Jacksonville makes the most sense for Eli in 2018

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The Giants, no matter how they try to couch it and condition it, are done with Eli Manning. (And even if they’re not, he’s surely done with them.) So, come 2018, where will Eli Manning be?

Of all the options, Jacksonville makes the most sense. They have a great young defense, a great young running back, great young receivers, and a guy named Tom Coughlin running the football operations.

Coughlin, the former Giants coach who won a pair of Super Bowls with Eli Manning throwing some of the most memorable passes in league history, currently has an underachieving quarterback who, as Chris Simms often puts it, wasn’t put on earth to throw the football. The bond between Coughlin and Eli is strong, as evidenced both by Tuesday’s comments from Coughlin about Eli and by Eli’s tearful demeanor when Coughlin made his exit as the New York head coach less than two years ago.

Other teams will be interested, but the Jaguars will have the edge because they have Coughlin — and no one else does.

Sure, they may be other intriguing potential destinations. The Broncos, who employed Peyton Manning. The Saints, where Eli grew up (if Drew Brees moves on). The Jets, which would allow Eli to not move. The Cardinals, who seem to be interested in every aging quarterback. Washington, if Kirk Cousins leaves. The Steelers, if Ben Roethlisberger decides to walk away.

But the Jaguars make the most sense, by far. And if the choices are the Jaguars or the field, I’m putting a sawbuck on the team with the two-tone helmet.

36 responses to “Jacksonville makes the most sense for Eli in 2018

  1. Eli has already started selling his game worn Jags jerseys online.

    This will certainly be a hot topic during the upcoming offseason.

  2. Jacksonville looks like a team that’s finally on the rise after so many false starts. Why saddle themselves with an old, currently pretty mediocre QB? Don’t they have a young, pretty mediocre QB already? Do they get a tax break if they carry two of them?

  3. Most sources seem to tie Eli to the Broncos next year. There seems to be a pretty good connection between the Mannings and Elway, too. Peyton had a pretty nice run with Denver late career, did he not. I’d bet on a ‘Manning redux’ in Denver in ’18.

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    Has anyone considered that Eli might be at the end of the road? While it’s true that he was the starter on Giants teams that won the Super Bowl in 07 and 11, it wasn’t as if he was the difference maker. Their defense was the star of those shows. In recent years his play has been spotty at best.
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  5. harleyrider1973 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:53 am
    Is he under contract next year? If he is it may not be his choose. Giants could trade him and not release him.

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    Except for his no trade clause

  6. If Brady is the best ever and people say he is close to retirement.

    why wouldn’t Eli be close to retirement if he is showing signs of being really really bad. he is 3.5 years younger than Brady.

  7. Why would anyone want an aging QB who turtles at the first sight of pressure? Eli isn’t some free agent prize and in my opinion he was never a top tier QB ever. He had some good super bowl runs completed with some lucky blind throws the WR happened to come down with.

    I am a Steeler fan and if Ben retires, I would be sickened if we signed Eli Manning. I don’t want any part of having to watch him on Sunday. I get nauseous watching him play for the Giants twice a year I can’t imagine having to stomach him on a weekly basis.

    His vastly overrated career seems to be coming to an end.

  8. I have a feeling Kirk Cousins is going to end up on the Jaguars. The most obvious alternate choice, the 49ers, have probably filled their need with the trade of Garrapolo. The Redskins most likely won’t franchise Kirk again for $30+ million, which then gives Kirk the control to choose where he wants to sign.

    Looking at how the ownership has treated him, the Jaguars’ running game/defense, as well as not being in a division with Wentz/Dak for the next decade, I think he ultimately decides to go there and will be a significant upgrade over Bortles for them.

  9. dougchillin says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:21 am
    Why would anyone want an aging QB who turtles at the first sight of pressure? Eli isn’t some free agent prize and in my opinion he was never a top tier QB ever. He had some good super bowl runs completed with some lucky blind throws the WR happened to come down with.

