With starting spot resecured, Eli Manning nets $5 million bonus

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When Eli Manning was sitting on the bench watching Geno Smith play quarterback for the Giants against the Raiders on December 3, it wasn’t hard to find people who doubted that Manning would get a $5 million bonus for being on the Giants come the fifth day of the 2018 league year.

Things shift quickly in the NFL, though, and the fifth day of the new league year passing without any fanfare around the Giants illustrates that. Manning went from benched to back as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback for the team well before there was any reason to contemplate the Giants moving on without him.

He returned to the starting job the next week after coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were fired. Any thoughts that Manning might follow them out the door come the offseason went away when incoming General Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur threw enthusiastic support behind Manning remaining the team’s starter.

Neither man showed much concern about Manning being in decline at 37 years old and Shurmur said he thought the quarterback has multiple years left as a good starter. He’s currently signed through the 2019 season.

That’s shifted the question for the Giants to how long Manning will be in that job and whether to use the second overall pick on his potential successor. With 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb on hand and a spot in the draft that could net a healthy return in a trade, that enthusiasm about Manning could lead the team to focus on other areas in April.

39 responses to “With starting spot resecured, Eli Manning nets $5 million bonus

  1. they should trade him to a qb needy team. Three head coaches in four years. Being 37 years old he needs consistency, not learning a new system every year. By the time they can potentially contend, Eli will be retiring. Just send him somewhere he can compete and get some kind of return.

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    Despite all the rumors to the contrary, I still think that the Giants will pick a QB at #2. Bringing aboard a rookie this year ensures a smooth transition from Eli. Plus, opportunities to lay claim to one the top QBs in the draft are rare and/or expensive. If they make a good choice, they’ll be set at QB for a decade.
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  3. I respect Eli for all his accomplishments, but it might be a mistake to count on him for much in the future.

  4. 2 years with the #2 pick. What should they do? If they can get a haul of next years picks, then they should consider trading it. If not, then they should consider a QB now. Eli has been a solid quarterback for a long time. Retiring at the end of his 38/39 age season would be no knock on him.

    This year look to beef up the defense/O-line. Good D and good line is what won the Giants Superbowls with Eli.

  5. They’ll pay him because they fee that they owe him. He’s a mere placeholder at this point. They will draft a top quarterback with their first pick and that quarterback will be the starter in 2019. This will be Manning’s final year as a starter.

  6. McAdoo was the scapegoat while Manning not only got away with no blame but also retains his starting job this season. All based on past performance and not on current or potential future performance. It’s clear that unless the Giants surprisingly draft a QB they don’t have a clue as to what they are doing.

  7. Giants are likely to draft a quarterback because there are a number of good ones available, and by the time Eli’s contract is up, they may have a young successor ready at much lower salary. If they miss this chance, they would have to tank their way to the top of the draft order or trade a bunch of picks to move up.

  8. The team’s new brain trust has a unique way of evaluating Manning’s future success. Stick their head in the sand and pretend he’s still the answer.

  9. dudermcrbohan says:
    March 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    they should trade him to a qb needy team. Three head coaches in four years. Being 37 years old he needs consistency, not learning a new system every year. By the time they can potentially contend, Eli will be retiring. Just send him somewhere he can compete and get some kind of return.
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    Talk about an argument that defeats itself. If he is sent to another team it’s not just a new system he has to learn but new personnel as well. At 37 years old and with cap hits of $22m & $23m this year and next Eli has more value to the Giants than they can possibly get in return.

  10. If the Giants dont take a QB, or TRADE DOWN and pile up picks, THEN you know that they dont have a clue. Being that they seem committed to carrying Eli, Im hoping they simply trade out of the #2 spot.

  11. I agree with 6ball – they will draft a QB at 2….and they should. Not that I think this crop is particularly drool-worthy, but at 37 Eli is at the tail end of his career. I don’t care who you are – including Brady – when that drop off comes it tends to come rather harshly. To not have a backup plan in place is criminal to the franchise. They will draft a QB at 2

  12. eli manning is nothing but a ped user. nothing more nothing less. just ask his broheim peyton manning. he provides eli with hgh.

