The New York Giants are in the market for a new general manager and a new head coach. As they begin to interviews for both positions in the coming days and weeks, one of the first issues that potential candidates will likely be asked to address is how they plan to handle veteran quarterback Eli Manning.
On Wednesday, co-owner John Mara made it clear that his preference would be for Manning to return to the Giants in 2018.
“Yes,” Mara said directly when asked if he wants Manning back in 2018 (via Bob Glauber of Newsday), “but that’s a discussion that we’ll have [with potential general manager candidates].”
Manning has made it clear that he intends to play in 2017, and his preference would be to finish his career with the Giants. Only time will tell if that will happen, though.
“I’ve had some discussions with him [Manning], but I’d rather keep that between him and me,” Mara said.
Manning had his streak of 210 consecutive starts snapped in Week 13 when former head coach Ben McAdoo and former general manager Jerry Reese replaced the two-time Super Bowl MVP with Geno Smith.
McAdoo and Reese had approached Manning about starting the game and then letting Smith take over in the second half, but the 36-year-old quarterback wasn’t fond of that idea.
With Smith under center, the Giants lost to the Raiders 24-17.
Manning reclaimed his starting job in Week 14 after McAdoo and Reese were fired.