    I am a Steeler fan and if Ben retires, I would be sickened if we signed Eli Manning. I don’t want any part of having to watch him on Sunday. I get nauseous watching him play for the Giants twice a year I can’t imagine having to stomach him on a weekly basis.

    His vastly overrated career seems to be coming to an end.

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    His career numbers aren’t even all that good. He’s been protected by a good organization and we still haven’t learned anything about his memorabilia scandal that Goodell has been trying to cover up with Mara, as we speak.

  10. steelerdeathstar says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:00 am
    Most sources seem to tie Eli to the Broncos next year. There seems to be a pretty good connection between the Mannings and Elway, too. Peyton had a pretty nice run with Denver late career, did he not. I’d bet on a ‘Manning redux’ in Denver in ’18.

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    LOL!

    My god, this would be even funnier.

    Yes please!

  11. 18-1 will forever haunted the patriots fanbase for eternity thanks to Eli Manning. We are all grateful

  12. The past few years, Eli has been the problem for the Giants. In his previous seasons he has thrown 16, 14, 14, 27, 15, 16, and 25 INTs. The last thing the Jags needs is a guy who is going to cost them games. They already have that in Bortles. They’d have to be crazy to sign Eli. His cap number in 2018 will be $15.5M and in 2019 it will be $16.5M. It might work but it would have to be good Eli and not bad Eli. Unfortunately, the last couple of years he’s been really bad. I’m surprised Coughlin would seriously entertain bringing him in since Eli led to his demise with his awful play. Sure, he passes for a lot of yards but I’ve seen him lose too many games with bonehead plays. The Jags don’t need that. They’ve had enough of that the previous decade.

  13. The G men will have a very early first round pick to spend on a QB but even if they pick the next Phil Simms, John Elway ect this coach will destroy his chances. Mcdodo is a fricken moron. The Giants ownership are morons if they don’t fire the GM and the coach!

  14. Ridiculous, I am pretty sure that if the “field” included Pittsburgh because Roethlisberger left.. Eli would be more than happy to throw to AB and have Leveon in the backfield

  15. Not saying its so, but just tossing out an alternate theory that this might be preserving him…

    The Giants are done this year. The problem isnt the QB, that team is riddled with them. Some of their own making others just bad luck. So maybe what they are doing is putting out the one QB they can afford to lose to take the hits. Meanwhile they try to fix the team so that its worth putting Eli out there again while Webb finishes getting ready.

    Part of what made me consider this is because it was Geno not Webb. I would have thought if this was about a permanent qb replacement they would make the move to start trying to work in web. There is no future in Geno, I can only see him serving as fodder to finish out a season with.

  16. Wrong Therman we Patriot fans are not “haunted “ by Manning! That’s ancient history! Since then, the Pats have won 2 more Super Bowls.
    What has Manning done again??
    We have the GOAT QB & coach!!!
    28-3 !!
    It’s awesome to root for the BEST EVER!!

  17. I think Eli still has a good amount of gas left in the tank. The Jags do make the most sense. He is surely a huge upgrade from Blake Bortles, and Tom Coughlin is like a 2nd father to him. He also would finally have a run game, a good o-line and defense. Bottom line, Eli is not what’s wrong with the Giants.

  18. People have to think about Eli’s age here at age 36 do you really think he wants to pack all of his stuff and move his three kids to a new school? I would put money on the Jets, he wouldn’t have to see the Giants in the regular season either. Although, the prospect of Jacksonville is probably very intriguing to him.

  19. You saw Eli pout and throw a tantrum to start his career (being drafted by San Diego). Let’s watch him pout and throw a tantrum at the end of his career, once the Giants trade him to the Browns.

  20. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:38 am
    18-1 will forever haunted the patriots fanbase for eternity thanks to Eli Manning. We are all grateful

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    Whos haunted? Im grateful for a team whos bar is set so high that 18-1 can be considered a failed year that its detractors find worthy of celebration. That celebtation is one of the biggest statements going to how great a franchise the Patriots actually are.

