Could Eli Manning be returning to the New York Giants organization in an off-field role at some point in the future?
According to podcast host and former New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers, Manning recently spoke with Giants co-owner John Mara about a potential role with the organization.
Myers believes the job could possibly involve mentorship towards current players.
Giants news: @EliManning told me he stopped by NYG offices last week to say hi to trainers, video people & equipment staff & visited with John Mara. Eli expressed an interest to Mara to work for NYG and they're going to carve out a role. Best guess: Mentoring players. No coaching
— Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY) January 27, 2021
Quite honestly, there wouldn’t be too many guys better for that type of role than the two-time Super Bowl MVP himself. The man who defeated Tom Brady and Bill Belichick twice on the biggest stage; the man who’s top ten all-time in both career passing yards and touchdown passes; the man who’s the greatest quarterback in the history of a storied franchise such as the New York Football Giants.
Manning would be perfect for the job, but again, being a mentor is just a guess from Myers at this point. It’s yet to be confirmed what exactly his role would be.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News additionally chimed in on Wednesday, reporting the possibility of an ambassador role for Eli.
Can confirm: Eli Manning visited Giants Monday, told John Mara he’s interested in coming back (picking up last year’s convo they agreed to revisit). Preliminary conversations are about an ambassador type role, possibly involved in both the business side & on player/football side. https://t.co/3yJhkWDtjw
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) January 27, 2021
Having Manning around in any way, shape, or form would be great for the young Daniel Jones. The current Giants starting quarterback still has a lot to improve on ahead of his third season in the NFL and already possesses experience learning from Manning, which he did during his rookie campaign and Eli’s final season in 2019.
Without Manning in the quarterback room this past year, Jones struggled and threw just 11 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Having a resource for advice close by could help Jones develop ahead of what’s going to be a crucial season for the former No. 6 overall draft pick.
That, along with healthy weapons and a consistent offensive line could greatly benefit Daniel, and thus, the organization.