7 Reasons Why the Giants Should Pay Eli Manning

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Aug 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) readies a pass during the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

All – Time Great

Thats right. Say it out loud. Eli Manning is an all-time great quarterback. Lets check the stats. As of right now Eli Manning has thrown for 259 touchdowns and 39,755 yards on 3,308 completions good for 235 yards a game.

259 touchdowns is good for 13th on the all-time list. That is of right now. He will move the the #12 spot after his 3rd touchdown this year, the #11 spot after his 14th and 10th after his 26th. Of the 12 names currently ahead of him, 6 of them are already in the hall of fame ( Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, John Elway, Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas, and Joe Montana). The names that are not in the hall of fame are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dave Kreig and Vinny Testaverde. The elder Manning, Favre, Brees, and Brady will all be first ballot hall of famers. If Eli can go 3 more season of just 20 touchdowns ( which is wildy conservative ) he will find himself at #7 on the all time list.

For passing yards Manning currently sits at # 15 with 39,755 total passing yards. He is only 3,285 yards away from the #10 spot on that list, though Ben Roethlisberger is closely trailing Eli. Over the past four seasons Eli has averaged 4,277 yards through the air. If he has an average year he will be sitting a handful of yards behind Drew Bledsoe for #10 all time. If he has a year like last year he will be a top 10 passer in yards before the season is over. By the time he is done he may very well throw for over 50,000 yards and be within the top 5-6 of all time.

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