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Chris Snee gets a new contract; questions of nepotism arise

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In addition to being a pretty good offensive guard, Chris Snee is also the son-in-law of Tom Coughlin. Snee just signed a pretty hefty contract extension.

Perhaps knowing that people bring might bring up the issue of nepotism (as Michael David Smith at the FanHouse insinuated here), Snee addressed the issue. From NorthJersey.com:

"I'd love to stay here. ... I'm a very happy member of the New York Giants," Snee said during the off-season program. "I don't see why that [family situation] would factor into it.

"It's not like they're doing me a favor. Whatever I get, I've earned. It's got nothing to do with the situation I'm in. I've proven that I can play and play at a high level."

That was the first thing that came into my mind when the issue of nepotism was raised; that NFL teams don't do players favors. It's not that I'm cutting the Giants any slack here, and assuming that they wouldn't do something unjust. It's quite the opposite, in fact.

My assumption is that they're as cut-throat and emotionless as any other team in the league. If it makes financial sense for them to pay you, they will. If they don't, they won't. They care nothing about anyone's feelings, family, or friendship. They care about winning and money. Period.

It's also worth pointing out that Tom Coughlin isn't the general manager. Jerry Reese gives out the contracts.

And even if Coughlin did have something to do with the contract, why assume that he wants to do any favors for the man who demonstrates his explosiveness and gets under his daughter's pads on a regular basis?

That's still his little girl, you know. He might say nice things in public, but something tells me that a man never gets totally comfortable with the guy who's encroaching on his daughter in an intimate marital way.

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