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Report: Giants Likely To Bring In New Quarterback For 2019

October 22, 2018 - 12:57 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Giants are reportedly preparing to shake up their quarterback position for next season, a sign that two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning's days in New York could be numbered.

According to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the team's recent discussions, the Giants will probably acquire another quarterback next year through the draft or in free agency.

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How the 37-year-old Manning plays over the Giants' final 10 games this season could determine his fate, the report said.

For the second straight season, the Giants are 1-5 after six games. On the surface, Manning's stats look strong. His 68.7 completion percentage is a career best, and his 277 passing yards per game are the most he's thrown for in seven years. But the Giants are ranked just 27th in scoring offense at 19.5 points per game.

Manning, meanwhile, has faced increasing criticism for not throwing the ball downfield enough, including in a recent interview with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And a CBS Sports report earlier this month said Giants players have grown exceedingly frustrated with the offense's limitations with Manning under center. 

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The Giants' starting QB since 2004, Manning has one more year left on his contract. He is scheduled to earn $23.2 million next season. New York could save $17 million toward the salary cap by releasing him.

The Giants, who finished 3-13 in 2017, passed on drafting a quarterback with the second overall pick in this year's draft, when USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen were available. They instead selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Despite that Barkley's career is off to an impressive start, that decision could end up being viewed as a major blunder by the Giants if they struggle in the coming years. Franchise quarterbacks aren't easy to come by, and some organizations spend years, even decades, trying to acquire one -- just ask the Jets.

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According to the Times, the Giants' talent evaluators unanimously ranked Barkley as the top player in the draft, and the organization also believed Manning could still contribute capably this season. No one in the organization's hierarchy demanded that Manning remain the quarterback entering this season, the report said.

The top quarterbacks expected to be available in next year's draft include Oregon's Justin Herbert, West Virginia's Will Grier, Duke's Daniel Jones and Missouri's Drew Lock.

The top QBs set to hit free agency are Cleveland's Tyrod Taylor and New Orleans' Teddy Bridgewater.