Eli Manning Preparing To Sign With Chicago Bears?
Is Eli Manning preparing to sign with the Chicago Bears? Speculation began following rumors of a dinner between him and the organization.
The 39-year-old held a very public retirement ceremony at the end of last season essentially signaling that he was done for good. That said, it certainly would not be the first time an athlete retired, just to return a short time later.
Moreover, Chicago’s quarterback situation is an absolute mess.
Last year’s starter Mitchell Trubisky regressed badly in 2019. Coming into the season, many believed that the Bears could be dark horse Super Bowl contenders. As a result of his poor play, however, they did not even make the playoffs.
As such, the rumors that Manning met with Chicago brass this week over dinner were met with much intrigue.
Sadly, they are not true.
According to The Athletic’s Bears insider Adam Jahns, the much talked-about dinner never actually took place.
Sorry Twitterland. I’m told there wasn’t a dinner between the #Bears and Eli Manning last night.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 5, 2020
“Sorry Twitterland. I’m told there wasn’t a dinner between the Bears and Eli Manning last night,” he tweeted out.
Recently, Bleacher Report insider Mike Freeman noted that while multiple teams will likely do their due diligence with Manning at various points in the offseason, a return was unlikely.
“I’ve been told there are teams that either have attempted or will attempt to pull longtime Giants quarterback Eli Manning out of retirement,” he said.
“Still, the chances of Manning reversing the decision he made in January aren’t good, and the chances he does that for a team not named the Giants is nil.”
Manning played in New York for 15 years from 2004 to 2019. In that span he won two Super Bowls and made the Pro Bowl on four separate occasions.