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David Tyree gets a look-see in Baltimore

The man who threw the ball has snared a nine-figure contract.

The man who caught the ball has gotten a set of steak knives.

Seems about right.

Less than a month after Giants quarterback Eli Manning snared that big-money, long-term deal, Giants receiver David Tyree found stuck to his helmet not a Super Bowl XLII game ball but a pink slip.

That said, Tyree’s unemployment might be short-lived.  Per Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, Tyree worked out for the Ravens today.  He’s currently taking a physical.

Tyree followed his championship game heroics with an ineffective 2008 season, during which he caught four passes for only three more total yards than were gained during the most memorable catch in Super Bowl history.

The fact that he’s now scrounging for work, less than 20 months after playing a key role in the unlikeliest of Super Bowl upsets, serves only to highlight the fact that the NFL has shifted from a “what have you done for me lately?” proposition to a business that wants only to know “what are you doing for me right now, and what can I expect out of your tomorrow?”

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22 Responses to “David Tyree gets a look-see in Baltimore”
  1. bleed blue says: Sep 8, 2009 3:19 PM

    Tyree followed his championship game heroics with an ineffective 2008 season, during which he caught four passes for only three more total yards than were gained during the most memorable catch in Super Bowl history.
    no he was IR

  2. Citizen Strange says: Sep 8, 2009 3:24 PM

    The man who threw the ball has snared a nine-figure contract.
    The man who caught the ball has gotten a set of steak knives.
    Actually … the man who caught the ball got fired.

  3. stevemcguigan says: Sep 8, 2009 3:28 PM

    Coffee is for closers.

  4. hey-seuss says: Sep 8, 2009 3:29 PM

    Hey Mike what ever happened to that WO that caught the game winner in Super Bowl XLII?

  5. tv says: Sep 8, 2009 3:31 PM

    I didn’t know the Ravens needed a guy to catch the ball with his head.
    Who knew?

  6. Jaydub says: Sep 8, 2009 3:35 PM

    He’s a ST beast. They’d be lucky to get him

  7. Zaggs says: Sep 8, 2009 3:35 PM

    Um, it may be time for some glasses. Tyree was on IR for the 2008 season (nfl.com list 4 catches in 07). Thats when if the Giants didn’t care they could have simply injury/waived him. He would have had a tough time making the team that year as well (Plax, Toomer, Smith, Hixon, Manningham, Moss, etc). But the Giants set it up so he would have another shot at making the team hopefully injury free. But he got hurt again, couldn’t do much in the preseason. Would it have been fair to anyone to IR him again? Who would they have cut? Both Moss and Hagan had good camps. Cut a guy who has a good camp because the folk hero is injured even if the hero wasn’t one of the usual top 4 receivers?

  8. whuteva says: Sep 8, 2009 3:49 PM

    not much of a suprise considering he’s not that good of a receiver.

  9. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 8, 2009 3:54 PM

    If Tyree doesn’t get a job, he can always hang with Freddie Mitchell and compare their one-clutch-catch careers.

  10. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 8, 2009 3:54 PM

    If Tyree doesn’t get a job, he can always hang with Freddie Mitchell and compare their one-clutch-catch careers.

  11. mike_311 says: Sep 8, 2009 4:00 PM

    seriously Florio?
    Short of playing out of his mind in SB42, Tyree hasn’t done jack for the Giants in years. He wasalways a special teams stud, but unfortunately that’s all he ever was…
    and you need to be more than that.

  12. albaNY Hawker says: Sep 8, 2009 4:00 PM

    Getting cut the year after being a contributor to a Super Bowl win? Man, that’s messed up.
    Sincerely,
    Trent Dilfer

  13. bigbluewreckingcrew says: Sep 8, 2009 4:04 PM

    As a certain Giants beat writer put it, “sad but inevitable”. Tyree missed almost all of last season, and was the weakest man on the totem pole (of receivers) at the close of camp. Hopefully he’ll get a gig in B-more and go on to success there.

  14. samh says: Sep 8, 2009 4:05 PM

    Why should the Giants pay a receiver for what he did do in the past instead of what he’s doing now? I sure don’t get paid that way. Eli didn’t get paid for his Super Bowl performance. He got paid because the Giants think he can take them back.

  15. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Sep 8, 2009 4:14 PM

    Tyree sucks.

  16. denden#10 says: Sep 8, 2009 4:25 PM

    freddie mitchel caught a pass?

  17. Darth Ringo says: Sep 8, 2009 4:36 PM

    He’ll never have to buy a drink in NYC for the rest of his life, so he’s got that going for him.

  18. EskinSux says: Sep 8, 2009 4:42 PM

    Like with any employer…….You have to produce to keep your job…….He’s gets a free dinner every time he’s in NY now, i’m sure that will help pay the bills………

  19. east96st says: Sep 8, 2009 4:44 PM

    Wow, Florio, you sure know your football. Spent 2008 on IR, got fully paid. Got a book deal out of “The Catch”. Has a likely future in politics because he’s very tied in with the GOP – due to said catch. If he doesn’t want to do that, motivational speaker gig is there for the asking – due to said catch. Was a sixth round draft pick that made the Pro Bowl as a special team gunner and then could no longer fill that role due to injuries. Was given a second chance to make the team as a WR this year, after said stint on IR, and managed to get hurt again. How, based on the fact that football IS a business, was this guy “wronged”. He made a great catch. He made a lot of money off of said catch. Was paid in full for a year in which he could not contribute to the team. Was given every opportunity to make the team this year. How many other special team players get multiple opportunities to make a team and so many career options out of one catch? Please – enlighten us with their names.

  20. east96st says: Sep 8, 2009 4:54 PM

    Kevin from Philly says: ‘If Tyree doesn’t get a job, he can always hang with Freddie Mitchell and compare their one-clutch-catch careers.”
    You’ve already been ridiculed for this, but it’s fun beating on Eagles fans. Tyree went to the Pro Bowl as a special team gunner. He was and is a class act. Mitchell was and is garbage. And Tyree has what NO player in Philadelphia history has – a Super Bowl ring. If you’re going to try to troll, at least be competent at it.

  21. Free_Tramopoline says: Sep 8, 2009 5:02 PM

    I agree with samh; it stinks that one of the guys Big Blue owes their rings to is getting canned, but in the NFL, it’s always a “what have you done for us lately” scenario (Trent Dilfer). Sadly, he had become a one-trick pony who couldn’t stay healthy, a trip to the glue factory was inevitable.

  22. jkorn1818 says: Sep 8, 2009 5:42 PM

    Kevin from Philly says:
    September 8, 2009 3:54 PM
    If Tyree doesn’t get a job, he can always hang with Freddie Mitchell and compare their one-clutch-catch careers.
    ___________________________________
    Kevin, you tried that joke before and it stunk the first time around. No one remembers the catch freddie had and we all know his catch didnt help them win a SB. Comparing those two are like night and day, one is a bigmouth with shitty cornrows and the other before “the catch” played in the probowl as a special teams player. Thats like knocking your probowl specialist that marky mark portrayed in a movie. Everyone loved him, but i guess since he was a giant, you correlate him w the biggest piece of crap freddie mitchell.

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