Giants Open To Eli Manning Return

The Giants will move forward with Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback, but they’re not necessarily moving on from Eli Manning. In a radio interview on Friday, owner John Mara said that the longtime franchise face could remain as Jones’ backup or transition to a non-playing role in the organization. 

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Mara met with Manning earlier this week and their “nice long talk” didn’t end with any definitive answers. Based on what Manning has said about his future, it seems unlikely that he’d jump at the Giants’ offer to hold the clipboard for Jones.

I doubt it. I doubt it,” Manning said recently when asked about the prospect of returning as a backup. “Backing up is not real fun. … Everything is an option. That is the first decision, whether I want to continue to play or not. That is what I will decide. I’ll just try to figure it out. I think I can still play.”

The 39-year-old may or may not find an opportunity to start elsewhere. Despite his accomplishments, there are no obvious fits for Manning, given the decline in his arm strength in recent years. He’ll have an opportunity to explore his options in March, when he’s scheduled to reach free agency.

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  1. crazylarry

    It is a joke the Giants would want him back and the ensuing chaos and it is a joke that Manning thinks he can still play. Move on already.

  2. HOF19

    #1 Does he still feel he can play……If so he will not sign up anywhere to be a backup . Maybe see him in a Colts uniform ?????

  3. JJB0811

    Eli should take the B/U gig. Great salary and can begin learning more about coaching and office side of the business. He can work for the Giants until he truly wants to retire.

    • highplainsdriftr

      I agree. I know athletes have major egos, but I never understand why older quarterbacks don’t want to collect a roster paycheck to spend a final year or two to mentor and assist other players, especially in this circumstance where I can’t imagine Eli won’t be invested in the Giants as an organization in the future. He’s just delusional if he thinks another team is going to bring him in at this point.

      • iamhector24

        He’s made 252 million bucks in NFL salary alone. He doesn’t need to stick around as a backup for a paycheck. If he does so it’s because of a love of the game and not for a paycheck.

    • If he wants to coach, I’m sure he could find a position somewhere without being a backup. For him, I think the choice is between staying with the Giants as a non-player or finding a starting gig elsewhere.

  4. Polish Hammer

    Something they may say but in no way mean. They needed him to stay this year but do not want back next year.

  5. bradthebluefish

    Manning would can still huck it. Only a year removed from the great success he had with OBJ. I could see him have a couple more years in him in Indianapolis.

  6. bobg529

    Eli really needs to hang them up. I love the guy, but you can see he’s done. He’d be an ok backup I guess but I’d rather he just say goodbye and let the G-men hire a decent number two QB.

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