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Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 1:49 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Though Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress might not be the most sought-after free agents on the market, they've arguably generated more discussion than any other players out there.

This is also somewhat interesting as the pair used to be teammates but generally aren't considered possibilities to re-join the Giants. Still, what if you had to pick between them? Who would you take? And if you had to force one person in the world to make that choice, wouldn't it be Eli Manning?

Of course it would.

Fortunately, Dan Patrick did just that on his show Monday morning, asking Eli to pick between the two free agents.

“Probably Plaxico,” Manning said via Michael David Smith at PFT. “He has probably fonder memories, winning a Super Bowl, that catch for the touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. Tiki just ended on a bad note. It’s really a shame, he should be remembered as a great Giants running back and a terrific player — because he was — but the way he went out he burned a few bridges.

"So I think Plaxico would probably be welcomed back a little quicker.”

The fact that Eli picked Plax isn't particularly shocking, especially considering the criticisms Eli and Tiki swapped last year while Tiki was working for NBC. Eli also addressed that criticism on the DP Show.

“I responded back and I think guys liked to see that from me,” Manning said. “I didn’t want it to be a deal where it’s me vs. Tiki . . . but I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing.”

Of course, there's also the fact that Tiki's a running back who's well past his prime, which is a pretty good reason the Giants wouldn't want to pay him money to truck the football.

Plax might struggle to get the hang of football again as well, but the curve for a possession wideout is substantially smaller than someone even trying to play the role of a third-down back.

Besides, it's not as if prison's any worse in terms of forcing his skills to deteriorate than a broadcasting booth.

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Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:00 pm

Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

Tlik's own brother doesn't want him!


Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:06 pm

Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

Asking flat out who would you rather have on your team right now? 33 year old or 38 year old? One is a wideout who can still produce. The other is a running back. Some folks believe after the age of 30 running backs can't produce. So isn't it obvious? Unless of course you were looking for needs for a team. If you had a solid core of receivers and not a good running game you would probably go with the running back. Other than that everyone would pick Plax without question. Wait....maybe his record may hurt his chances coming to a team as well.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:25 pm

Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

no one wants tiki on their team. hes 38 years old.

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:55 pm

Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

who inthere right minds would want a guy like tiki barber on there team?

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:52 pm

Eli Manning prefers Plaxico on Giants to Tiki

I am so glad that Plaxico is back after serving his sentance.

His crime was a bonehead move, and dangerous, however, I admire anyone who can admit what they did, face their crime, and do their time to show they can rehabilitate from their past transgressions, and move into a future that is law abiding, and freedom loving.

Kudo's to Plaxico. So many others with money find a way out of facing their criminal behavior. Its a shame so many will treat him poorly while turning a blind eye to other players who have gotten away with even worse behavior and more heinous crimes.

Plaxico and the New York Giants should be reunited, Eli would love to have him back, and I would love to see that tandum perform on sundays!!!

Tiki... on the other hand, is a positional and age situation... he may not have what it takes to be as effective as he has been in the past.


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