Eli Manning still unsure about his own future

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Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman said he had a “no holds barred” conversation with quarterback Eli Manning, but stopped well short of committing to him for 2019.

For his part, Manning expects more of those conversations, and if he knows where he stands, he isn’t saying.

During an interview on WFAN, Manning said all options were on the table at the moment, which ostensibly includes retirement. Asked if we have seen the last of him on the field, Manning sighed and said: “We’ll see.

“I don’t know if it’s leaning one way or the other right now,” Manning said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “I think this is kind of the time to reflect and figure out what’s the best thing going forward.”

The 38-year-old Manning just finished his 15th season, and it had its ups and downs. On the whole the numbers were fine, as he completed a career-high 66 percent of his passes (though basically everybody had a career-high completion percentage this year), threw for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. But the Giants were 5-11, and even a guy who led them to two Super Bowls isn’t going to be immune from criticism. The $5 million roster bonus he’s due on March 15 will probably provide a framework for a timeline.

Manning said he still feels like he can play, and couldn’t imagine playing for another team.

But he also said everyone involved in the process will have to do some “soul-searching,” which sounds like a phrase a guy uses when he’s considering the possibility of the end.

39 responses to “Eli Manning still unsure about his own future

  1. Eli should retire. He has two Super Bowl wins, which is what is most important. He’s got all the money he’ll ever need, and if he needs more, he can always hit up his brother.
    He is not going to win anything ever again with the Giants and unless he goes to team with a chance to win, there’s no reason for him to keep playing.

  2. From a lifelong Giants fan: Eli? Thank you for all you’ve done for this team, it was a pleasure to be able to watch you help to bring 2 championships home. Now please….hang ’em up, dude. It’s time. You’ve got nothing left to prove

  3. It’s time buddy. You’ve given us all memories that will last a lifetime. Jerry Reese did the best he could to rebuild the offensive line while you were in your prime but ultimately failed.

  4. 38 years old and unsure about his future? Good thing they addressed his successor in last year’s draft with the #2 pick.

    Oh wait…

  5. The rest of the NFC East fans want Eli to stay with the Giants…..This tells me its time to move on.

  6. Thanks for the rings Eli. You’ll always be a Giant all time great. If this is the end, I’ll always have fond memories that will last a lifetime. May be a mediocre QB with an average career but I’ll happily take the 2 SB wins. A lot of teams wish they had that.

  7. Who is he trying to kid? They are doing the soul searching charade for the fans to make it look like it’s a hard decision for them to bring Manning back. Everyone knows the Maras are going to keep Manning no matter what. They cleared the deck last year and made sure there was absolutely no one on the roster who was able to play QB except for Manning.

    The QB position isn’t any better right now than it was at the beginning of last season, regardless of all the soul searching they do.

  8. The Giants desperately need to draft a young QB to begin developing/grooming for the future as it’s been clear over the last multiple years now that Eli Manning is in decline. You look around the NFC and outside of the NYG/Skins/Saints everyone has either a franchise QB or young franchise QB’s just beginning their careers w/ several years left in their perspective NFL Careers. I think after next season the 49ers will be another team looking for a QB as Garoppolo is Sam Bradford 2.0 with 3 injuries 2 of them serious injuries in just 10 career starts despite playing behind good offensive lines. He cannot stay healthy and really regressed this year before he got injured.

    In order for the Giants to stay relevant & competitive long term looking into the future they need to identify a young QB to draft & develop. Last seasons the NYG made a massive mistake in not drafting a QB such as Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen only to see their cross town rivals take Darnold. Barkley is an absolute stud but you dont take a RB over a young franchise QB whom they would of had on the cheap for several seasons allowing them to stock talent. The Giants can right that wrong this season though. I don’t think Dwayne Haskin’s is as talented as the pocket passing QB’s who came out last season (Baker/Rosen/Darnold) but I do think he is talented and with time could possibly become a good NFL starting QB in the future.
    With this class light on blue-chip QB prospects/talents the NYG should really think about moving up to draft Dwayne Haskins as multiple other teams will be looking to jump up in order to draft him. The Giants should draft QB Dwayne Haskins & keep Eli Manning on board for one more season as the starter allowing Haskins to sit behind Eli Manning his rookie season and develop & giving the NYG an extra year to fix their OL before Haskins takes over as starter. For the Giants to get back to the top of the NFC Mountain again they need to draft a young QB.

  9. It won’t matter who’s at QB for the Giants until they fix that horrible O-line. (The same goes for the Vikings.) Eli could play another year or two with a decent line in front of him, but without that it’s hopeless.

  10. They should keep him for one more season to groom his replacement, who they should draft this year. They should have done that last year but it’s too late for that now.

  11. He brought them to the top of the mountain twice, and it’s been mostly pretty ugly ever since. This team badly, BADLY needs a fresh new face, one that doesn’t look like a confused toddler.

