Report: Giants “aren’t kidding” about keeping Eli Manning
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, the New York Giants “aren’t kidding” when they plan on brining back quarterback Eli Manning for the 2019 season. The 38-year-old is nearing the end of his career.
The Giants plan on drafting a quarterback in April’s draft and letting Manning begin the season as the starter. It is not clear who New York is going to draft.
They have been linked to Dwayne Haskins. However, there was a report that insisted that the team is not interested in him.
The Giants could also potentially look at Drew Lock with the No. 17 overall pick — who they acquired in the trade with the Cleveland Browns. New York trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns to get the 17th pick, another pick, and Jabrill Peppers for the stud receiver.
Vacchiano insists that the Giants saw “positive signs” from Manning towards the end of the 2018 season. He also said that the team is willing to sign him to an extension beyond the 2019 season.
This also could be a smoke screen, as the team needs to draft his successor. The Giants are going to be building around Saquon Barkley — who the team drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft instead of a franchise quarterback.
The New Orleans, Louisiana native was the No. 1 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft. On April 24, 2004, the Chargers traded Manning to the Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers, 2004 third round pick, and 2005 first-round draft pick.
The 15-year veteran was 5-11 as a starter in 2018. He went 380 of 576 for 4,299 yards. He also threw 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
In the past two seasons, Manning is 8-23 as a starter. His last season with a winning record as a starter in the NFL came in 2016 when he went 11-5.