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Eli Manning fully expects Giants to find his heir in 2019 NFL Draft

Giants Wire logo Giants Wire 5 days ago John Fennelly
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Eli Manning has been the starting quarterback of the New York Giants for the past 14 and a half seasons. He embarks on his 16th season still perched atop the team's depth chart although he knows that a changing of the guard is imminent.

"I figure the Giants will get a young quarterback. I understand that," Manning told reporters on Monday. "I'll do my job and my part. My job, as I see it, is to go out there and win football games."

Manning, speaking to the media at the first day of the Giants' offseason workout program, knew "very quickly" asset rats season that he wanted to return for the final year of his contract.

The 38 year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP also told reporters that he would be announcing any kind of farewell tour when he decided to hang up his cleats, that he would be going out "the traditional way."

Manning apparently had a sit-down with head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, who told him that he was still in their plans which makes sense as Eli was permitted to collect a $5 million roster bonus in mid-March.

The Giants hold the 6th, 17th and 37th overall selections in the upcoming NFL Draft and have been doing their due diligence on all of the quarterbacks who will be available next week. Manning's willingness to "do his part" to hand over the reins to his successor is an attestation of his character.

Who that player will be is still unknown. The Giants have shown interest in all of the top collegiate signal callers this offseason: Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), Drew Lock (Missouri), Kyler Murray (Oklahoma), Will Grier (West Virginia) and Daniel Jones (Duke).

Manning chose his words guardedly, not to go as far as to say that he was assured of the starting role for the long-term.

One thing is for certain: circumstance won't change Manning's approach. He's headed into 2019 just as he would any other season. If things change later, he'll adjust.


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