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Giants' Steve Smith says he deserves Greg Jennings money, won't hold out

S. Smithnyg1.jpgGiants wide receiver Steve Smith knows his breakout season came at a poor time.

It’s bad timing for me to be doing well in the National Football
League,” Smith told the New York Post in reference to the uncapped season and CBA uncertainty.  He notes situation makes it tough on “both sides.”

Smith’s contract is difficult to upgrade because of the “30% rule” but the possession receiver thinks he knows what he’s worth.

“I deserve to at least be getting what these other players in the NFL
are getting, like a Greg Jennings, at least,” Smith said.

We’d argue that point.  Smith is one of our favorite players to watch, but NFL teams pay receivers like Jennings big money because they make plays on their own.  Even the best possession receivers like Anquan Boldin come up short of true “No. 1 receiver” money.

Smith’s agent says nothing is happening in regards to contract negotiations, but Eli Manning’s favorite target promises to show up to training camp on time.  Top 100 receptions again and then Smith may see Greg Jennings money.

In the meantime, Smith knows at least one other easy way to make a pile of cash.

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39 Responses to “Giants' Steve Smith says he deserves Greg Jennings money, won't hold out”
  1. Levito says: Jul 8, 2010 11:44 AM

    He’ll probably have a tough time topping 100 catches again this year with the emergence of Hakeem Nicks. Not to mention Mario Manningham should get his share of work as well. But he’ll definitely be the #1 option on 3rd down, and probably still have a very solid season. I don’t know about paying him #1 receiver money, but he definitely deserves a decent salary boost.

  2. Ingloriousbasterd says: Jul 8, 2010 11:46 AM

    You mean the panthers Steve smith right?…right? Cause jennings doesn’t drop a wide open 50 yard td bomb this mr. Smith did on more than one occasion…and I only get to see the giants on Nationally televised games.

  3. irishgary says: Jul 8, 2010 11:49 AM

    better give the boy a drug test, not even close to Jennings

  4. Lame_PFT_Poster says: Jul 8, 2010 11:52 AM

    i hope he doesn’t shoot himself in the leg like plaxico!!! or should i say JAILxico!!111!!!111

  5. MuskyHunter2542 says: Jul 8, 2010 11:57 AM

    Jennings is 10x the player Smiths is

  6. Cruells says: Jul 8, 2010 12:10 PM

    He should be a stand up comedian with the jokes that he got.. He is a one year wonder at best..
    But on the other hand it could be fun to see the Giants pay the guy Jennings money and then watch him drop passes and fail over and over..

  7. rpiotr01 says: Jul 8, 2010 12:11 PM

    Smith isn’t the player that Jennings is, and even Greg Jennings isn’t a truly elite WR. He’s not in the Moss-Fitzgerald-Andre Johnson class.
    Temper those expectations, young man…

  8. Snuff Smith says: Jul 8, 2010 12:15 PM

    Reaching for the stars there Steve Smith? I feel I should be paid as much as [insert CEO’s name here] because I do just as much.

  9. Schau3r says: Jul 8, 2010 12:18 PM

    Haha, in what world does Steve Smith think he is Greg Jennings? He should have more than a half of good season before he starts running his jaw.

  10. FoF says: Jul 8, 2010 12:20 PM

    Everybody would be talking about Greg Jennings as an elite WR if Erin Rodgers didn’t carelessly overthrow him for the wide open TD to win in OT against AZ in the playoffs. Kind of feel sorry for Jennings.

  11. MrHumble says: Jul 8, 2010 12:24 PM

    Greg Jennings has never had over 80 receptions in any year and last year he only had 69 receptions with 4 td’s……. whereas Donald Driver has had more receptions every year than Jennings, so doesn’t that make Jennings the “anquan Boldin” of the Packers? I think Smith picked a pretty good wr. to compare himself to….at least he didn’t compare himself to a. johnson, r. moss, r. wayne, fitzgerald etc. In the two years that Smith can be compared to Jennings, Smith has 164 receptions to Jennings 149 . Now before anyone gets on their high-horse, I too would give Jennings the edge over Smith but his player to compare himself with is not as crazy as Rosenthal perhaps thinks……at least not so by Rosenthal’s “criteria” in making his arguement.

  12. Hauschild says: Jul 8, 2010 12:30 PM

    Honestly, neither Jennings nor Smith have proven to consistently be able to shoulder the load the way in which you would expect a #1 WR to.
    Let’s face it: 80% of current NFL #1 WR’s are overpaid and can easily be replaced. Dime a dozen is the best term that comes to mind. How much does the Giants’ passing game suffer without Smith? Not terribly. Same with Green Bay.

  13. SATAN567 says: Jul 8, 2010 12:43 PM

    And in other news… the Giants’ Steve Smith is gay. Oh, I apologize, same story…

  14. dboom92 says: Jul 8, 2010 12:48 PM

    Looking at last years numbers, Smith is the one who actually earned that contract.

