Turning the Page on Eli Manning

The New York Giants QB of the Future 

by Shane Sharkey

Eli Manning has played much better since the bye week.  You could say since Jamon Brown made a trip over from the left coast things in the Big Apple have gotten much better for one Eli Manning.

No one knows what the future holds for No. 10 but his 20MM owed ranks him #13th in the NFL for 2019.   Knowing he can help Lauletta or an incoming drafted QB, is it worth finding a way to let him play out his contract?  Some days I just don’t care.

Maybe collect some picks and make a deal to move up and get Herbert.   You remember…the famous fleecing for Ricky Williams or Hershel Walker.   Maybe the Giants should take the gamble and draft Haskins with his 3 months of college starting experience.  Especially knowing how many great QB’s Urban Meyer has turned out. Just because Akili Smith and Mark Sanchez didn’t have success doesn’t mean he won’t.   Just look at how effective Trubisky (1-year college starter) is ranking.  He live at the bottom half of every NFL QB stat available.

Over 90% of today’s NFL QB started a minimum of two years in college.   The system trains these quarterbacks earlier and earlier, yet the NFL is still starving to find 32 superstars and 32 quality backs ups.   You want your NFL franchise to draft a QB that has a few years of maturity and experience under his belt.   It just makes sense before turning over your franchise.  The NFL doesn’t groom QB as they once did.  The expectations are higher than ever with much less grooming.

Draft Class:

Every year someone hates or loves the incoming draft class.  The 2004 QB class most likely will all get busts in Canton.  So maybe Manning playing out his contract before the Dark Ages begins again might not be so bad.    The expectations would be very modest.

Let stop the Teddy Bridgewater campaign.   The poor guy ripped up that knee pretty good, sustaining a fractured kneecap, nerve damage and a torn ACL.   He hasn’t had real game action in two seasons.    Sadly, he is not the answer for Beckham or Barkley.   NFL superstars don’t want to rebuild and the Giants haven’t been good since 2012.   Dave Gettleman will have to pull off some magic that the rest of us…just don’t see at this time.

The Dark Ages:

One thing I know, the QB conundrum sometimes takes years to figure out.   Just looked at the Kent Graham, Dave Brown, and the Danny Kanell years.  Barkley and Beckham deserve the best.  Gettleman you’re up.

2019 Quarterback Average Rankings

PLAYER
AVERAGE
1

Aaron Rodgers

QUARTERBACK

$33,500,000
2

Matt Ryan

QUARTERBACK

$30,000,000
3

Kirk Cousins

QUARTERBACK

$28,000,000
4

Jimmy Garoppolo

QUARTERBACK

$27,500,000
5

Matthew Stafford

QUARTERBACK

$27,000,000
6

Derek Carr

QUARTERBACK

$25,000,000

Drew Brees

QUARTERBACK

$25,000,000
8

Andrew Luck

QUARTERBACK

$24,594,000
9

Alex Smith

QUARTERBACK

$23,500,000
10

Joe Flacco

QUARTERBACK

$22,133,333
11

Russell Wilson

QUARTERBACK

$21,900,000
12

Ben Roethlisberger

QUARTERBACK

$21,850,000
13

Eli Manning

QUARTERBACK

$21,000,000
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