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Eli Manning watches his price tag continue to rise

Eli Manning, who can become a free agent after the 2015 season, has watched his price tag continue to rise with each new QB contract (Graziano, May 19).

This week Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannenhill signed a six-year, $96 million dollar extension that pays him over $19 million annually. In recent seasons Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton have all inked new deals worth north of $100 million. Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton are each rumored to be working on new deals with their current teams as well. This would only further drive up the QB market for Manning before hitting free agency.

Earlier this offseason Manning was asked on a conference call if he was comfortable playing out his current contract (April 20):

“Yeah, I am comfortable. I have a job to do and that is to play football and that is my only concern, so I have never got too caught up with contract stuff. The way I look at it is that I have one more year and I am going to play that one more year and go from there.”

The Giants will still be able to franchise Manning at a high price tag next offseason if a new deal is unable to be reached.

Last season Manning completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns with 14 interceptions for a QB rating of  92.1.

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Beckham says NFL players should make more money

Citing the fact that they typically have shorter careers than players in other major sports, Odell Beckham, Jr. says that NFL players should be paid more than they’re currently getting (Walder, May 18).

Noting how dangerous a career in the NFL can be, Beckham said “It’s not even a full-contact sport, I would call it a full-collision sport. You have people running who can run 20 miles per hour and they’re running downhill to hit you, and you’re running 18 mph. That’s a car wreck.”

Beckham continued:

“It’s just the careers are shorter,” Beckham said. “There’s injuries that you have after you leave the game, brain injuries, whatever it is, nerve injuries. And it’s just something that I feel as if there’s no way someone who — even if they did their three or four years in the league — should have to worry about money for the rest of their lives.”

Beckham, 22, signed a four-year deal worth $10.4 million after the Giants selected him 12th overall in the 2014 Draft.

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Beckham has a point, although I doubt any average working man would agree. Of the four major team sports played professionally in North America, NFL Players are paid the least (Forbes, Jan 23).

According to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes Magazine, NFL has the lowest average salary per player at approximately $2 million with a minimum salary of $405K.

The NBA has the highest average ($4.9M) with a minimum of $507K. The NHL has the highest minimum ($550K) but players only averaged $2.58M per. MLB players averaged $3.82M per with a minimum of $490K.

Americans have little sympathy for anyone making this type of money regardless of how short their careers are. The US Census Bureau reported that the 2013 median household income in the US was $51,939.

The average NFL career is 3.5 years, their average expected earnings is around $7 million. Figuring the the work life of average Americans is approximately 40 years, they would need to average $175K over that time to match the very minimum of NFL player earnings.



Ereck Flowers, Landon Collins included in Giants projected starters released the New York Giants’ projected starters for the 2015 season. Included on the list are rookies Ereck Flowers and Landon Collins, whom the team selected in the first and second rounds of the draft respectively.

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Flowers, the No. 9 overall pick, is pegged as the the Giants’ starting right tackle, leaving 2013 first-rounder Justin Pugh inside at the left guard spot. Pugh takes over for the offensive line’s weak link, Jerry John, and joins an interior part of the unit which features Weston Richburg at center and Geoff Schwartz at right guard.

Sticking with offense, Victor Cruz returns to the starting wide receiving unit alongside Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham, Jr. and Rueben Randle. Larry Donnell maintains his stranglehold on the tight end job, while Rashad Jennings is currently penciled in as the starting running back ahead of second-year back Andre Williams and free-agent addition Shane Vereen.

Collins, the Giants’ second-round pick, is one of the starting safeties alongside Nat Berhe. Cooper Taylor was projected to be the starter opposite Collins, meaning these battles are subject to OTA and training camp competitions.

The rest of the secondary includes Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, with Trumaine McBride — not Jayron Hosley — in the slot.

The Giants’ front seven remains pretty much intact with Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, and Cullen Jenkins along the defensive line. projects Robert Ayers to earn a starting job ahead of Markus Kuhn or third-round pick Owamagbe Odighizuwa. The rookie should see playing time, particularly in the Giants’ pass-rush situations and blitz packages.

Jon Beason, J.T. Thomas and Davon Kennard are pegged as the starting linebacker trio. It’s pretty spot-on considering the depth — or lack thereof — behind those three. Thomas is a free agent addition from Jacksonville and boasts more athleticism and experience than Jonathan Casillas, the No. 2 backer on the depth chart.


