Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/9/12

File this under the "I didn't expect to hear that today" category, but while appearing on WFAN Monday morning, former New York Giants wide receiver and current free agent, Plaxico Burress, said that former teammate Eli Manning is quite possibly the best quarterback in the NFL today.

"Eli is arguably the best quarterback in football right now," Burress said.

With that statement, Burress joins a growing list of former Giants who have come to the defense of Eli following some shocking comments courtesy of the retired Amani Toomer in which he named Tony Romo as the premiere quarterback in the NFC East.

Toomer's comments, which he's defended endlessly since making them last week, have stirred up quite the controversy during an otherwise quiet pre-training camp calm. They've also brought a lot of Manning's former teammates -including Derrick Ward, Michael Strahan, Brandon Jacobs and even Jeremy Shockey- out from the shadows; all of whom have defended Eli tooth and nail.

To hear both Shockey and Burress defend Eli is quite telling. At best, both players had a tenuous relationship with Manning, but they also significantly benefited from his talent. It's a testament to how solid a QB Manning really is, and a far cry from the things you hear from Romo's former teammates.

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