Giants Rumors: Manning, Vernon, Jenkins

Eli Manning is less-than-certain about his future with the Giants. In a radio interview this week, Manning expressed doubt that he’ll be under center for the G-Men in 2019, as Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com writes.

I do. I do,” Manning said when asked if he wants to play again. “I love playing football. I like my teammates and the coaches we have.”

However, when Manning was asked if we have seen the last of him, the quarterback simply said, “We’ll see.”

Recently, Giants GM Dave Gettleman had a “very extensive” and “no holds barred” conversation with Manning about his future. It’s not hard to read between the lines: despite Manning’s past success and a quietly solid second half to the 2018 season, the Giants are giving real consideration to cutting ties with the two-time champ.

Here’s more from the Meadowlands:

  • Manning isn’t the only Giants notable who is in danger of being a cap casualty, Dunleavy writes. Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon ($11.5MM in potential savings; $8MM in dead money), cornerback Janoris Jenkins ($7.75MM savings; $7MM dead money), and linebacker Alec Ogletree ($6.5MM savings; $5.25MM dead money) are among several vets who could be shown the door. Others on the block include running back Jonathan Stewart, tight end Rhett Ellison, strong safety Michael Thomas, and outside linebacker Connor Barwin.
  • The Giants have to fix their broken evaluation process before they enter the meat of a pivotal offseason, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com writes. Last year, the Giants put all of their eggs in the Manning basket by spending big on tackle Nate Solder, trading a fourth-round pick for linebacker Alec Ogletree, signing right guard Patrick Omameh to an ill-fated deal, and adding aging running back Jonathan Stewart. This time around, the Giants have to realistically evaluate their chances to win right away in 2019. In theory, they could spend big on another tackle to bookend Solder and hope for the best, but that won’t be a prudent move unless their truly in position to succeed in ’19.
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5 comments on “Giants Rumors: Manning, Vernon, Jenkins

  1. east333

    They’re gonna draft Haskins. I think that’ll solve quite a few offensive problems.

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  2. RockHauler

    I disagree with the notion they will draft Haskins. I believe that he’s the product of the Ohio State system. Think JT Barrett, Pryor, etc. all put up great college numbers but couldn’t translate it to the NFL. And this comes from a person who’s cousin was a running back at Ohio State and had numerous family members go there.
    The Giants will look to move back in the draft, acquire a few more draft picks to go with the 11 projected picks they will have. They’ll use the high picks on an Edge rusher and OL.
    Don’t be surprised if Eli takes a pay cut and they sign someone like Bridgewater as a stop gap, then attempt to position themselves for either Tua or Lawrence.

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  3. jrruocco

    If the Giants offensive line can’t protect Eli, what makes you think any other QB would do better? Pat Mahomes maybe and that’s about it. That line looked confused and got pushed around all year. How many rushing yards would Saquon Barkley have had if the Giants had a cohesive OL? Manning was great considering all his throws were made with a defensive player hanging on to him or while getting hammered. Put blame where it’s due. Either the OL sucks and needs to be replaced, or they need to be better coached. Eli needs to have a good backup to groom soon, but he’s not dead yet. Also the Giants defense was awful. Again do you blame players, coaches or both?

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