Last chance for Robinson to fulfill Reese’s prophecy

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Remember back after the 2012 NFL Draft when GM Jerry Reese called Adrien Robinson, the team’s fourth round selection out of Cincinnati “the JPP of tight ends?”

We do. And with Reese still trying to fulfill that prophecy by keeping the ineffective, enigmatic Robinson around instead of cutting or replacing him, here we stand four seasons later still wondering if  it will ever come to pass (Football Nation, May 18).

The Giants have passed on many players since then in hopes that the light would go on for Robinson, but they haven’t seen any real progress.  He is entering the final year of his rookie contract (4 years, $2,485,652) and the Giants would have to see a lot from Robinson this season to consider bringing him back.

His career got off to a slow start, playing in only three games over his first two seasons. Last year, the 6’4″, 264 lb Robinson played in all 16 games, recording just five receptions for 50 yards and a TD. He was primarily used as a blocking TE and on special teams. Perhaps he is ready for a bigger role in 2015.

But to gain those reps, Robinson must continue to mature as a player. He will have more competition this summer in camp. Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells are still ahead of him on the depth chart and the team signed two undrafted free agents – Matt LaCosse of Illinois and Stony Brook’s Will Tye, who played at Florida State before moving up the coast to Long Island.

This summer will be the last chance for Robinson to make a genius out of Reese. Will he do it?


Crucial season for some of Giants’ biggest names

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Change has come to the Giants much quicker than most expected. With only a small group remaining from their Super Bowl championship team in 2011, the team is taking on a new shape. Historically, the Giants have embraced change very slowly. Those days appear to be ending. The Giants are embarking on a new era.

The ownership group is one of the NFL’s oldest and most stable. The Mara family has been in place since the league’s early days. Their partners, the Tisches, are one of the weathliest and most philanthropic families in America. Forbes Magazine ranks the Giants the fourth-richest team in the NFL.

But there is where the stability ends . Yes, Tom Coughlin is still the head coach and Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz are still the team’s marquee names. But that could be changing after this season.

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What to expect from Eli Manning in his second season under Ben McAdoo

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JuanJoseph Juan: The addition of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to the New York Giants coaching staff in 2014 was met with much fanfare. Coming over from the Green Bay Packers with the same West Coast offense that had helped turn Aaron Rodgers into a perennial top-five quarterback, optimism was high that McAdoo could help lift Eli Manning into the upper echelon of the position.

But after a disastrous preseason in which Manning completed just 48.8% of his passes for a paltry 188 yards, fans quickly called on McAdoo to scrap his “over-complicated” system in favor of a simpler one.

Luckily for Eli and the rest of the offense, McAdoo held steadfast to his philosophy and the Giants would eventually be rewarded with one of Manning’s best statistical seasons as a pro. Despite a slow start, Manning managed to post his best completion percentage (63.1%), second-best touchdown total (30), and third-highest quarterback rating (92.1) of his career.

So now with another year under his belt and improvements in almost every facet of the passing game, the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Eli can continue to build off last year’s performance and propel his team to the top of the NFC East in 2015 >>  To read more of this story, click here

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants (L) congratulates his brother quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts on his 26-21 victory on September 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)

In big games, Manning Bros. have left Brady deflated

fd557662d831553758bd32dfd48c9fa7John Fennelly, Big Blue Blitz

The football world is currently wrestling with the possibly irreparable damage to New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s legacy. Over his 15-year career, he has been the beneficiary of several scandals involving his club’s cloak and dagger escapades and the court of public opinion is preparing to forego his four championship wins and his avalanche of personal achievements and knock him down a few notches.

With every Super Bowl victory, Brady solidifies himself as one of the all-time greats. But, at the same time, with every petty transgression, Brady is becoming one of the game’s most vilified figures. He is being labeled a cheater and a liar and has fallen out of favor with most Americans south of the Connecticut border.

He’s part of a pantheon of four-time Super Bowl-winning QBs, along with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, but not every day in his career has belonged to him. He has taken some stinging defeats in his illustrious career as well.

If there is any solace these days for the Brady-hating public, its that he has been denied further greatness by the Brothers Manning. Peyton and Eli have combined to prevent Brady from winning four more titles, which would have undoubtedly made him the greatest player in NFL history >>  To read more of this story, click here