Fame Vs. Talent; Eli Vs. David

Josh BermanCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 18: David Carr #8 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns on August 18, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Browns 37-34.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

"Paging Doctor Carr, Paging doctor Carr. We need the leading expert on wound licking for a consult."

"Take a few years under contract with a team that doesn't appreciate you and call me in the morning."

Ok, so this is absolutely an over-statement, but lets be honest David has a pretty sweet deal in his current position.

When the average fan thinks of a backup quarterback former first round picks don't usually come to mind. Then again, most quarterbacks never were abused as much as Carr was in Huston. In-fact in his five years their he was sacked a total of 249 times amounting to a loss of 1,466 yards.

Compare that to Mannings 120 sacks and 844 yards in five years with the Giants. But then again the Giants offensive lines is one of the current best in the league.

David played for a year in Carolina before finding his way into the coddling arms of Jerry Reese and the New York Giants. One of the best decisions either party could have made.

David is a commodity and could start on most teams around the league. There are plenty of teams who could use a quarterback and if all else fails who would be surprised if Tampa Bay decided to shelter another homeless QB.

In all honesty it baffels me that coach Coughlin isn't promoting a position battle for the starting job. Would it be that big of a stretch to say Carr could beat Manning as the teams leader?

But then I got to thinking and I realized Reese could never allow Acrosie's precious poster boy to fall into the back up role. What would the other GMs think?

So then why take on Carr at all? The Men in Blue have bigger issues then quarterback that they could be addressing with their money.

So why is this such a brilliant move?Not to create competition, which it does. Not to light a fire under Mannings behind, which it does. And not to be a kind hearted generous team, which the Giants are. But instead to invest in a "stock" and watch the value grow.

David Carr gets salary and a security blanket for a few years. In that time he gets to sit back, lick his wounds left by Huston, and prepare himself for a comeback.

The Giants get a wonderful insurance policy, and a hot commodity. A QB who can play. When David Carr straps on a pair and is ready to take those fateful first steps away from the nest there will be Jerry beaming like a proud father as he counts his money (or whatever compensation the Giants get when they trade Carr).

It's a win-win for the Big Blue Wrecking Crew. Because no there is no real competition for the starting job, (and why should there be Manning has proven he can win and I believe in him 100%) but there could be. Jerry likes to have options and depth and he's got a boat load of both.

If the Giants continue to keep Carr then they have a legitamate quarterback who can step in at a moments notice and perform at a high level. If they shop Carr then it is very likely they could receive a few very high draft picks for him (in the area of a 2nd and a 5th), or a very decent player in return.

David is doing exactly what he needs to do, he is healing, learning, practicing, and perfecting all from the comfort of the bench. I see him being a very promising future quarterback in the NFL, but in the meantime I'm happy to have him as a part of the team and watch his value grow.