When considering the timeline of New York Giants‘ Eli Manning’s career, one must realize that his prime years could very well be behind him. Despite his rising age, reports have stated Manning still maintains a strong arm. Head coach Pat Shurmur believes Eli is the most in-shape 37 year old he’s ever seen. While Manning would disagree, most would take the side of Shurmur.
The Giants’ long-time franchise quarterback will have a deciding year in 2018; if he fails to perform, he might hit the free agency market in favor of sophomore signal caller Davis Webb. On the other hand, general manager Dave Gettleman has done everything in his power to prolong the shelf life of Manning. He has supplied him with various tools to take on the season ahead.
What did Gettleman provide to the Giants’ offense?
In the 2018 NFL draft, the Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley and offensive lineman Will Hernandez. Both provide immediate support to Manning, who was left to fend for himself with a battered offensive line and a slew of formerly unknown receivers. In the months ahead, he will work with a rejuvenated offensive line consisting of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Hernandez, either Jon Halapio or Brett Jones at center, right guard Patrick Omameh, and right tackle Ereck Flowers (most likely).
If the Giants’ QB cannot manage to utilize his weapons, there will be consequences, and it might come down to cutting him to save even a bit of cap space.
Let’s check out the numbers:
If the Giants were to cut Manning after the 2018 season, they would save approximately $17 million in cap space. In fact, it’s even possible they let him walk after this coming year. They would ultimately deliver the offense to Webb on a golden platter. It’s unlikely if Eli performs, but I wouldn’t entirely rule out the idea. It would allow Gettleman to go out and invest in a a top-tier safety, offensive lineman, and/or resign Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins.
Locking up the two star players must be a priority and the $17 million would do just the trick. Something to consider after this season, after we get a glimpse of Webb in the pre-season.