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    @ thermanmerman99 says:

    18-1 will forever haunted the patriots fanbase for eternity thanks to Eli Manning. We are all grateful.
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    Patriots fans have long since forgotten about their two recent Super Bowl Championships. Why would they be focused on something that happened to close the 2011 season?
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  22. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:38 am
    18-1 will forever haunted the patriots fanbase for eternity thanks to Eli Manning. We are all grateful

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    lmao

    You people are so dumb. Our team has won 2/3 SBs, we’ve seen em in 7 since 2000, and are on the verge of going to see them in their 7th straight conf title game, a new modern post merger NFL record. The Raiders of the 1970s went to 6 of em, an incredible feat as well, but this is the cap era.

    On top of that, there is a mountain of evidence that Roger Goodell was hired to cheat the NFL customer, help other teams, with parity in mind, and ratings are tumbling for a variety of reasons, but one of them the fact there is no real, strong parity in the NFL, mainly because NE has destroyed the entire conference.

    You have absolutely no idea the utter joy this has been, staring down a cheating commissioner and cheating owners, and winning SBs in dramatic, epic fashion, that the stories written about this stuff, years from now, will be so epic, the children won’t even believe it.

    Got it?

    Good.

  23. Patriots fans can say that they’ve long forgotten but they haven’t. Stop trying to kid yourselves. All you idiots that say Eli isn’t that good will see how wrong you are next year when he is playing with a team that has the tools he needs around him. Even with the garbage he’s had this year was on pace for 3,500 yards and 20TDs.

    Good luck replacing him Jerry. This seems like a desperate attempt by Jerry to place the blame on someone else to try and save his job. He is the reason the Giants are in the position they are in. Maybe if you hit on more than 3 picks in the past 10 years you wouldn’t be in the position you are in.

  24. As a Jags fan… the connection is there… but the reality is Eli isn’t the kind of QB that puts us over the top.

    I’m willing to bet the Jags get a younger QB to bridge the gap for Mayfield or Rudolph

  25. Patriots fans can say that they’ve long forgotten but they haven’t. Stop trying to kid yourselves. All you idiots that say Eli isn’t that good will see how wrong you are next year when he is playing with a team that has the tools he needs around him. Even with the garbage he’s had this year was on pace for 3,500 yards and 20TDs.

    Good luck replacing him Jerry. This seems like a desperate attempt by Jerry to place the blame on someone else to try and save his job. He is the reason the Giants are in the position they are in. Maybe if you hit on more than 3 picks in the past 10 years you wouldn’t be in the position you are in.
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    You mean, position to win ring #6? Easily the dumbest thing I’ve read all day. BTW, no one is selling Eli & the Giants short for their accomplishments. The best thing that can happen after 2 heart wrenching defeats is come better next time, which is exactly what the Patriots have done twice since then. It’s you idiots who can’t shut up about the Patriots when the articles has absolutely nothing to do with them at all

  26. jags have a good young team. they don’t need an old qb who turns the ball over and brings the distraction of a probable fraud conviction hanging over him. a guy who cheated his own fans has burned too many bridges, just go away.

  27. 1) Eli is under contract until 2018, with a 2019 option

    2) He can’t just be traded anywhere as he has a full no trade clause in his contract. So the Giants can’t “just trade him anywhere”

    3) With Signing and Roster bonuses, he’s due to make over $22m next year.

  28. I’ve been calling this all year! To be clear, no, I don’t think it’ll work out well or be a good decision for the Jags. Rather, I think Coughlin will do it because of course he will.

  29. I want a young gun in Jax. I want Kirk Cousins.

    We Patriots fans aren’t “haunted” by 18-1, we look at the undefeated season of 16-0 and then the classic SB where we were beaten by the Giants whose coach and staff put together a brilliant SB plan and run starting with the last game of the regular season against us.

    Eli beat us twice fair and square. WE RESPECT THAT.

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