On Tuesday, New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo benched two time Super Bowl champion and the Giants aging franchise quarterback Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. This move received nothing but negative feedback from the NFL world. Even the voice of New York fan Mike Francesa woke up from his usual on-air nap to call the move by the Giants “gutless.” Francesa went on to call for Giants ownership to release Eli Manning after treating him this way.
So where would the road lead for Eli if the Giants did release him? Here are a few possible landing spots for Eli Manning:
With the relationship between the Redskins front office and quarterback Kirk Cousins already scorned. It seems like a real possibility the 29-year-old could be marching out of D.C. What if the Redskins brought in Eli Manning as a stopgap quarterback. A veteran to teach whomever the Redskins draft this offseason? Manning has already proven he will be a great mentor as a day after he was benched by the Giants (ending his consecutive start streak of over 200-games). He was the first one in the cafeteria the next morning sitting down with rookie quarterback Davis Webb trying to get him prepared for his first regular-season NFL action as Webb and Smith are set to see time Sunday vs the Raiders.
The Redskins could do a lot worse than a year or two of Eli Manning after losing Kirk Cousins due to their own incompetence. The Redskins are no stranger to signing former-NFC-east-foes. Most recently bringing in DeSean Jackson after the Eagles parted ways with the speedy wideout.
Yes, the Jaguars are a legitimate playoff team this year. With a rock solid running game led by rookie Leonard Fournette, and a star-studded defense that has the swagger and ability to care a team (as we have seen this year) all the talk around Jacksonville has been “How much better would this team be if they had a quarterback?” Despite losing his entire wide receiving corp, having the worst offensive line in football, and not even a threat of a running game. Eli Manning still has a better completion percentage, more touchdowns, fewer interceptions, and more yards than Blake Bortles. There is obviously the connection between Manning and his former-coach-now-Jaguars-VP-of-football-operations Tom Coughlin. That makes this an even more realistic landing spot for Manning.
After Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset after winning Super Bowl 50 for the Broncos. The mile high city has been searching high-and-low for a new signal-caller. They have cycled through first round pick Paxton Lynch, seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian, and Brock Osweiler. Finding no success at the quarterback position. That orange crush defense is still kicking, but for how long? The window of opportunity could be shutting on Denver. Broncos GM John Elway with this current group may only have one more run at this thing. Why not see if Peyton’s little brother can bring you the same success?
Eli Manning is a fan favorite. He will always hold a special place in the heart of Giants fans after knocking off Tom Brady and the larger-than-life-Patriots twice on the biggest stage in football. However, with a cuttable contract, and the debacle that this benching has turned into. His days in New York are likely numbered. The future Hall of Famer will have plenty of suitors at his door if he hits the open market.