  15. mama tried says: Jul 8, 2010 12:50 PM

    stop drinking the Sizzurp Stevo!!!!!!!
    U R way high if you think you’re good as Greg!!

  16. Charisma says: Jul 8, 2010 12:57 PM

    Standard Response: Smith isn’t nearly as good as Jennings.

  17. savagenation says: Jul 8, 2010 12:57 PM

    He doesn’t even deserve Greg Brady money, let alone Greg Jennings money. Do it a few more seasons

  18. Niceh11 says: Jul 8, 2010 12:58 PM

    Are you haters serious? Look at his numbers last year–he deserves Jennings money at LEAST.

  19. LewD says: Jul 8, 2010 1:04 PM

    “It’s bad timing for me to be doing well in the National Football League,” ….
    great attitude!
    when exactly is a good time to do well?

  20. jm4385 says: Jul 8, 2010 1:07 PM

    jennings and smith both suck. id rather have tim toone.

  21. Stone says: Jul 8, 2010 1:12 PM

    So does your Mom, Rosenthal. Here’s the stats for both guys from last year, without assigning names to the stat lines. You tell me which guy you would rather have. The guy that cathces the ball 4 times a game and for a TD once every 4 games, or the guy that catches the ball over 6 times a game for a TD once every 2 games. Don’t be a shill for management, you prissy little lawn gnome.
    Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
    68 1113 69.6 16.4 83 7.0 48 4
    107 1220 76.3 11.4 51 2.2 61 7

  22. cantgetenough says: Jul 8, 2010 1:18 PM

    He does deserve more money, and if he has another 1000+ yard season he’ll get it. I don’t have a problem with him speaking his mind.

  23. dlmcc0909 says: Jul 8, 2010 1:31 PM

    Even Greg Jennings didnt deserve the money he got. Neither of these guys are truly elite WR’s. everyone above pretty much already put a good list together. There is no way I would even sit down with his agent to discuss any kind of extension. If he has another 100 reception year then I would talk, but I still wouldnt give him that kind of money

  24. jrmbadger says: Jul 8, 2010 1:55 PM

    “Stone says:
    July 8, 2010 1:12 PM
    So does your Mom, Rosenthal. Here’s the stats for both guys from last year, without assigning names to the stat lines. You tell me which guy you would rather have. The guy that cathces the ball 4 times a game and for a TD once every 4 games, or the guy that catches the ball over 6 times a game for a TD once every 2 games. Don’t be a shill for management, you prissy little lawn gnome.
    Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
    68 1113 69.6 16.4 83 7.0 48 4
    107 1220 76.3 11.4 51 2.2 61 7 ”
    Those statistics are misleading. Green Bay spreads the ball around more.
    Consider:
    (I’m only listing those with over 20 catches)
    Driver: 70 catches, 1,061yds and 6 tds
    Jennings: 68 catches, 1,113yds and 4tds
    Finley: 55 catches, 676yds and 5 tds
    Donald Lee: 37 catches
    Jones – 32 catches
    Grant – 25 catches,
    Nelson – 22 catches
    Jackson – 21 catches
    The Giants:
    Smith 107, 1220 and 7tds
    Manningham 57, 822, 5TDs
    Nicks 47, 790 and 6tds
    Kevin Boss TE 42, 567 and 5TDs
    Bradshaw had 21 catches.
    The fact that Smith caught more balls last year is likely more indicative of the fact that the Packers have a ton of pass catching talent and not anything to do with the relative talents of the two.

  25. dboom92 says: Jul 8, 2010 1:56 PM

    If I were a young WR, I can think of about 15 other names I’d compare myself to in regards to a new contract.
    No offense to Packers fans, but lay off the moonshine…. Jennings has had the same amount of pro bowl seasons as Smith.

  26. MuskyHunter2542 says: Jul 8, 2010 1:58 PM

    Jennings will never need to get 100 receptions, because he has Donald Driver on the other side. Jordy Nelson, and James Jones are both very good recievers as well.

  27. nittanylion0 says: Jul 8, 2010 2:01 PM

    boy, you people are idiots. you know nothing about the Giants, then go read a few stats, and pronounce he doesn’t deserve anything. i’m sure you would have said the same thing about Amani Toomer, arguably the greatest WR in Giants history.
    this guy is more reliable than my watch… he makes the big, clutch catches, and it seems like he’s ALWAYS open. he won’t burn you with speed, and he may not be the prototypical “elite #1″, but he’s got great football IQ and has run precise routes since DAY ONE in blue. i can’t wait to see you all shut up in 3 years when he’s getting the money he deserves and putting up great production year-in and year-out.
    the Giants will make sure that Steve Smith stays around for a long time and they always pay deserving players like 3rd & Smith very well…

  28. bodhisattva says: Jul 8, 2010 2:06 PM

    Greg Jennings’ cheekbones got him that deal, Driver’s a whole heap better but older.

