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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Report: Giants not inclined to trade Eli Manning at deadline

Eli Manning

Eli Manning can ultimately decide whether or not he wants to finish his career with the New York Giants, as the veteran quarterback has a full no-trade clause in his contract. With rookie Daniel Jones now entrenched as the starting quarterback, there has been talk that the Giants could look to trade Manning if he’s open to it. However, there may be mutual interest in the two-time Super Bowl champion staying right where he is.

The Giants would almost certainly listen if a team called with interest in Manning, but SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported this week that they like having him around and “don’t appear inclined to trade him.” New York’s brass sees a benefit to having Manning on the roster as a tutor for Jones, and they also consider him an insurance policy should they remain within striking distance of the playoffs and Jones gets injured or struggles mightily.

With the Dallas Cowboys having lost three straight games and the Philadelphia Eagles looking inconsistent at best, the Giants are actually just one game out of first in the NFC East. Their chances of making a playoff push are still slim, but the division does not look nearly as strong entering Week 7 as it did prior to the season.

Again, Manning may not want to go anywhere. He has spent his entire career with the Giants and has four children under the age of 8 living in the New York area, so he may be content to help out the team in more of a coaching and mentoring role before calling it a career. Manning is also in a favorable financial situation this season given his age and recent production, which is why it would be a surprise if he wanted to start fresh somewhere at this stage.

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