Eli Manning Makes Surprising 2020 Giants Decision
Eli Manning made a surprising 2020 Giants decision this week.
Obviously circumstances can change, but at the moment the New York football legend appears to be leaning towards retirement.
Last season, Manning was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Although he was able to get some playing time when Jones went down with an injury at the end of the year, Manning spent the majority of 2019 on the bench.
After the season concluded, he admitted that being a backup was not much fun. Manning said that he wanted to go be a starter for an NFL team somewhere next season, but so far there have been no offers.
That presented Manning with two options: continue being a backup or retire.
It appears he is leaning more towards Option No. 2.
According to the New York Post, Manning stepping away is becoming an increasingly likely prospect as the weeks pass.
“Those closest to Eli think the time is right for him to get out. He is healthy, remarkably so,” the report notes.
“Manning never considered what he would look like in a different uniform and often voiced his strong desire to spend his entire career with the Giants, a franchise he truly loves.”
Manning also apparently came to terms with the fact that last year might have been his last towards the end of the season.
“There was a sense around him as the season wound down that he realized this was his last go-round,” the report continued.
“Eli is usually the sharpest guy in the room, and he will not be the last to know when his time is up. He will, however, be the first to know when the time is right to exit the stage.”
Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion and enjoyed an immensely successful NFL career. If he ultimately decides to hang it up this summer, he will undoubtedly go down as one of the most effective quarterbacks of his generation.