Christmas ended seven weeks ago, so for most people the wreaths, garland, and various ornaments began to find their way into boxes and basements for another long hibernation shortly thereafter. The Giants aren’t normal, and at the team’s facilities superstition didn’t allow the reminders of St. Nick’s visit to be taken down until last week.
Eli Manning and the Giants are predictably the focal point of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, and King looks back on Manning’s journey from highly-hyped draft prospect to two-time Super Bowl champ that began on a cold fall day in Mississippi just over nine years ago.
The Eagles will almost definitely use their franchise tag on DeSean Jackson, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who laid out the options for Jackson and his future in Philly. McLane’s conclusion isn’t remotely surprising, and if a new long-term contract isn’t negotiated, Jackson will be paid roughly $9 million more in base salary next year if he plays under the franchise designation.
Donald Driverdoesn’t mind taking at pay cut to stay in Green Bay next year and finish out his career with the Packers. His charity is noble, but with Jordy Nelson‘s emergence there likely still won’t be a roster spot for a fading 37-year-old receiver making a minimal contribution.
Victor Cruz did his signature salsa dance at the Grammys last night, but the highlight of his appearance alongside Mario Manningham came seconds before the start of the video below, when Pauley Perrette of NCIS introduced the two by awkwardly saying “right? how ’bout these players?” That soundbite should be played immediately after every Manningham or Cruz touchdown catch next year.