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What Did Manning Do To Deserve This?
Posted on: August 6, 2009 2:56 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2009 2:58 pm
Let's see. His completion percentage hovered around .500 all season despite having the best backfield and offensive line in football (meaning he had more time to throw, and the defenses had to be honest and cover the run giving him more one-on-one coverage). He hardly ever threw a touchdown pass and couldn't hit a receiver in the flat if his life depended on it. So what am I missing? Why does the Giants front office feel so compelled to make this guy the highest paid player in football before the season starts?
Has anyone ever heard of incentive pay? By signing Eli now, before training camp even begins, the Giants have given this guy absolutely no reason to play. Sure, they claim that he has such a great work ethic, that he gives 110%, but is he going to give any less effort if he doesn't sign the contract? It cuts both ways Jerry. We constantly hear ownership announce that this is a business whenever they cut players or trade them away, well it's also a business when it comes to signing players and paying them what they're worth.
You cannot justify making Eli Manning the highest paid player in football merely on the record of having won one Super Bowl. With that logic, then everyone on the team should be the highest paid players for each of their respective positions. The Giants won the Super Bowl 17-14. It was hardly an offensive performance. And if it wasn't for Plaxico's height and sure hands, and a lucky grab by David Tyree, they wouldn't have even come close to winning.
I'm not saying the guy doesn't deserve to be in the league or even get a contract extension, but why now, before training camp, coming off such a disappointing 2008, and why for so much money? The fans are already being zonked by the PSL's and the increased costs associated with the new stadium. Adding Manning's new contract to the mix is hardly going to win over any more fans.
Mark my words, if and when Eli fails, and he will, it'll be Jerry Reese's head that rolls along with his.