The best thing about winning a Super Bowl is all of the fame and recognition that comes with it…especially when you’re in a contract year.
The following three key contributors to the New York Giants' unforgettable playoff run are about to cash in big time once free agency begins on March 14th.
Mario Manningham, WR
You may be familiar with a certain 38-yard catch Manningham made that ended up being the play of the Super Bowl. It was the absolute perfect way to enter free agency and you can bet a team is going to throw gobs of money at him.
It won’t be the Giants.
The G-Men have Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz ahead of him on the depth chart and won’t be paying a third receiver $8 million a year. And they shouldn’t.
While Manningham will forever be remembered in Giants' history, let’s not forget he only managed to haul in 39 passes for 523 yards while missing four games during the regular season. He’s never posted 1,000 yards or double-digit touchdowns in a season.
But that one catch is going to score him a mega deal from someone.
Aaron Ross, CB
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The 6’0’’, 190-pound corner didn’t have the greatest season of all time in pass coverage, but he did end the regular season with 60 tackles and four interceptions.
Now that Ross has two Super Bowl rings, his experience and ability to come through on the grandest stage makes him extremely valuable in free agency.
The Giants were decimated by injuries at the position in 2011, but will enter the new season with Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas all poised to get more playing time.
Ross had a great run with the Giants but it appears he will move on to greener pastures.
Kareem McKenzie, OT
McKenzie has been a staple for the Giants in recent years, but at the age of 33 is starting to show signs of slowing down.
With Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara both gone from the ’08 Super Bowl team, the odds of McKenzie signing another multi-year deal with the team he’s played for since 2005 doesn’t look likely.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t land a large deal from another team desperate to have O-Line help. Make no mistake about it, there are a lot of teams that need offensive line help out there.