Francesa: Giants Should Not Subject Eli Manning To A QB Competition In 2019

Mike Francesa
December 17, 2018 - 4:22 pm

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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- All eyes will be on the Giants' front office in the coming weeks or months as Eli Manning's future with the franchise is decided. But the one thing the Giants should not do is ask the two-time Super Bowl MVP to compete for a starting job next summer, WFAN's Mike Francesa said on his show Monday.

"With an Eli Manning, someone who has had his career here, I think that is a mistake of the highest order," Francesa said. "That will not work out well. Do not create that kind of situation where you're going to battle it out. ... That will be such a nightmare.

"When a guy's got a legacy here like Eli has, you cannot do that. I think that's where you cannot play that game. I think handling him is different than handling just anybody. So I think you have to make a decision if you're the Giants."

If the Giants move on from Manning, they could try to land their next franchise quarterback in the draft or take their chances on a free agent such as Teddy Bridgewater or Nick Foles. If they do take a QB high in the draft, they should start him right away, Francesa said.

Francesa added that the Giants should make a decision on whether Manning will return by the end of this season. He said he believes the soon-to-be 38-year-old QB can still play in the NFL; he just needs better protection.

To listen to Francesa's opening monologue Monday, click on the audio player above.