  13. Eli will probably retire a Giant. He can walk away, or wait until they replace him, and push him out the door. It’s his choice. I see the Giants taking either Josh Allen or Sam Darnold. When I watched Eli last year, he would hit the deck as soon as the pressure got close. He didn’t even try to escape. He probably figured it was no use. When you see him do that, you start looking for a mobile QB. Darnold and Allen are very green. They’ll be able to come along at their own pace. Those guys could learn a lot from watching Eli. Eli can’t depend on his feet, and that’s a good thing when you’re grooming a young athletic QB who wants to run.

  14. Eli’s career interception percentage is 3.1%. The all-time best is Aaron Rodgers at 1.6%. 22 HOF’ers threw picks at a higher rate than Eli. Stabler, Nameth, Bradshaw,Unitas, Starr, Fouts, Tarkenton, Staubach, Kelly, Moon, and Favre are just some of them.

  15. Talk about an argument that defeats itself. If he is sent to another team it’s not just a new system he has to learn but new personnel as well. At 37 years old and with cap hits of $22m & $23m this year and next Eli has more value to the Giants than they can possibly get in return.

    you trade him somewhere that has a system he’s familiar with. Favre to Minnesota seemed to work out well. Manning to Denver seemed to have no problems.

  16. I bought one of Eli’s game jerseys with mud all over it from the game in Dallas two years ago. I just realized the Cowboys stadium is indoors.

  17. Eli has been as durable as Brady so why are people ready to push Eli out while believe that Brady will play until he is 45? If the Giants address their offensive line, no reason to believe Eli can’t continue to play.

  18. Michael E says:
    March 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    I bought one of Eli’s game jerseys with mud all over it from the game in Dallas two years ago. I just realized the Cowboys stadium is indoors.

    Big Giants and Eli fan….that was funny.

  19. I can understand all the Eli hate from Pats fans (18-1 will sting forever), Chargers fans (Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned), and NFC East fans. But I’m assuming “honolulublue” is a Detroit fan. Kind of funny reading his comments. “Loser”? “Tool”? You realize that the Lions are one of only TWO teams in NFL history to go 0-16, right? And please enlighten us with what hardware Matt Stafford has brought to the great city of Detroit.

    You want to talk about wasting years and talent? How about Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson? Thanks for driving them both into early retirement, Detroit!

  20. As a second generation Giants season ticket holder, I will seriously consider selling my PSLs if they don’t draft a QB with the 2nd pick. We’ve sucked for the last 6 YEARS and will suck for the next six years if we don’t address the QB issue. Draft a QB and sign Odell with the money you save from cutting Eli in 2019.

  21. gcsuk says:
    March 18, 2018 at 7:37 pm
    I can understand all the Eli hate from Pats fans (18-1 will sting forever), Chargers fans (Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned), and NFC East fans. But I’m assuming “honolulublue” is a Detroit fan. Kind of funny reading his comments. “Loser”? “Tool”? You realize that the Lions are one of only TWO teams in NFL history to go 0-16, right? And please enlighten us with what hardware Matt Stafford has brought to the great city of Detroit.

    You want to talk about wasting years and talent? How about Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson? Thanks for driving them both into early retirement, Detroit!
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    You have to admit – it brings a smile to your face every time you see a Patriot whiner commenting on a Giants or Eli article. They’ll never get over those two monumental Super Bowl losses. They said they’ve already forgotten about them, but their actions say otherwise.

  22. dudermcrbohan says:
    March 18, 2018 at 6:27 pm
    furthermore, my comment was based on what the GIANTS should do. what do they care if he ends up on a team thats a bad fit?
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    Eli has a no trade clause in his contract. He would need to waive it in order for the Giants to trade him.

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