Giants should release Eli Manning

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Fourteen loyal years of service, more than 200 straight starts, and a pair of Lombardi Trophies that wouldn’t have been won without him ultimately didn’t secure for Eli Manning the ability to end the 2017 season as the Giants’ starting quarterback.

Even though coach Ben McAdoo says that the decision to bench Eli for Geno Smith doesn’t mean that Eli’s time with the team is done (as if McAdoo will be making any of those decisions), the Giants should do the right thing by Eli Manning and cut him.

Surely, he won’t be back with the team in 2018. Given the structure of his contract, he’ll likely be cut not long after the Super Bowl. So cut him now. Let him go.

Actually, he may not want to be released. If released, Eli would be subject to waivers. Anyone (including the Browns) could claim his contract. If he fails to show up, Manning would owe the team that claims him more than $12.4 million.

So who would be inclined to claim him on waiver? The Browns surely would consider it, as would the Bills, the Jets (maybe), the Jaguars, the Texans, the Broncos, and the Cardinals. But if he had no interest in playing for any of those teams, would the team go through with grabbing his rights?

Eli’s preference surely would be to become a free agent, and to join the most viable contender he could find: The Jaguars, where he’d be reunited with Tom Coughlin.

Even if it doesn’t happen this year, that could be exactly what happens comes 2018.

39 responses to “Giants should release Eli Manning

  1. They better hang on to Eli. Geno Smith is one teammate punch to the face from being out for the year again.

  2. Said in a previous article they should release Eli now and let him catch o with the Jags and get ready for the playoffs. That D and running game with Eli against the pats would be greaf

  3. I think this move shows the Giants will likely be looking at QBs in the upcoming draft. I love Eli – i think he is someone who will not be totally appreciated for his accomplishments until after he has retired. What i think you will see is the following:

    Eli has a no trade clause in his contract. The Giants and Eli will meet in the offseason, and the Giants will work with him to find a team that he would like to play for, who will offer something up in trade. This gets around the whole waiver issue. I could see Jacksonville, Denver, Arizona as teams who could be interested in Eli, and who Eli could be interested in as well.

    This is a shameful way for his time in NY to come to an end – because how do they now come back to him and say, nope – you are our guy.

    Reese and McAdoo can’t be fired quickly enough

  4. Eli has made enough money so he doesnt want to be CLAIMED off waivers from any old team. So, why do these reporters bring up this nonsense? The Giants have a team to consider and that is bigger than Eli who should had opportunity to rise to the top this year-but to no avail. Eli’s reputation of those “two Super Bowls years ago” is the only thing he has going for him right now because his play has been pedestrian. I don’t know what the problem is.

  5. The Giants would be nuts to cut Eli and Eli shouldn’t want any part of it. His contract going forward isn’t all that bad so he is definitely a tradeable commodity in the off season and no doubt the team would let him have some input on where he lands to avoid the bad press of sending him off to purgatory or, even worse, Cleveland.

  6. I don’t understand the thought process around the media/fans saying they should just release a player. Like it’s the ‘right thing to do’. What if the Giants want to get a draft pick for him in the off season, what if they don’t want him to go to a division/conference rival? The only thing they Should Do is what’s best for the organization.

  7. The only reason to bench Eli is to have a look at the quarterback of the future. Smith is not the quarterback of the future. What an insult to Manning. I’ve always thought he was overhyped and got hot twice at the right time, but no one can take those titles away from him and it’s a travesty the Giants would do this.

  8. Lol, and the Patriots bring him in to back up Brady.

    Never happen ….Eli’s standup ethical response to his streak doesn’t fit with a team known for He is not a Cheater…..

  9. Why? Does anybody here really think Geno is better than Eli? They are throwing Eli under the bus. I’m quite sure there will be a lot of teams who will grab Eli. Maybe it’s a coaching problem or other problems. Eli is a good QB. Maybe they are doing the wrong solution to their problem.

  10. Every thing this website discusses about QBs revolves around how it affects Cousins and the Redskins and no one is mentioning how he could be the “Cousins insurance”? You think Eli wouldn’t want to go down to Washington and kick the giants ass twice a year after the way they treated him? Washington is a far better roster than New York at this point

  11. Giants are IDIOTS! If he had a decent line and blockers/Wide receivers he would be lighting it up. He doesn’t fit in this offence and should honestly retire. Before the Browns get him and end up getting him Pounded into the ground!

