New York Giants News and Notes: Eli's Brother Still In the AFC Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. I have said this before, but I was hoping Peyton Manning would land back in the AFC as he did Tuesday, officially signing with Denver. That means we won't see an annual meeting against him as we may have if he had gone to the 49ers. Of course, who knows how healthy the guy will be, and Eli has sure proven by now that he has what it takes to beat his big brother. Anyway, as the first wave of free agency is winding down, attention will begin to shift toward the draft next month. Then it's mini-camps and training camp. And hey, there are only 24 weeks until the 2012 season kicks off. Meanwhile, what else is going on out there? Let's have a look....

Giants' Victor Cruz hires a new contract agent | NJ.com
A word of caution before we get into this: none of what you're about to read means Victor Cruz is about to make a strong push for a new contract or take a hard stance in negotiations. That being settled, the NFL Players Association's website shows a new agent for the Giants' wide receiver this afternoon: Malik Shareef. If the name doesn't ring a bell for the average fan, it's because Shareef is a relative newcomer to the agent biz. According to this blog entry, he graduated from law school in 2006. But Shareef has landed some high-profile clients in the past few years. He was Joe Haden's agent when the Cleveland Browns' cornerback negotiated his $50-million rookie deal.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Pre-Draft Strategy

Report: Tolbert passes on Giants, signs with Panthers - New York Giants - CBSSports.com RapidReports
Chargers FA RB Mike Tolbert has signed with the Carolina Panthers, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora wrote on his Twitter account. He had publically expressed a desire to sign with the Giants -- and the team does have a need at RB after Brandon Jacobs ' release -- but it doesn't look like the bruising back came close to signing in New York.

Did you guys see this? This is the first I am seeing of it, and I was scouring the news big-time these last few days.

NY Jets are 'players in the Tim Tebow race,' team source says - NY Daily News
Tebowmania may be headed East. A few hours after Peyton Manning was officially introduced as the Broncos’ new quarterback, the Daily News learned that the Jets have legitimate interest in acquiring Tim Tebow. "We are players in the Tim Tebow race," a source told the News on Tuesday. The Jets have had serious internal discussions about Tebow, according to a source.

Ha!

Manning tries to be 1st QB to win SB with 2 teams - NFL Wire - The Buffalo News
While fans from Denver are already picturing Peyton Manning hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in their team's jersey just as he did for Indianapolis five years ago, history offers a cautionary tale. No quarterback in NFL history has ever won the Super Bowl for two franchises and only Kurt Warner has gotten back there with another team after winning his first.

Vote for Victor Cruz - ESPN Video - ESPN

I am posting this, but please don't vote for Victor. Bad things happen to those who grace the Madden cover!

Mario Manningham Leaves the Giants for San Francisco: A Fantasy Owner’s Take - Fantasy - Yahoo! Sports
With the departure of Steve Smith prior to the 2011 season, Manningham had an awesome opportunity to firmly assume starting wide receiver duties as a member of the Giants along with Hakeem Nicks. He was quickly pushed aside by the surprising Victor Cruz. Therefore, last year's Super Bowl hero was an expense the Giants had little desire to pursue this offseason. Enter the new-look but somewhat chaotic San Francisco 49ers. With the recent additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, the receiving core will be considerably upgraded as Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis obtain much needed compliments.

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