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Gettleman: Giants Won't Trade Odell Beckham Jr., But Eli Manning's Future Still Uncertain

January 02, 2019 - 12:45 pm
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By WFAN.com

There is uncertainty abound for the New York Giants as they enter the offseason and the new year.

The 2018 campaign was marked by disappointment, promise, and ultimately a 5-11 record. There will be changes before next season, but it’s still unclear exactly where they will happen.

Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman spoke to reporters on Wednesday and addressed some of those possible changes. He was asked about the futures of both Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

While he wouldn’t commit to saying too much about Manning’s situation, Gettleman told the press that the team would not be trading Beckham.

“We didn’t sign him to trade him,” Gettleman said.

When a follow-up question asked if that meant Beckham would be with the team in 2019, the GM re-affirmed his commitment: "You heard what I said.”

There was some speculation that the Giants could trade their star wideout after the season, but that appears to only have been speculation. Beckham managed 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns during a campaign in which he was limited by a quad injury that caused him to miss New York's last four games.

Beckham needs someone to throw him the ball next year, but Gettleman wouldn’t commit to another season of Eli Manning.

“Here’s what I’m committed to do. I’m committed to making the best decision in the interest of the Giants,” said Gettleman. “We’re in the evaluation process. I know you want answers now."

The Giants executive also told reporters that he had a “no-holds barred” meeting with Manning on Monday.

Manning started every game for New York in his fifteenth year in the Big Apple. He finished the season with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as he completed a career-high 66 percent of his passes. Gettleman didn’t give up too much information about where Manning will be next year, but he assured the media that the soon-to-be 38-year-old can still play ball.

"He can still make NFL throws. He's still got it."