Giants' Dave Gettleman has decided: Eli Manning to remain starting QB

Annette Crawford
January 22, 2018

But it appears that the team and new general manager Dave Gettleman are going with the status quo, sticking with Eli Manning. Gettleman, however, indicated that he planned to "just keep moving" with Manning. NY co-owner John Mara feels that Manning is still a good quarterback, but that he, Gettleman and the Giants future head coach will sit down and have a talk about what they will do about their quarterback situation.

Gettleman is referencing his first stint with the Giants, which lasted from 1998 all the way through 2012, which included a pair of Super Bowl titles won with Manning at the helm.

While enjoying the festivities, Manning, joined by a group of roughly 75 people, drank Bud Lights and chowed down on mac and cheese burgers before heading out after 5.30pm. If the Giants cut or traded Manning this offseason, they would have had to eat $12.4 million in dead money while freeing $9.8 million in cap space.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told Manning in a meeting earlier this month that he wants him to remain the team's starting quarterback next season. In addition, the team plans to evaluate this quarterback-heavy 2018 NFL Draft class, with a possibility of picking Manning's successor with the No. 2 overall pick.

Manning reaffirmed his desire to remain in NY and had no trepidation about a potential successor being part of the quarterback mix, believing in his own abilities to perform at a high level with the necessary fixes to the offensive line and running game and the return of a healthy Odell Beckham Jr.

Manning, who has two years remaining on his contract, always has said he wants to return as a Giant and finish his career here, but it was unknown how he'd react to a scenario in which he started 2018 but a young quarterback replaced him midway through if the franchise deemed Webb or the draft pick ready.

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