The New York Giants shocked the football world on Tuesday morning, naming Daniel Jones the starting quarterback for the third week of the season. With the No. 6 overall pick ready to start, the focus shifts over to a potential Eli Manning trade.
Manning has struggled over the past few years in New York. Last weekend, the veteran quarterback had 250 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Now that Jones is the starter for the Giants, the rest of the league waits to see what happens with Manning. He could decide to mentor the young gunslinger, but it’s possible that he requests a trade.
And what now of Eli Manning….
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
In the event Manning is on the trading blocks, here are three potential trade destinations.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Reuniting Manning with Tom Coughlin would be quite the story in itself. Although the Jaguars added Nick Foles this past offseason, the team is being led by Gardner Minshew II.
Minshew hasn’t looked bad by any stretch of the imagination, but the experience of Manning could be valued in Jacksonville. Let’s also not forget that the two-time Super Bowl champion won’t cost that much for the front office. At the very least, he’ll add depth to a team that could certainly use it.
2. Indianapolis Colts
The idea of Eli Manning playing for the team that Peyton Manning grew up with would be incredible. The Indianapolis Colts aren’t exactly tanking with Jacoby Brissett, but there’s still uncertainty at the quarterback position.
If the Colts want to remain in the AFC South hunt, it makes sense to add another veteran to their depth chart. After all, injuries are the reason the franchise had to say goodbye to Andrew Luck in the first place.
3. New York Jets
The odds of the Giants trading Eli Manning to the Jets are awfully slim. However, Adam Gase needs a quarterback to keep his season alive in the worst way possible.
New York lost Sam Darnold to mono and Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury. Unless the team wants to start Luke Falk for the next month, acquiring Manning might be the only way to keep the sink from shipping.