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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