Eli Manning‘s agent, Tom Condon, said he thinks his client will be with the Giants next season, but admitted “it’s just too early” to tell.
“I think he’d love to come back,” Condon said, according to the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz. “Guys love to play their whole careers with one team, if they have a good experience with that team.”
The 38-year-old Manning, who has a $23.2 million cap hit in the final year of his contract in 2019, has said numerous times he would focus on the 2019 season when the time is right and admitted he wasn’t sure what his role would be next season.
Would he be the team’s full-time starter? Would he be the team’s starting quarterback if they draft a quarterback in the first round? Would he be a backup? Would he accept a bench role? Would he retire?
Those around Manning have differing opinions.
Head coach Pat Shurmur has said he feels “strongly about Eli” being the starting quarterback in 2019. General manager Dave Gettleman had a more ominous answer, saying he would make decisions “in the interest of the New York Football Giants.” Even Manning’s father, Archie, said he would be “fine” if Manning is done as a Giant even though he hasn’t noticed any decline in Manning’s arm strength.
Yet Manning, himself, has said he doesn’t know what the future holds even though he wants to be a Giant moving forward.
“We will see” Manning said earlier this month.
Manning has started 230 of the Giants’ last 231 games since 2004, yet has won only eight games as a starter over the past two seasons. In 2018, he threw for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as the Giants went 5-11 and landed with a top-six pick for the second consecutive year.