  12. Draft Haskins and if he is gone draft o line, then go after Greir in second round don’t force a bad pic let a good pic come to you, but Haskins would be a nice pick up but trading down could also be a great play as well to fix that o line.Dont let Eli go until after the draft.

  13. If he’s truly all done, his is an interesting case for debate as to whether or not he should be in the Hall of Fame. His longevity, durability, and a lot of the numbers help, but without those championship runs in 2007 and 2011, he would be in the Hall of Slightly Above Average and given credit for staying healthy (which is a tough thing to do actually)

    If he does get in, he can point to those few months in his 15 year career that did it. He was clutch when he got the chance.

  14. Darnold, Darnold, Darnold. A lackluster rookie season. All the Darnold lovers didn’t take any looks at his lackluster USC career. He may wind up being “franchise” but he may very well wind up being the next Sanchez. Giants lost 12 – 12 – games by 7 or less. It wasn’t Manning, it was a poor defense. A weak o line. Fix those areas and Manning will do just fine for one more year despite eroding skills.

  15. Gettleman is quite a character isn’t he?, perhaps not even as smart as smart as his predecessor, a bad decision at head coach, a poor draft strategy, and author of an untraceable contract for his diva I call that a bad 0 for 3 in his first three most important decisions

  16. Fix the O-line this offseason and get situated to make a run at a QB the year after. Or, maybe snag Foles this offseason. But, the O-line is a disaster. It can be fixed quickly though, look at Seattle.

  17. Eli makes 17MM this year.
    If you draft a QB, do you start him?
    Or go with Kyle Lauletta the first half of the season then switch to the rookie?
    Be prepared for a 3-13 season.
    Will that get the GM fired?

    If the Giants passed on Sam Darnold then are unable to get a QB in the next few years, that goes down as a huge blunder.

  18. If your team sucks, you will be in the limelight and the Giants have sucked for several years now and the pressure is there to win now or hit the street.4

  19. Anyone who actually watched the Giants play this year can see he can still play…funny how as the year went on and the oline got better Eli’s play vastly improved, even running bootlegs out of the pocket…Career year for comp % 4000 yards and was sacked more than any other year in his career ( which is saying something ..Add another piece to the oline via draft and a healthy OBJ back and Eli in his second year of the offence, I totally see them making one last playoff run with #10

  20. Eli is not a HOF QB. His career winning percentage is .512 and he rarely made the playoffs, in large part because of his penchant for throwing picks. He’s had some good playoff games but was lucky in the Super Bowl (particularly the first one). No way unless 15 others from this era are going in.

  21. Go back up one of the superstars. (Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Russ..)

    Maybe you’ll get lucky, one of them will get hurt, and you can win a 3rd ring?!

  22. Eli is not a HOF QB. His career winning percentage is .512 and he rarely made the playoffs, in large part because of his penchant for throwing picks. He’s had some good playoff games but was lucky in the Super Bowl (particularly the first one). No way unless 15 others from this era are going in.
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    Voters only care about Rings.

    He has 2, inexplicably beating the Dynasty of his era with trash teams.

    .. don’t waste your time with this.

  23. Fix the O-line this offseason and get situated to make a run at a QB the year after. Or, maybe snag Foles this offseason. But, the O-line is a disaster. It can be fixed quickly though, look at Seattle.
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    Seattle only fixed half their problem. Wilson was sacked 51 times, a career high. He was sacked nearly 11% of his dropbacks (10.7)

    They simply went back to smashmouth football.

  24. I just don’t get all the calls for Eli to retire or the G-men to cut him. He had a 66% completion ratio and threw for 4300yds, now the TD-INT ratio and sacks weren’t the best but a lot of that can be contributed to a poor OL. Hell I bet there are a >dozen other teams that’d give up their QB in a second for one that put up the numbers Eli did this year!

    BTW some of you people need to look around the NFL, the level of QB play isn’t that great and finding a good one is like finding a needle in a haystack, a HUGE haystack! Some teams try for a decade or more and before finding “their guy”.

    BTW – There are ONLY a handful of great QBs in the NFL the rest are just fair to middlin’!

  25. Archie better decide quick, I don’t want to spend the next few months with daily “Eli Manning retirement watch” stories like we had with Favre.

  26. “Darnold, Darnold, Darnold. A lackluster rookie season. All the Darnold lovers didn’t take any looks at his lackluster USC career. He may wind up being “franchise” but he may very well wind up being the next Sanchez. Giants lost 12 – 12 – games by 7 or less. It wasn’t Manning, it was a poor defense. A weak o line. Fix those areas and Manning will do just fine for one more year despite eroding skills.’

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    This. Exactly this. I’m surprised so many people upvoted this post, most here take the easy way out and put it all on Eli without acknowledged the role played by the rest of the team.

  27. Jerry Reese did the best he could to rebuild the offensive line while you were in your prime but ultimately failed…..

    I strongly disagree with this statement

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