Will The Giants Trade Eli Manning To The Jets, Steelers Or Bears?
Will the Giants trade Eli Manning to the Jaguars, Steelers or Bears?
In light of this week’s news that he is being relegated to the bench, it is certainly a possibility.
On Tuesday, New York head coach Pat Schurmur came out and said that Manning was headed to the bench and is set to be replaced by rookie Daniel Jones.
“Eli and I spoke this morning,” he said.
“I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel.
“Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games.
“Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”
Daniel Jones has been named Giants starting QB
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 17, 2019
New York selected Jones No. 6 overall in this year’s draft. The Duke quarterback had a particularly strong preseason, completing more than 85 percent of his passes with a pair of touchdowns and no picks.
“Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time,” Shurmur said. “I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence.
“All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season.
“This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”
Manning, for his part, seemed to more or less expect this move.
“Hey, we’re 0-2 and looking for answers,” he said on Monday.
“I get it when you draft a guy early and [are] not winning games, things are going to come up. So I just need to keep working and do whatever my job is.”
The question now is, what do the Giants do with Manning from here?
Clearly Jones is their quarterback going forward, but will they really just plop Manning down on the bench and let him sit there until he retires?
There are a number of teams in the NFL this year in desperate need of a quarterback, and even at his current level, Manning could probably help those teams out.
Eli Manning as the Giants’ QB:
• 56,537 passing yards
• 362 passing TD
• 241 Interceptions
• 116-116 record
• 2-time Super Bowl MVP
• 4-time Pro Bowler pic.twitter.com/MHLpe6UPBB
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 17, 2019
As it stands, Manning has recorded 556 passing yards this season with two touchdowns, two picks and a 78.7 rating.
For comparison’s sake, Mitchell Trubisky has racked up 348 passing yards with 0 touchdowns, 1 interception and 65.0 passer rating.
The Bears could trade for Manning and immediately upgrade their quarterback position.
With a defense that is primed to play for a title an offense in desperate need of a competent passer, it is a deal that just could work out perfectly for all sides.
If not the Bears, don’t count out the Steelers and Jets.
Pittsburgh just lost Ben Roethlisberger to season ending surgery this week.
Mason Rudolph will step in in the interim, but it is unlikely that he will be able to legitimately guide a veteran Steelers team in the way that a proven championship quarterback could.
The Jets, meanwhile, are losing one quarterback after another.
Trevor Siemian stepped in as New York’s starter after Sam Darnold was ruled out indefinitely with mono, and promptly suffered a brutal injury on Monday night versus the Cleveland Browns.
Now the onus is on Luke Falk to carry the Jets – and expectations aren’t particularly high there.
Manning may not be what he used to be, but he still has something left in the tank.
There are a lot of teams out there that would be wise to give him a look.