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New York Giants News and Notes: Not a Peyton Free Zone Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's hump day and 26 weeks until our Giants kick off of the 2012 NFL season. It's also not a Peyton Manning-free zone, because, well, that's the only NFL news of note going on. Manning will reportedly be released by the Colts today, setting off a potential bidding war for one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, and the brother of Eli (notice I didn't say big brother....since Eli has two rings, he's now the BIG brother..I'm joking, of course). We'll try to keep it light, though, since this story is going to dominate the sports headlines all day and up until Peyton signs somewhere. Meanwhile, read on, then go enjoy your Hump Day.....

Giants' Mario Manningham thanks Bill Belichick for giving him room to make a big catch in Super Bowl XLVI |
In particular, the Giants’ wide receiver noted the part where Patriots coach Bill Belichick tells his defense to continue focusing on Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and force Eli Manning to go elsewhere during the late stages of the Super Bowl. Right before Manningham's 38-yard catch up the sideline to spark the game-winning drive, in fact. "Um, thank you. That’s all," Manningham said when asked his reaction before heading into a theater at Regal Cinemas in Times Square to view the film again. "Thank you. I appreciate it. I was just trying to go out there and make a play. I don’t really have too much to say."

Plax: Giants 'always a great possibility' - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio's Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on Tuesday, Burress was asked if he would consider a return to the Giants with Mario Manningham poised to leave via free agency. "It's always a great possibility," the wide receiver said. "Playing in Kevin Gilbride's system is definitely one of the best. You just see the production those guys are having at the wide receiver position. Victor Cruz obviously with the year he had, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. You just look at some of the plays that those guys are making out there on the edge.

AP Source: Colts expected to part with Manning - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
He’ll be remembered, too, for his record four MVP awards, his 50,000 yards passing and his 200 consecutive starts. Most of all, Manning will be the guy in the horseshoe helmet who turned around a franchise and transformed a basketball-loving city into a football hotbed that hosted the Super Bowl. Despite all of that and barring a last-minute change of heart, the Colts planned to release the 35-year-old Manning rather than pay him a $28 million bonus. The Colts scheduled a noon news conference for Wednesday without saying why, but a person with knowledge of the decision said the team was preparing to announce it will part ways with its QB, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck.

NY Jets should bring in Peyton Manning, replace Mark Sanchez with one of NFL's all-time great quarterbacks - NY Daily News
Is New York big enough for Eli and Peyton? You bet it is. The Giants have Eli, and now the Jets must go get Peyton. Rex Ryan has backed off making any Super Bowl predictions for the 2012 season, and that’s a good thing, because his current team isn’t Super Bowl-caliber. That changes if the Jets land Peyton.

It will be a mistake for the New York Jets to go after Peyton Manning - ESPN New York
As the NFL finally delivers to the world a LeBron-like free agent, common sense suggests Peyton Manning will not come within three football fields of signing with the New York Jets.