The New York Giants have yet to make an official decision on the status of quarterback Eli Manning, but by all accounts, he is poised to return in 2019 and start come Week 1. And as of now, that’s exactly what he expects.

Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports that while the Giants have not yet made a public declaration regarding Manning, the overriding belief and feeling is that he showed enough during the second half of last season to warrant a spot under center for at least one more year.

All indications are it’s heading in that direction. Manning has been in the building working out since season’s end. Surely there has been some communication with Gettleman, and several people close to the quarterback have received no indication Manning’s time with the Giants is about to end.

The Giants are scouring the draft for his eventual successor, but the belief in league circles is that they saw enough in the second half of this past season to roll it back one more time.

Manning is owed a $5 million roster bonus on March 17, the fifth day of the new league year, which will officially put to rest any speculation of his potential departure. And by all accounts, that day will come and go without much fanfare.

The only remaining question regarding Manning is whether or not the team will extend his contract, ask him to take a pay cut or allow the final year of his contract to play out.