Any remaining chance the New York Giants would cut quarterback Eli Manning or force him into retirement is no more.
At 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday evening, Manning’s roster deadline (and subsequently his bonus deadline) came and went without any changes of fanfare. Accordingly, on the official fifth day of the new league year, the Giants paid Manning a $5 million roster bonus and essentially cemented him in as the team’s starter in 2019.
If anything were to change in the coming days or months, the Giants would not only lose the roster bonus, but owe a substantial amount in dead cap.
With the Giants having the sixth overall pick, plus the team’s decision to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns this past week, some had thought New York would choose to part ways with Manning as part of a roster re-build and maybe go with another quarterback for the future.
But the team is deciding not to part ways with their two-time Super Bowl MVP winning quarterback just yet.
Even if the Giants do decide to add another quarterback in this offseason, it all but guaranteed they’ll be riding the pine behind Manning for 16 games (or more).