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Eli Manning contract extension: 4 years, $84 million, 65 guaranteed

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

And a $31 million signing bonus. And a no-trade clause.

The new contract gets added to the final year of Manning’s current 6-year, $97.5 million contract. It seems the plan is to have Manning at QB for 5 more years.

The new contract averages to $21 million/year. That’s good for fourth among quarterbacks in the NFL, behind Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Russell Wilson ($21.9 million), and Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million). The $65 million guaranteed ties for the record (the Chargers’ Philip Rivers).

I’m obviously excited knowing I’ll be a Giant for a long time. This is where I got started and where I want to finish. I still have the same mentality. My goal is to earn this contract and do my best and keep trying to win championships for the Giants.

Do you think the players got a good deal?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

This article claims that the players got a raw deal when they renegotiated the CBA with the NFL owners. I agree, but not for the biggest reason the article offers – increased revenue in Green Bay. You’re looking at a bigger stadium and a 100,000 strong wait list for season tickets, not to mention a recent Super Bowl.

This quote is better evidence if you ask me: “The salary cap isn’t even supposed to increase in 2014 when the NFL will receive an influx of new television money — $3.1 billion annually from broadcast revenue, up from $1.9 billion.”

John Mara on 1-Year free agent contracts

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

John Mara of the New York Football Giants had this to say:

“That’s what’s happened quite a bit right now. You find players who are quality players who haven’t gotten the big money offered to them, that want to go somewhere where they can maybe reestablish themselves as top flight players and maybe get the big contract the next time around. And we’ve been able to take advantage of that with a few of the guys that we’ve signed. So that has been a little bit surprising to me. But when you think about it, maybe it really shouldn’t be because the cap has been relatively flat, there wasn’t a big increase this year. I think that has a lot to do with it.”

You can see it worked out well for Martellus Bennet, who signed a 1-year deal with the Giants and then got paid some bigger money after a productive year in New York.

Osi Umenyiora gets his money for 2012

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

It’s been called a restructure but all reports so far indicate Osi got a raise. Why did the Giants give him a 1 year raise?

It’s hard to say Osi has been underpaid the last few years. Sure he’s one of the best pass rushers and he will force fumbles. But he also misses a lot of games. Nevertheless, I doubt we’re Super Bowl champs without his strong play late last season.

So underpaid or not, we are better with Osi and this team is ready to win now.

Also, note the timing. Osi fires his agent, then he gets his money. Maybe the Giants are sending a big FU to Tony Agnone and maybe even a warning to other palyers that there chances of getting money with Agnone are worse than their chances with anyone else.

And several Giants had said they felt Osi was underpaid. The front office wants cohesion, wants all guys to believe the team does right by their players. This might make it easier to extend guys in the future. JPP, Cruz, Nicks – lots of important guys contracts are coming up and we want them feeling warm and fuzzy about Big Blue.

But as fans, we get to let other people worry about the business side of things as we sit back, drink our beers, pet our dogs, and watch Osi – who is still one of the best in the game at rushing the passer and forcing fumbles – win us some more games.

Giants ticket prices

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The 2011-2012 schedule for the New York Giants was just released on Tuesday and that means it’s time to scope out which games to go to this coming NFL season. After coming short on making the playoffs last year, the Giants are looking to rebound this season and reestablish themselves atop the NFC. As always, NY Giants tickets are forecasted to be in high demand.

According to SeatGeek.com, the Giants secondary market ticket prices finished the season averaging $333 per game – certainly not cheap by any means and constantly one of the most expensive tickets in the league. In fact this was high enough to earn them the highest average ticket prices rank out of all 32 NFL teams. Therefore, you might want to get in early this year and buy tickets as soon as possible. But which matchups will be the hardest to get tickets to? It’s safe to assume the Monday Night Football matchup on September 19 against the St. Louis Rams will be a tough ticket to get. We can also look at some more data from the 2010-2011 season to get an idea of which teams draw the highest prices when visiting The New Meadowlands Stadium.

Looking into the fan demand data some more, the top spots in order for highest average ticket prices last year went to the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers and proved to be the most sought after NY Giants matchups of the regular season . So while it may be a little early in the year, it looks like it might be the right time to lock in a low price to catch some of the best games for the 2011-2012 New York Giants season. Best of luck in your ticket search.

21 Giants are free agents

Friday, January 7th, 2011

This article makes it sound like there’s a good chance Barry Cofield won’t be coming back. He has been very good for the Giants. Otherwise i don’t see much of note except, of course, that the Giants have not tried to sign any free agents at all due to the CBA expiring / possible lockout / etc.

Interesting comparison by Reese

Friday, September 17th, 2010

When talking about his decision not to IR backup OT William Beatty, Reese talked about Steve Smith in 2007 and how they almost put him on IR (he missed 11 games) but then he came in on fire and lit it up for the playoff / Super Bowl run.

Here’s the Mike Garafolo article on this. Reese decided to keep Beatty on the roster even though he knew it meant losing Kehl (who was cut to make room for TE Bear Poscoe) who was a pretty hot commodity once released.

Why Kehl, the worst Giants linebacker on a pretty average linebacking unit, turned out to be so well-loved by other teams is beyond me but that’s another issue entirely.

Eli an average QB who is grossly overpaid?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

This Forbes article puts Eli in some unsavory company. The author’s argument seems to be that:

1. Manning’s passer rating has averaged a pedestrian 17th in the NFL over the past three seasons, with one Pro Bowl selection

2. If not for Giant receiver David Tyree’s helmet catch on a desperation heave, Super Bowl XLII would have become just another feather in Tom Brady’s cap

I can’t be bothered to average the past 3 years but 2009 is easy enough:
Tom Brady = 28 TDS 13 INTS 4,398 YDS 96.2 Rating
Eli Manning = 27 TDS 14 INTS 4,021 YDS 93.1 Rating

And Tyree’s awesome catch was a damn good throw so why pick on that play? Pick on one of Eli’s mistakes maybe!

On the surface, the author looks like a total moron, even putting Eli among QBs that got similar money and performed less. Jamarcus Russell got 31 million over the last 3 years, Mark Bulger (31 mil) and Jay Cutler got 36.8 mil. Would the author rather build a franchise around one of those guys?

I’m not saying Manning is the best player in the NFL or even in the top 5 or 10. But I do think he’s a top 10 QB – can you name 10 better QBs? He might be slightly overpaid based on that but not based on being the face of a franchise. However, he’s certainly not one of the worst salaries in the league.

2014 Super Bowl coming to New York

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

“We believe the owners have the faith in us that 3½ years from now we’ll put on a remarkable event,” Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch said on the NFL Network. “The greatest game in the world will be played on the greatest stage in the world.”

Nice article here on why we should have a cold weather Super Bowl.

Giants will be the first NFL team to monitor players’ heart rates

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The Giants this off season will be monitoring the heart rates of 15 players as a kind of test study to see if they can identify when players overtrain and stuff. Apparently runners and other track and other endurance athletes have been doing this a while – a lower heart rate at rest indicates better conditioning and there are implications for how much recovery time is needed.

Surprisingly, no NFL team has yet to do it according to a quote in this article. Let’s hope it helps cut down on injuries.