The notion that the New York Giants should be moving on from veteran quarterback Eli Manning for a younger, more mobile, more accurate player hasn’t quite reached Dave Gettleman’s office.

The Giants’ general manager told reporters on a conference call that the general consensus about Manning being washed up is “a crock”.

There was some drama to this situation over the past week as some speculated the Giants might do something to reduce Manning’s $23.2 million salary cap hit, but that doesn’t appear to be in the works. Eli is set to collect his $5 million roster bonus at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

Manning is in the final year of his contract and perhaps the Giants will simply let him play the season out. If they want him back next year, they’ll just offer him a new contract.

The 38-year-old Manning completed a career-high 66% of his passes for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, all while being sacked a career-high 47 times.

The Giants averaged over 27 points per game in the second half of the season, finishing 5-11 after a sluggish 1-7 start. Gettleman believes Manning was the least of his problems as he watched his defense melt down the stretch.

With 12 picks in the draft, and several key free agent signings in the books already, the Giants are likely to cash in on the vast defensive talent in the upcoming NFL Draft.