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New York Giants News and Notes: Monday Madness Edition

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Good morning fellow Giants fans, and welcome to the Monday before the Final Four and the week of the NFL owners' meetings. If you're not bound for those meetings or to New Orleans for the Final Four, why not hang with us to discuss the latest on the Giants and the NFL? Pickings are slim news-wise, but here are a few nuggets.....

NFL.com news: Giants owner Mara: NFL penalties could have been worse
A couple of hours after the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins officially filed grievances against the NFL for the salary cap penalties levied against the two franchised, Mara, chair of the NFL Management Council, gave his take on the state of two of his team's chief rivals. "I thought the penalties imposed were proper," Mara told ESPNDallas.com. "What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole, and quite frankly, I think they're lucky they didn't lose draft picks."

You tell 'em, John!

Rules changes focus of meetings - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Instant replay and injured reserve—the NFL’s IRs— will be main topics as the owners consider several rules changes at their spring meetings this week.

Eagles respond to report they had interest in Manning - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that the Eagles were interested in signing Peyton Manning, despite already having Michael Vick under contract. The report stated that head coach Andy Reid, "was ready to walk away from the Eagles if he didn't get more personnel control," and though the team has made some impressive moves this offseason, Reid wanted the team to pursue Manning. According to Farmer, "talks never got too serious, the insiders say, because Manning didn't like the idea of playing against his brother Eli, quarterback of the New York Giants, at least twice a season."

Wow. Can you guys imagine the circus twice a year (or more)?

Draft team needs: New York Giants - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
A year ago, the New York Giants were criticized for not making significant free-agent roster moves. Now, they're hailed for their less-is-more approach, and that happens when you win your second Super Bowl in five years.....The last time the Giants won a Super Bowl, they followed with a 12-4 season, good enough for first seed in the NFC playoffs. That's the good news. The bad: They didn't win a playoff game, beaten by Philadelphia. Look for the Eagles to be an obstacle again, only this time in the NFC East.

Deep Posts: Sean Payton to FOX? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will have a lot of free time in the upcoming season -- he's out of the game for the entire 2012 campaign, and he's $5.8 million lighter in the pocket after Roger Goodell told him that he was not needed this year as a result of BountyGate. Fox Sports would like to fill Payton's Sundays by making an analyst for the network's NFL broadcasts. "Our feeling about Sean is that he's bright, articulate and obviously contemporary," said Lou D'Ermilio, FOX's senior vice president for communications in a statement. "Any network with NFL rights would have to consider it." While the league can prevent Payton from finding gainful employment in a coaching or administrative position until his one-year suspension is done, there's no mandate to keep him out of the booth.

New Orleans Saints bounty hunters scandal prompts Congress to stay on sports | Professional | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has decided that Congress needs to know more about the National Football League's decision to suspend Sean Payton, Greg Williams and Mickey Loomis following an investigation of the claims New Orleans Saints' players and coaches set up a bounty system to try and knockout opposing players.

For New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin, the Hot Seat is Now Forever Cooled | Giants 101 | Sports Media 101
The crickets are getting a bit of the spotlight now as the "Fire Tom Coughlin" chants have subsided and the hot seat talk is a distant memory. It’s quiet on the New York Giants coaching front lately.