There are few players that mean as much to their organization than Eli Manning means to the Giants. Manning has been with the Giants since 2004 and he has been the foundation of the team ever since. It would be a tragedy to see Manning ever wear the uniform of another team. Is that even a possibility.
Manning is in the last season of his contract. The Giants nor Manning seem to be too concerned about that fact. It seems likely that a deal will be agreed upon when the timing is right; at the moment both sides are just focused on winning football games.
Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Giants surely have no motivation to part ways with Manning. Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in football. Why would they let Manning go off into the free agent waters if he can still put up big time numbers? The Giants know the importance of having a franchise passer.
The fact is that Manning is almost impossible to replace. Drafting a young quarterback is often a bigger risk than a reward. Looking towards free agency is probably not a great place to look for the next Manning. If you think Manning is going to be replaced by a journey man quarterback, you’ve got another thing coming.
Look at the options on the free agent market at the quarterback position. You could pick up the unexciting Jason Campbell, the disappointing Thaddeus Lewis or how about Tyler Thigpen. See there are no options there that can replace Manning. That is the kind of player that you see on the free agent market as a QB. They are available for a reason.
The Giants aren’t going to let their franchise quarterback just walk to another team. Manning has put up some big numbers. He just had his fourth season over 4,000 yards and he threw for 30 touchdown passes. In the NFL there are always going to be more teams than there are good quarterbacks; why wouldn’t you want to keep your two-time Super Bowl MVP?
There isn’t much motivation for Manning to leave New York at this point of his career either. He is going to be paid handsomely no matter where he plays. The promise of a bigger contract elsewhere won’t lure him away from receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. He just learned a new offensive system, what would possibly motivate him to want to learn another?
The point is that the Giants and Eli Manning have no motivating factors to part ways. The Giants want a deal with Manning and Manning wants a deal with the Giants. Expect Manning to stay with the Giants for his entire career. Manning will retire a Giant, and the Giants wouldn’t have it any other way.
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