You won’t believe where Vegas thinks Eli Manning will play in 2018
The drama surrounding Eli Manning and the New York Giants was the talk of the NFL during the last month of the season.
When Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese were still in charge it appeared like a forgone conclusion that Manning had played his last game as a member of the Giants. But now that McAdoo and Reese have been fired and Manning has reclaimed his starting job, the two-time Super Bowl MVP may have a future in New York, after all – especially with new GM Dave Gettleman giving him a vote of confidence on Friday.
The oddsmakers in Las Vegas recently released their odds on where they see Manning playing in 2017, and there were a few surprises.
For example, despite his insistence that he plans to play in 2018, the oddsmakers put retirement as one of the biggest favorites (+300, meaning one would win $300 on a $100 bet).
With that being said, here is a look at the four most likely landing spots for Manning, according to the Vegas oddsmakers.
Odds courtesy of MyBookie.ag.
Denver Broncos (+500)
From a purely football perspective, this scenario makes perfect sense. Denver still has one of the most talented defenses in the league and their biggest need on the offensive side of the ball is at quarterback. The Broncos would still need to upgrade their offensive line for this to work, though.
What would make this even more interesting is the fact that Eli’s brother, Peyton, finished his career in Denver, leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl title in 2015.
New York Giants (+450)
With McAdoo and Reese out, Manning returning to the Giants and finishing his career in New York is a very real possibility. He has reclaimed his starting job, and with a strong finish to the season can solidify his standing with the franchise for the foreseeable future.
Cleveland Browns (+400)
The Browns being this high on this list is nothing short of a shocker. Manning currently has a no-trade clause in his contract, and it’s hard to see him agreeing to a trade that would send him to Cleveland. Likewise, it’s hard to see the Browns, winless through 12 games, having any chance at landing Manning if the Giants choose to release him.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+300)
The Jaguars being the current favorites among all teams to land Manning in 2018 also makes plenty of sense. They still have a need at quarterback (Blake Bortles simply isn’t the answer); they have arguably the best young defense in the league; they have a strong rushing attack that’s paced by rookie sensation Leonard Fournette; and they have a solid group of wide receivers (Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Dede Westbrook, and Allen Robinson) already in place.
To top it all off, Tom Coughlin, Manning’s longtime coach in New York, is Jacksonville’s executive vice president of football operations.