  12. They need to make a change, but feel that they’ll break Webb if they throw him out there behind that OL. Let Geno get beat up for awhile, nobody cares.

  13. Why would the Jags want him? Sure, Coughlin may want to bring him in but does that really mean he’d be what they need? They already have a QB who is like Eli, except being able to win big games. I’m not sure Eli can do that anymore anyway. The past few years when the game was on the line Eli has choked. Bortles can already do that and for much less money. If all they want is a game manager then signing Eli doesn’t seem to fix anything.

  14. one angle is I don’t like the balance of power being shifted and a teams playoff chances changing based on a lower tiered team giving up on the season.
    Should Denver (insert other teams if you like) suddenly become viable because the Giants gave up?

    Meanwhile, would it benefit Cleveland, the Bills, the Jets, or even Arizona to grab him and have him block/cloud their attempts to find a QB of the future? Sure Cleveland cant find a good one, but would they suddenly be good with ELI, or would he be completely washed up (if he isn’t already) by the time the rest of the team got decent?
    Maybe Houston benefits to grab him for the rest of the season, then cuts him.
    AZ too, but is their season shot anyway?

  15. xenova1 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Who’s gonna want a white QB with his ’17 stats?

    Yeah, if he was at least orange or vermilion they’d be all over a guy with those stats. Please pick the race card back up on your way out the door.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm
    Lol, and the Patriots bring him in to back up Brady.

    Never happen ….Eli’s standup ethical response to his streak doesn’t fit with a team known for He is not a Cheater…..

    Nothing says ethics like fraudulently selling memorabilia…

  17. Dude has been done for years, Beecham has made him look respectable. The giants owe him nothing not to mention his bloated salary that NO team is gonna trade for. Yeah the team stinks but he is done if he tries to play he will fold. Call it for what it is he can’t play anymore.

  18. They should release him and they’ll get exactly what they deserve……ask the Cowboys how that’s working out for them……LOL

  19. kettles08 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Said in a previous article they should release Eli now and let him catch o with the Jags and get ready for the playoffs. That D and running game with Eli against the pats would be greaf
    if they release him, he’ll be claimed by the Browns. The Jags would be about 25th in the waiver line for his services given their record.

  20. sdelmonte says:
    November 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I think I am the only Giants fan who isn’t offended by this. He was great, and he’s not anymore, and it’s time to move on. That’s all.
    Exactly. The guy had two great, historic SB runs a decade ago, but has been utterly mediocre in every season before or since. The notion some people have that he is somehow a great QB in 2017-2018 is ridiculous.

  21. I don’t think anyone is claiming Eli is great right now. But, benched for Geno Effing Smith? You really wanna defend this move? It’s ridiculous.

  22. The timing of the move to kick Eli aside is critical to understanding the future. Mara has effectively dumped most of the blame on McAdoo and Reese and will hide behind “it was a football decision” excuse. He will fire both Reese and McAdoo when the season is over. The villains will be gone; the Giants will reload in the draft with some very early picks. Watch for OBJ to be traded for some draft capital. This is the beginning of a house cleaning that has been long overdue … and the classlessness of the way it was handled will follow McAdoo and Reese for the rest of their careers while Mara escapes most of the criticism. Or so Mara hopes. Unfortunately the smirking interview McAdoo gave yesterday which confirmed Eli was done with the Giants will aid Mara in appearing an innocent, clueless owner while focusing fan outrage on the slick haired McAdoo.


    Where was Eli “doing the right thing” when he jilted the Chargers? In a way that decision by he and his snobbish family costs that city their team (Just like Elway and Baltimore).

    Karma can be a real bitch sometimes.

    Too bad. Eli finally got his.

  24. A team would be dumb to sign Eli unless it had a decent chance (playoff caliber) of going to the Super Bowl that year. He’s obviously not a long-term solution given his age, but in the short term, could help a team who is already a playoff caliber team make a big Super Bowl push.

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