Eli Manning has been the starting quarterback for the New York Giants for 16 seasons. 16 years. Two Super Bowl victories over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
After starting the 2019 season with an 0-2 record, the Giants have decided to move onto their rookie first round draft pick, Daniel Jones, a much younger more lively QB who can satisfy them in a way that Eli hasn’t been able to do in nearly a decade.
Eli Manning is in the final year of his contract and it’s safe to say that he won’t be back in New York. I can’t imagine him wanting to ride the bench in the same city that he once ruled over. Not sure what he’d gain from that.
A loooot of quarterbacks need to be hurt before Eli Manning has any sort of trade value. I will never forget listening to ESPN radio last season as Adam Schefter was being interviewed and the host asked Adam if Eli had any trade value. Adam Schefter laughed for a solid 10 seconds before finally saying ‘no’. Like, a hearty belly laugh.
At this point, it makes far more sense to see if Luke Falk can ball then to bring in Eli, who you know for a fact cannot.
Eli Manning has only had three seasons in his entire career where he threw 30+ touchdowns. He’s also had three seasons where he’s led the league interceptions. His career stats are uh, disappointing, to say the least.
But does Eli have anything left in the tank? Can he continue playing in 2020?
People have made so many excuses for him over the years. Whether it’s a weak offensive line or no offensive weapons or it’s the playcalling. No quarterback gets as many mulligans as this man.
Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson have never had an offensive line yet they continue to be perennial MVP candidates.
Tom Brady never has a good running back or any relevant wide receivers and he’s in the Super Bowl every year.
And Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur can’t even use their full playbook with Eli because he’s slow as shit and can’t deceive defenses at all because he’s not a running threat in the slightest.
So is Eli Manning’s career over?
It absolutely should be but here are two true NFL facts: No player knows when they’re supposed to retire and no franchise—outside of the New England Patriots—knows how to make good decisions.
Eli’s career record is 116-116. He should 100% retire before he ruins his legacy any further but I get the vibes that he believes he can still play in this league even though he has the mobility of a Galapagos tortoise.
If Josh McCown and Ryan Fitzpatrick can get 1-year contracts every single season, Eli Manning can get into the veteran backup QB circuit. Not totally sure if that’s what Eli wants though.
But in the NFL where everyone gets hurts every day, backup quarterbacks actually get to play. Especially if the starting quarterback is Carson Wentz.
Is Eli Manning better than Joe Flacco? I don’t know. Is he better than Case Keenum? Maybe. There’s no reason why he couldn’t have the same exact roles as those two.
Ben Roethlisberger injured his elbow in a non-contact injury. His career could potentially be a wrap. Why couldn’t Eli slide into Pittsburgh and fill the void as they look for a QB of the future?
Is his career over? Probably not. But after watching Eli Manning for the last two decades, I can say with complete confidence that his career ended like 5 years ago.