Eli Manning has turned 36 this month and the New York Giants is about to initiate a search to find his successor. Jerry Reese, the general manager of the Giants has confirmed that the management is already looking for the next quarterback. The statement came within a day after the Giants suffered a 38-13 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in their last game of the season on Sunday. Manning still has three seasons in his contract, but the management may consider ending the deal after next season if seems necessary.
Although the official announcement came right after the Sunday loss, this has nothing to do with how the 36-year old quarterback played in that match. It is simply the life cycle of a footballer that is being taken under consideration.
However, any immediate change is unlikely according to some analysts as Manning is still a capable quarterback who has a lot to deliver for the Giants. He has successfully completed 13 seasons winning two Super Bowl. Manning ended this season with 16 interceptions and 26 touchdowns. He successfully completed 63% of the passes and threw for more than four thousand yards. Although Manning had his ups and downs during the season and the Giants failed to work as a formidable offense unit, they can still rely on the seasoned quarterback for some time.
Currently the Giants have no contracts with any other quarterback for the upcoming season. Josh Johnson as well as Ryan Nassib is playing as free agents. Nassib had to go through an elbow surgery on December and had a poor season. The team management is likely to search for a suitable quarterback from the college level this fall.
Todd McShay from ESPN didn’t have any quarterback in his recent list of top 32 players while Mel Kiper’s list has Mitch Trubisky from UNC as the single quarterback in his list of top 25 players.
DeShone Kizer from Notre Dame, Luke Falk from Washington State and Deshaun Watson from Clemson are some of the names that are seriously being considered to fill Manning’s shoes when time comes.
The biggest advantage for the Giants is that they do not have to worry about finding a QB by this year with Johnson performing well in the last season and is likely to return as a backup. In an interview, Johnson confirmed that he is quite interested to play for the Giants for another year. And above all, Manning is still considered as a high profile quarterback for the Giants who can deliver when needed. But considering the long term scenario, initiating a search for his replacement makes complete sense.