There were plenty of people who questioned the New York Giants’ decision to stick with Eli Manning in 2018. It looked like they were right as the team started 1-7 and Eli’s time in New York looked done.
However, now it appears Manning could be back for another year in 2019. Since the bye week, the Giants are 4-1 and Eli has played better, which leads into this morning’s report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the 37-year-old Manning is “playing his way” onto the team’s 2019 roster.
“Sources I talked to were adamant, no decision had been made firmly, this is an offseason situation, but he way he has been playing, the way he has held up, certainly opens up the possibility that he is back in 2019,” Rapoport said.
Manning has one year left on his contract with the Giants and is set to make $16.5 million next season. He has thrown for 3,460 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season while completing a career-high 67.7 percent of his passes.
From @GMFB Weekend: #Giants QB Eli Manning may be playing his way onto the roster in 2019, which seemed crazy just a few months ago. Interesting decision looming this offseason. pic.twitter.com/9hVQx2PzIO
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2018
It is pretty obvious Manning is at the end of his career, but as Rapoport mentioned, a situation where the Giants could draft Manning’s successor in April and groom him could be intriguing.
The Giants are 5-8 and still mathematically in the playoff hunt, but also could be looking at a top-10 pick in the 201 NFL Draft.
Would picking Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins with the intention of him taking over for Eli in 2020 make sense? It could, assuming Haskins enters the draft as widely expected.