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The New York Giants are leaning towards keeping quarterback Eli Manning in 2019 after extensive film review. 

It seems the New York Giants may keep quarterback Eli Manning next season after all.

On Saturday, per a report from Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, the Giants are looking to bring back Manning for the time being. Many people have differing opinions over this. However, if Big Blue does keep their long-time quarterback, it would most likely only be for one last year. But hey, you never know.

Manning could be the starting quarterback day one of next season. He would also have the responsibility of grooming whomever they draft at quarterback. That is, of course, if they do decide to draft a quarterback in the first-round this coming April. If they weren’t going to use their second-overall pick on a quarterback in 2018, it’s believed that they will in 2019.

Eli does give the Giants the best chance to win, but he’s still 38-years-old and entering his 16th season next year. It’s officially time to look towards the future in New York.

Per Schwartz, Giants GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur don’t see a reason to get rid of Manning at this point. They believe that if he’s around next year, he could help the ultimate successor blossom into a starting quarterback in the NFL.

It could be Ohio State University quarterback Dwayne Haskins, it could be the University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, or it could be Duke University’s Daniel Jones. Or maybe they wait on a quarterback until the second round and take Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham? Schwartz reported that the Giants met with Stidham last week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.

If they do end up drafting a quarterback, the best option is to keep Manning for a year. He still gives Big Blue the best chance to win football games and could give the successor the Patrick Mahomes treatment. We all know how that turned out for Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.