Eli Manning Leaning Towards Retirement?

As recently as December, we heard that Eli Manning wanted to continue his playing career in 2020. We knew that opportunities may be limited, given that he does not want to serve as a backup/mentor, but it seemed that the longtime Giants signal-caller would at least take a look to see what might be out there.

Now, that may no longer be the case. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post says all signs indicate that Manning, 39, is headed for retirement.

Recent reports have suggested that the Giants would welcome Manning back as the backup to Daniel Jones, but not only does Manning not want that, the team itself does not really believe that’s a great idea either, per Schwartz. The team’s new head coach, Joe Judge, is nearly a full year younger than Manning, and Big Blue wants to usher in a new era.

Manning is not hindering the Giants by continuing to take his time with his decision, as he is not under contract and New York is not carving out any salary cap space for him. He is expected to be in Miami, the site of this year’s Super Bowl, for some promotional appearances, and he is unlikely to make any announcement prior to the big game.

Schwartz said those close to Manning believed that, as the 2019 season drew to a close, he realized it would be his last. And if so, it makes plenty of sense. He is remarkably healthy, he has earned $252.3MM in his career — the most ever for an NFL player — and he has captured two Super Bowls. He has often expressed a desire to spend his entire career with the Giants, a franchise he truly loves, and he has never been interested in suiting up for another club.

He has also indicated that he is not interested in becoming a coach, so if he does hang up the cleats in the next few weeks, we may not hear much from him until he is being fitted for a gold jacket.

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  1. lmcpeeks

    Being fitted for a gold jacket? Man I hope not. Super Bowls alone should not get you in the HoF. Aikman is already there only for SBs we don’t need more.

    • You Eli haters are pathetic. 7th all-time in yards, TDs, and completions. And it’s not just Super Bowls, he was the MVP in both of his wins and was phenomenal in the playoffs.

      Everyone always uses a lack of Super Bowls against QBs (like Rivers) yet here’s a guy with two Super Bowl MVPs and you’re downplaying it. Eli is unquestionably a Hall of Famer.

      • Carson

        Ya and an amazing .500 record and 12th all time in Interceptions. You Eli lovers are idiots

        • wordonthestreet

          Yea because the team record over his career means something for hall of fame? Get real.

    • petersdylan36

      What doesn’t make sense to me is that you take a different player and give him the same stats but zero Super Bowl appearances and you will argue he can’t make it on no superbowls.

      • Ramon Garciaparra

        Any qb who finishes his career 7th in td’s, yards and completion is going to receive Hall of Fame consideration regardless of Super Bowl appearances. Your eyes might say otherwise especially for the last 5 years but the fallback for voters are the basic statistics and it is hard to argue retiring 7th in touchdowns thrown. All the ones ahead of him are in or will soon be in when their careers end. Add in two Super Bowl mvp’s and there is little doubt he will be voted in.

    • Polish Hammer

      Gold jacket? Will he be working for Century 21? His trips to Canton will be to see his brothers bust.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Well, you can bet on Jason Garrett turning Daniel Jones into a great QB or you can bet on the Giants asking Eli to come out of retirement about half way through the 2020 season. I’m leaning towards the later.

    • wordonthestreet

      Well you will have egg on your face but you are on record of saying in your opinion the Giants will ask Eli to come out of retirement in the middle of the year.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m only on record as stating I see one scenario as more probable than the other. Eli would be a logical fall back option if Jones suffered an injury of long duration.

  3. itslonelyatthetrop

    I don’t want to see him in another uniform and then years later go, “Oh, yeah- remember when Eli was a Raider?”

    • crosseyedlemon

      I think your on to something that would make for a pretty entertaining beer commercial.

      Peyton Manning: “Remember when I was a Bronco?
      Eli Manning: “Remember when I was a Raider?
      Archie Manning: “Remember when I was…aw never mind.

      • Ramon Garciaparra

        At the end of his career Archie Manning played for the Houston Oilers and the Minnesota Vikings.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Thanks Ramon but the idea behind this beer commercial is that Coors Lite or whatever is being pitched, is the perfect choice for those who would rather forget than remember…lol.

  4. Ramon Garciaparra

    Gruden and Mayock will throw the dice as they set up for year one in Las Vegas. What if they signed Tom Brady and talked Eli into the ride as support/backup? Dump Carr, use their high picks on more offensive weapons. Create a lot of excitement and national coverage. Go for broke in Vegas.

  5. seth3120

    Eli is a sure fire HOF. He has both the personal stats and playoff success to warrant it. He’s not the best ever or top five or anything. But he belongs in Canton. He fell off in his mid the high 30’s. Not everybody is Brady or Brees it happens. Sorry if he doesn’t pass your eye test but he checks all the boxes

    • crosseyedlemon

      Too many fans get obsessed with the numbers but the only criteria should be whether a person impacted the sport in a significant way. Ed Sabol never played a down of football but the impact he had on the sport is obvious. Gale Sayers had a very short career but again he made a significant impact while he was playing. Eli had no less an impact in New York than Joe Namath so he belongs in Canton too.

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