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Giants reportedly want Eli Manning back to groom successor

Eli Manning may live to see another season as Giants quarterback. 

Per Paul Schwartz of The Post, the Giants appear to moving toward a scenario where Manning is the quarterback in 2019 while his heir apparent acts as an understudy before taking the reins in 2020. 

It would be akin to the Kansas City Chiefs, which had Patrick Mahomes slated behind starter Alex Smith in 2017 before Mahomes took over this past season. 

Earlier this week, Manning’s agent said that the 38-year-old would love to come back, but “it’s too early to tell.”

According to the report, the Giants would need Manning, to embrace the newcomer and while no details of his “brutally honest” conversation with GM Dave Gettleman at the end of the season have been revealed, there is no indication that Manning would dispute the plan.

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is considered by many to be the top quarterback in the draft and would be the most likely candidate for the Giants to pursue, but there is still a long evaluation process to undergo before determining if Haskins is worth the No. 6 pick in the draft in April.

It also remains unclear if the Giants are willing to trade up in the draft. They will not, however, overreach for a quarterback and could determine another quarterback, such as Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Will Grier, Jarrett Stidham or Ryan Finley, would be a worthwhile investment in the second round. 

Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray does not appear to be rated high on the Giants’ draft board at this juncture due to his size, per Schwartz. 

Manning also comes with a $23.2 million cap hit next season, per, but it is not known whether or not the quarterback will take a pay cut. The Giants will not make a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum, though. 

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