Eli Manning earns ‘franchise gold’ label in NFL.com QB rankings

Sam Spiegelman

In NFL.com’s Around the League’s latest NFL quarterback rankings, Eli Manning landed in the 7 spot, under the category of “Franchise Gold.”

Manning is one of four quarterbacks to be placed in this second tier of rankings along with Drew Brees (4), Ben Roethlisberger (5) and Matt Ryan (6).

Brees, Big Ben and Manning all own Super Bowl titles, and Ryan appears poised to follow suit sometime in the near future, as his Falcons were a mere 30 seconds from having an opportunity in 2012.

Author Marc Sessler writes this on Manning and the Giants:

“Eli comes off a down year, but I’m done doubting him … It’s no coincidence that the coaches teamed with these passers – Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, Mike Smith and Tom Coughlin – are in zero danger of losing their jobs.”

The Franchise Gold quarterbacks are second only to what Sessler labels the The Three Kings, a group comprised of Aaron Rodgers (1), Peyton Manning (2) and Tom Brady (3).

Logically, it’s hard to argue Manning fits somewhere in the top three, though his post-season success elevates to near-elite status. Elite — I know; it should be taboo at this point.

Manning is ranked properly, in our opinion. He and Roethlisberger each have two Lombardi Trophies since being drafted in 2004. Brees is a statistical phenom. And Ryan is making the case for being a top signal-caller in this league. Manning probably should be ahead of Ryan — at this point — and either 5 or 5A with Big Ben.

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