New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reaffirmed on Sunday that he wants Eli Manning as the team’s quarterback.
Last week Gettleman had a meeting with Manning, which has been described as both “positive and great.”
“Yes, it was a great meeting,’’Gettleman told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “Eli, obviously on this team, there are only three guys who are still here from when I left. Eli, Zak DeOssie and JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul]. We had a great conversation and everything went well.’’
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Gettleman told Eli that the personnel department still has to evaluate the college class of 2018 and compare them to backup quarterback Davis Webb. That means that the Giants could draft Manning’s successor at the NFL draft in April.
Manning has reaffirmed that he wants to stay in New York. He has two years and $22 million, plus $11 million in bonuses left on his contract. He also has a no-trade clause in his contract. This season he threw for 3,468 yards and 19 touchdowns and had 13 interceptions. He was even benched for one game by former head coach Ben McAdoo.
Sources told Mortensen that Minnesota Viking offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is expected to become the Giants next head coach, that Shurmur has favorable impressions of Manning, The Giants can’t hire Shurmur until the Vikings are don playing, but Giants co-owner John Mara thinks that Manning can still play at a high level.
“I think he can still play at a high level, but at the end of the day that’s gonna be a discussion between Dave, the new head coach and myself,’’ Mara said when Gettleman was introduced.
So, for now, it looks like Manning isn’t going anywhere.