3-year, $9 million deal entering the 1992 season. His passer rating fell from 97.9 in 1991 to 71.7 in 1992 and his interceptions outnumbered his touchdowns 17 to 13. Hurt in '93, he went on to a lengthy career as a clipboard holder in Cleveland, St. Louis, Philly, and Indy. Eli is no Rypien, but he's no Peyton either.

Posted by: kguy1 | August 7, 2009 2:18 PM

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