After seeing Joe Flacco dealt from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos, the question can be raised about the New York Giants trading Eli Manning.
This could be an offseason of musical chairs at the quarterback position with several teams looking to make a move away from their previous starter. The Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars all seemed ready to make a change, and the New York Giants could be thrown in there as well.
As for the actual moves, the first took place on Wednesday as reports surfaced that the Ravens were sending Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos for what is expected to be a mid-round pick. It wasn’t shocking as the writing was on the wall as soon as Flacco lost his starting job to rookie Lamar Jackson last season. And as far as writing on the wall goes, there seems to have been plenty of that with Eli Manning and the previously mentioned Giants.
Manning has been rumored to be on the outs for the past two seasons and was even benched in 2017 for Geno Smith at one point. Unlike with the Ravens, the Giants don’t have a new starter at this point, but that could change soon (possibly in the draft), which begs the question of whether Manning will be the next quarterback domino to fall this offseason.
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New York is being predicted as a landing spot for Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and if they do go that route, there’s really no reason to keep Manning around. The trend lately has been to go with youth at the position, and there’s no reason to change that now — not even with a player like Manning who has two Super Bowl rings. Heck, a Super Bowl win didn’t save Flacco either.
With all that being said, there’s a good chance the Giants could move on from the veteran who has a record of 8-23 over the past two seasons as a starter. As for potential fits, the best seems to be the Jacksonville Jaguars where he could be reunited with Ton Coughlin who serves as executive vice president there.
Manning and Coughlin had success together as both Super Bowl wins for the quarterback came with Coughlin as the head coach. As for Manning’s fit with the team, he would be a more trusted player than Blake Bortles, who all but played himself out of a job in 2018.
There are no guarantees anything will happen, but after Joe Flacco was moved there could start to be more talks about Manning’s availability and it would be less than shocking to see him also change addresses.