Eli Manning appears set to enter the 2019 NFL season as the presumptive starting quarterback for the New York Giants. How long he holds on to that role, however, remains to be seen, as the Giants will assume a wait-and-see approach to Manning’s future with the organization beyond the coming season.
As far as Manning is concerned, that’s just fine.
On Tuesday, Giants owner John Mara expressed hope that Manning will take every snap in 2019, with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones “never seeing the field.” Instead, Mara indicated the ideal scenario would have Jones spending the entire season as the veteran signal-caller’s understudy.
Manning’s contract expires following the 2019 season, and Mara indicated that the Giants are in “one-year-at-a-time mode” with everything, including the status of their longtime quarterback.
“Let’s worry about next year, next year,” Mara said of Manning’s contract status, via NJ.com. “We’ve got to get through this season first.”
When asked about Mara’s comments on Tuesday, Manning downplayed the uncertainty surrounding his future with the Giants organization.
“I think that’s fair,” Manning said. “I’ve never been one that’s ever concerned or ever worried about contracts, so I figure I won’t start now.”
Manning has given every indication he intends to play in 2020, even if that means leaving the Giants for another team. It stands to reason the Giants are eager to elevate Jones to the starting role in light of selecting the former Duke quarterback with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, a decision that elicited jeers, mock and ridicule in light of the perception the team expended far too much draft capital on him.
That said, the Giants have given every indication that the team will roll with Manning in 2019, if not longer. While Jones has exceeded expectations during offseason activities, in training camp and performed well in the Giants’ first preseason game, head coach Pat Shurmur attempted to quell any looming quarterback controversy ahead of the regular season.
Beyond the upcoming campaign, though, Manning’s future in New York is much more difficult to glean.