ELI MANNING: WORTH THE BIG MONEY?
The NY Daily News reports that Eli Manning will get a monstrous contract offer from the Giants sometime next season, the last on his current deal. They write that Manning will be the next member of the $100 million QB club, and his salary might eclipse that of his brother Peyton.
This begs a few questions. Has he reached his ceiling? Is he worth it? He was terrible in the playoff game against Philly and did not have a QB rating of over 80 until this year. Nothing about his numbers stands out, and nothing about his skills stands out to me either. If you’re going to lineup the best QBs in the league, where does he sit? Here are some of his rankings from this season:
- Passing Yards: 17th
- Touchdowns: 10th (tied)
- Passer Rating: 14th (tied)
- Completion %: 19th
- Yards Per Attempt: 20th
- Pass Plays of 20+ Yards: 25th
- Pass Plays of 40+ Yards: 24th
I realize that not all of these stats are solely dependent on how Manning performs. I realize that he is a Super Bowl champ and that he was excellent in the postseason last year. But I also realize that Giants team allowed an average of just over 15 points per game in the 2007 playoffs.
QBs I’d rather have than Eli Manning for next season (in no particular order):
- Philip Rivers
- Peyton Manning
- Drew Brees
- Jay Cutler
- Kurt Warner
- Matt Ryan
- Aaron Rodgers
- Donovan McNabb
- Tom Brady (healthy)
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Carson Palmer (healthy)
That’s 11 QBs. So while Manning is definitely durable and steady, is he worth all that money? Or is it just that there is no replacement for him? I can see that he might still have unreached potential, but that contract sounds exorbitant to me. Maybe it’s just the price of doing business.
[tags]Eli Manning, NFL, New York Giants[/tags]