Eli Manning retired from the NFL earlier this year, but could the longtime New York Giants quarterback be talked out of it?
Rumors surfaced on Wednesday evening about a dinner between Manning and a certain NFC franchise in need of some stability at the quarterback position. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback was reportedly spotted at a dinner with the Chicago Bears.
However, it does not appear that the dinner actually happened. A respected Bears insider has shot down the rumor.
“Sorry Twitterland. I’m told there wasn’t a dinner between the Bears and Eli Manning last night,” Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.
Sorry Twitterland. I’m told there wasn’t a dinner between the #Bears and Eli Manning last night.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 5, 2020
Manning, 39, retired from the NFL in late January. He played his entire career with the New York Giants. It doesn’t appear that he’d be interested in being a backup somewhere else.
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman addressed the Manning-retirement speculation in his column earlier in the week:
I’ve been told there are teams that either have attempted or will attempt to pull longtime Giants quarterback Eli Manning out of retirement.
Still, the chances of Manning reversing the decision he made in January aren’t good, and the chances he does that for a team not named the Giants is nil.
Manning played for the Giants from 2004-19. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.
The former No. 1 overall pick should remain retired and head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this decade.