New York Giants Make Unexpected Eli Manning Decision
The New York Giants made an unexpected Eli Manning decision recently.
Team owner and president John Mara made the media rounds last week to discuss the hiring of new head coach Joe Judge.
In the process, he also shed some light on what the organization’s plans were for their former starting quarterback and current backup quarterback.
Manning spent the majority of the 2019 season the bench backing up rookie Daniel Jones. He was relegated to the bench after Week 2 when the Giants got off to another slow start.
Fortunately, Manning was able to get in for a few more outings at the end of the year when Jones went down with an ankle injury. But for the most part he did not get much of a chance to play.
In four 2019 starts Manning amassed 1,042 yards, six scores and five picks on 91-of-147 passing.
The 39-year-old has repeatedly said that he wants to continue starting in the NFL and would welcome the opportunity from any team that would give it to him.
Unfortunately, there does not appear to be an organization that is willing to give him that shot.
As such, Manning’s options are limited.
During his media tour, Mara acknowledged that the Giants would love to have Manning back as a reserve quarterback – assuming Judge was okay with it.
Furthermore, Mara said that he also offered other roles within the franchise to Manning, should he not want to be a backup.
Mara had nothing but effusive praise for the two-time Super Bowl MVP. He described Manning as “the best representative of this franchise, maybe we’ve ever had” in terms of “what he’s done on the field, the way he conducts himself off the field and the professionalism he shows.”
In Mara’s estimation, “you cannot ask for a better representative than Eli Manning.”
Manning would obviously prefer to go somewhere new and start, but it does not look like that opportunity will ultimately be available for him. As such, it would not be particularly shocking to see him back with the Giants when 2020 rolls around.