Eli Manning is taking a wait-and-see approach to his uncertain future with the New York Giants, but the veteran signal-caller believes he still has enough in the tank to play another season.
Manning made his final weekly appearance of the season on WFAN Wednesday. It came on the same day Giants general manager Dave Gettleman declined to commit to Manning being with the team in 2019.
When asked how he views whether or not he’ll be back with the Giants, Manning said, “We’ll see.”
Gettleman’s comments, which included mentioning how he and Manning had a “no-holds-barred” meeting, obviously do not bode well for the veteran. Still, reports earlier this season suggested the Giants may have no choice but to bring Manning back due to the absence of any other current viable options.
That said, Manning does not appear to be any clearer on his status following the meeting.
“I don’t know if it’s leaning one way or the other right now,” Manning said, via the New York Post. “I think this is kind of the time to reflect and figure out what’s the best thing going forward.”
Manning, who turned 38 Thursday, said all parties involved ought to do some “soul searching’’ in the coming weeks and that the Giants’ past two dismal campaigns have “taken a toll” on him and his family.
Should the Giants opt to move on without Manning, the fact that he holds a full no-trade clause could complicate matters. Further, Manning finds it “hard to imagine” playing for another team, and cutting him would carry a $6.2 million dead money hit.
“That’s when you just got to truly think about what you want to do and how it’s gonna go,” Manning said. “Especially as you get older, and I know what it’s like to go into a new offense and new players and a new coach, it’s not always that easy transition you hope it’s gonna be.’’
Manning currently is not contemplating retirement and feels healthy after playing in all 16 games this season. He hopes for the opportunity to do so again in 2019.
“I love playing football,” Manning said.