Report: Eli Manning Plans To Look For Starting Job In 2020

Will A Team Take Shot On Soon-To-Be 39-Year-Old QB?

Ryan Chatelain
December 09, 2019 - 11:46 am

Eli Manning is reportedly holding out hope that he can re-emerge as a starting quarterback in the NFL in 2020.

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According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, people close to the Giants quarterback say his competitive juices are still flowing and he'd rather not retire after this season.

Manning, who will turn 39 next month, was replaced by rookie Daniel Jones as Big Blue's starting QB after Week 2, although the two-time Super Bowl MVP will be back in the lineup Monday night while Jones nurses a high-ankle sprain.

Manning, who will be a free agent after the season, is resigned to the fact that his days as the Giants' starter are over, ESPN reported. But he will be looking for a starting job elsewhere -- or at least a legitimate chance to compete for one. That makes his performance while Jones -- who is reportedly expected to miss two to four weeks -- is sidelined all the more important. 

Eli Manning of the New York Giants in action against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 15, 2019, at MetLife Stadium.
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The most likely scenario for Manning to start would be for a playoff-contending team with a hole at QB, perhaps the Bears or Titans. But he could face competition on the open market from other borderline starters such Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota and potentially Philip Rivers. 

If Manning isn't offered a starting job or a chance to compete for one, then he'd likely choose to retire over taking accepting a strictly backup role. 

In his two starts earlier this season -- both losses -- Manning completed 56 of 89 passes (62.9%) for 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Last season, he passed for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing a career-high 66% of his attempts.