Mike Garafolo reports that the Giants’ coaches and staffers had their final game-planning discussions today and have ultimately decided to start Eli Manning at quarterback for Week 14’s game against the Cowboys.
It’s clear that Giants’ ownership is pinning the decision to bench Manning on HC Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, who have both been relieved of their duties Monday.
Giants owner John Mara admitted that he was surprised by the response they received after they benched Manning last week in order to take a look at their young quarterbacks and it appears as though the reaction was strong enough for them serious rethink the decision.
Mara didn’t rule out Manning continuing his career in New York, but with a complete overhaul coming, it would likely be a mistake for either party to commit to anything at this point in time.
Manning, 36, 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 currently in the third 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 2017, Manning has appeared in 11 games for the Giants and thrown for 2,411 yards while completing 62.5 percent of his passes to go along with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 18 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Manning’s future with the Giants as the news is available.