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Eli’s Teammates “Way To GO!”:

From Ralph Vacchiano:

Everybody in the Giants’ organization is understandably thrilled that Eli Manning is going to make enough money in the next seven years to buy at least one pair of front-row season tickets to Yankee Stadium. But it’s not just because they know their quarterback will now forever be picking up the check.

“I’m just glad he one-upped Peyton,” center Shaun O’Hara said.

That was probably my favorite quote on a predictable day of predictable reaction to the $106.7 million mega-deal that still hasn’t been signed. Eli’s deal is larger than Peyton’s and has a higher per-year average.

So Eli must be the better quarterback, right?

Actually that doesn’t really matter to the Giants. He’s their man (or, I suppose, Mann).

“That is my quarterback,” said defensive end Justin Tuck. “I definitely think he is worth more than that if they want to give it to him. Obviously he is one of the few quarterbacks that since he has started I think he has not missed the playoffs one year. He is a Pro Bowl quarterback, has got a Super Bowl MVP and he is playing in one of the hardest markets to play in as far as the pressure and as far as who his father is and who is brother is and where he is playing. I think he deserves it and I am happy for him.

“We’re all extremely happy for Eli,” added O’Hara. “He’s very deserving. He’s worked his butt off and he’s shown that he’s accountable to this team and this organization. It’s always nice when you see good guys like that rewarded.”

The other question that was being asked of everyone – – not Eli, because he’s not talking yet – – is whether or not the new King of the Family will be affected by the extra pressure he’ll now be facing. After all, as if it wasn’t enough to live up to being a Manning, his Hall-of-Fame-bound brother, being the No. 1 pick, the boatload of picks the Giants traded to get him, his initial $45-54 million contract, and Ernie Accorsi’s insistence that Eli would win a Super Bowl someday, now he’s got to justify being the NFL’s highest-paid player, too.

“I think he is up for it,” Tuck said. “I don’t think you can put too much more pressure on him. He already has a boatload of it already. What’s a few more?”


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