Eli Manning: While Retirement plans aren’t in the future, the Giants should not be
I feel like a broken record, but the 2017 season has been a disgrace for the New York Giants. In a turmoil season, the New York Giants made a surprising move. No, they didn’t fire anyone (yet). However, they decided to bench their future Hall of Fame Quarterback Eli Manning for this Sundays game. By making this move, Eli Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive start streak is now over.
While the announcement wasn’t easy, it became worse. Giants Head coach Ben McAdoo would announce that Geno Smith will be starting. As the news started to roll in, Eli Manning was given a chance to start. The only downside was that he wouldn’t finish the game. He didn’t want to tarnish the streak and chose not to. While the move has gotten a ton of backlash, there was one interesting thing to come out. According to the NFL rumor mill, there is no plans for Eli Manning to retire from the NFL. Personally, I don’t see him retiring right away. While he is getting old, he still has a few good years left in him.
While he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon, he should ask for his release or demand a trade from the Giants. I am aware that their would be only a few teams to take on his contract and it would be dead money. However, I think he would be a fool to want to play for the Giants in 2018. Why would he want to play for a team that basically turned there back on him. I am not saying that he doesn’t take a bit of the blame for what happened, but you can not blame him for the dumpster fire that has become the New York Giants.
The vibe I got from listening to Ben McAdoo’s press conference on this move was that it was a desperate move. Eli Manning has been a team member since he came to the Giants in 2004. Over the 13 years, you have never heard him say anything bad about a teammate. I will never understand why the Giants made this move, but they did dirty to someone who helped the Giants greatly.[JonTwitter]