Giants Benching Eli Manning This Season Considered Inevitable As Frustration Mounts

Citing multiple sources, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Giants players have grown “exceedingly frustrated” with the limitations of their offense and QB Eli Manning.

According to La Canfora, the players believe Manning is no longer able to throw the ball downfield and are skeptical of his ability to turn things around at this point in his career.

La Canfora says that the team’s decision to pass on quarterbacks in this year’s draft along with ownership’s loyalty to Manning have created an unhealthy dynamic.

Let’s just say a quarterback change wouldn’t be unwelcome,” a source who has discussed the matter privately with several Giants players tells La Canfora.

La Canfora adds that the Giants could end up turning to rookie QB Kyle Lauletta at some point, as it would make sense to at least see what they have in him unlikely how they handled the Davis Webb situation.

In the event the Giants consider parting ways with Manning next year, La Canfora points out that he’s scheduled to make $17 million in 2019, but none of this is guaranteed and they would incur $6.2 million by releasing him next year while picking up $17 million of cap room. With this in mind, La Canfora says it’s “difficult to imagine any scenario where he is back in New York next season at this point.

Manning, 37, is a former first-round pick of the Chargers back in 2004. He was traded to the Giants during the draft and has spent all 14 years of his career in New York.

Manning is in the fourth year of his five-year, $101.5 million contract that included $65 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $10.5 million and $11.5 million over the final two years of the agreement.

In 2018, Manning has appeared in six games for the Giants and thrown for 1,662 yards while completing 68.7 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

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