  29. Beezer says: Jul 8, 2010 2:09 PM

    I don’t see the big deal here he isn’t asking for elite money. He isn’t asking for Brandon Marshall money which is 10 million a year. Jennings is a completely different receiver than Smith but i think Smith deserves between 6 and 7 million a year.
    Smith is not the big play receiver Jennings is but he is one of the best possession/3rd down receivers in the game and is still very young.
    Smith had 107 catches for 1220 yards and 7 touchdowns last year.
    Jennings had 68 catches for 1113 yards and 4 touchdowns.

  30. minnesconsin_ad says: Jul 8, 2010 2:11 PM

    Stone says:
    July 8, 2010 1:12 PM
    Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
    68 1113 69.6 16.4 83 7.0 48 4
    107 1220 76.3 11.4 51 2.2 61 7
    ———-
    those numbers work both ways. to me they prove smith is indeed a possession guy. almost 40 more receps than jennings but for a measly 107 yards? sounds like underneath routes, quick slants, and dumpoffs — and that YAC basically says he catches it and falls down.
    I don’t have the rest of the giants numbers in front of me but i’m guessing smith didn’t have a teammate like driver accounting for a boatload of receptions either.

  31. BoltsFan says: Jul 8, 2010 2:44 PM

    When are these players going to be forced to reconcile that just because another player who happens to be of comparable talent and plays the same position got a certain amount of money does NOT mean that they are automatically going to get a comparable amount?
    Do you think if some schmoe at WalMart went to his manager and said, “Hey, floor salespeople at J.C. Penneys are getting $0.75 more per hour than I am and I want that same pay”, that he would get it? Nope, he’d be laughed out the door. His manager would likely tell him that perhaps he should have applied at Penneys. I can’t wait for a team to tell a player, “We don’t give a crap what Pittsburgh or Detroit is paying their left tackle. You aren’t employed by the Steelers or the Lions. If you work here, THIS is what you’ll get…and LIKE it.”

  32. kvh59 says: Jul 8, 2010 3:05 PM

    Thank You Beezer you stole the words right from my mouth. You might be the smartest fan commenting on this post.

  33. Stone says: Jul 8, 2010 3:19 PM

    @jrmbadger
    I see your point. Obviously the Giants had more rookies/inexperienced guys on the team last year and so by default Steve Smith was more of a focal point. (Not to mention the running game was banged up) However, I watched all of the Giants and Packers games last year on the NFL package and Steve Smith runs much better, much more precise routes than Greg Jennings. All Greg Jennings has shown himself to be capable of doing is running fast in a straight line and trying to get open. His YPC and YAC stats show that out. So perhaps Jennings sees less catches because he can’t be counted on to be as frequently open as Smith. There’s a hundred ways of spinning the argument, the fact remains that Smith had better stats than Jennings, is a year behind Jennings, and in my opinion could/will develop into a better all around WR than Greg Jennings.

  34. Thor says: Jul 8, 2010 3:22 PM

    Child, please.

  35. Stone says: Jul 8, 2010 3:25 PM

    @minnesconsin_ad
    That’s true, and I don’t dispute that Steve Smith is a possession WR. But the Giants also didn’t have another WR start all 16 games (a la Driver) or a guy with Driver’s experience to warrant your argument. The fact of the matter is that Greg Jennings runs one route and one route only. Fast and in a straight line downfield. He can have the YAC and YPR. It makes for more excitement but doesn’t necessarily contribute to winning football games as much as a guy that moves the chains 61 times or catches more TDs does.

  36. Adam-Chris Schefterson says: Jul 8, 2010 5:19 PM

    FoF says:
    July 8, 2010 12:20 PM
    Everybody would be talking about Greg Jennings as an elite WR if Erin Rodgers didn’t carelessly overthrow him for the wide open TD to win in OT against AZ in the playoffs. Kind of feel sorry for Jennings.
    ———————–
    ….and the rest of us feel sorry for you, Fofer.

  37. Adam-Chris Schefterson says: Jul 8, 2010 5:25 PM

    Smith has started a whole 19 games. Jennings has started 52. Do it another season, Steve. And maybe run for a few yards after the catch. Do those two things and you’ll get the money you want.

  38. mnpacker says: Jul 8, 2010 5:43 PM

    @ nitanylin. “Arguably the best WR in giants history” that’s not saying much

  39. ACDC84 says: Jul 9, 2010 12:50 AM

    “All Greg Jennings has shown himself to be capable of doing is running fast in a straight line and trying to get open.”
    LOL. Check out the highlights of the GB-AZ wildcard game and then we’ll talk. His ability to turn a 5 yard catch into a huge gain is awesome, and he makes some spectacular catches.

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