Are the Giants Getting Ready to Move on from Eli Manning?
A lot has changed in the last month. That's according to Matt Lombardo who covers the Giants for the Star-Ledger and nj.com. If you asked him before Christmas if Eli Manning would be the Giants starting quarterback in 2019, he would have said yes, but ask him on January 25th (with the Senior Bowl approaching) and he has a different answer. (the audio link has his full explanation.)
Lombardo isn't alone. ESPN senior writer Ian O'Connor gave us a similar answer a little more than a week ago. There are options at QB for Big Blue, either with the sixth overall pick (Haskins/Murray), later in the 1st round (Duke's Daniel Jones) or in the mid-round range (Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, etc.). That's not to mention the free agent choices like Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater.
If ultimately the Giants decide to move on from Eli and his $23 million cap hit, is there any way to do it amicably? I think the short answer is "no." If Manning isn't open to a pay cut, it seems to leave a trade, release or coaxed retirement as the only options and is the two-time Super Bowl MVP ready to accept the third of those choices? Sure doesn't feel like it.