New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is reluctant to make any promises given how quickly things can change, but if all the pieces fall together in the right order, the team will “probably” take a shot at finding Eli Manning’s heir this year.

That was about as definitive as Gettleman was willing to get on Monday while speaking with WFAN’s Mike Francesa, indicating that the team’s search for a young quarterback will most like focus on the 2019 NFL Draft as opposed to free agency or the trade market.

“If everything works out, probably,” Gettleman said of drafting a quarterback.

Gettleman has previously stated his dream would be to eventually leave the Giants with a franchise quarterback in place similar to Eli Manning, and that he’d “be a clown” if he didn’t recognize new blood was needed at the position. However, there’s also a general ambiguity when it comes to how that plan will be carried out.

“Obviously, the ideal situation is you bring in a young kid and let him learn from the old pro,” Gettleman said. “The worst thing you can do is force something. Do I feel forced to do something now? No. Would I like to? Probably, but I have to believe it’s the right guy to be the QB for this iconic franchise.”

So “probably” is really just a “maybe” that hinges upon further scouting and a draft board that could very well be defense-heavy. And if it is, then what?

Just trust the process, Gettleman insists.

“Really and truly, very honestly, it’s not my responsibility to tell you guys what I’m doing. Just like it’s not my responsibility to respond to every rumor that comes down the pike. That’s not my job. It’s not my responsibility,” Gettleman said. “Trust me, we’ve got a plan. Over time, you’ve got to be patient. Everybody wants answers now in this instant-gratification society, instant-gratification world, and everybody wants answers now. Over time, you’ll see it. You’ve got to trust it.”