Eli Manning is a free agent.
Will he return to the Giants?
Will he be re-signed?
Is the Giants in a position to keep their best player?
That’s what we’ll find out Monday in a big Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.1:50 ET, NFL NetworkEli Manning: ‘I’ve never had a better quarterback’The former New York Giants quarterback, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in a three-team deal on March 9, said Monday he’s excited to get back to the field, though he won’t be making the jump to the pros.
“I’ve played a little bit of football.
I’ve played on the gridiron and I’ve been in a lot of games,” Manning said in a phone interview.
“I’ve just got to get myself ready for the next challenge.”
In two NFL seasons, Manning has amassed 2,844 yards passing, 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
He’s the first quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season since the Bears’ Matt Hasselbeck in 2000.
“There’s no question in my mind that I have the potential to do well for a long time,” Manning told the New York Post in January.
“There’s definitely a little more work to do.”
Manning said he’s focused on preparing for the Saints and that he’s “not focused on the competition right now.”
He said he expects to play Sunday.
“It’s definitely going to be tough for me.
I know that,” he said.
“It’s going to take a lot out of me.”
Asked what it was like to be the first man drafted in the history of the league, Manning responded, “It doesn’t matter.”
“I have a little chip on my shoulder,” Manning added.
“So I’m ready to compete.
I’m confident in my abilities and I’m excited to play.”
Manning is now 28 years old and has won a Super Bowl twice, including the last one in 2011.
He will be the third quarterback to win a Super-Bowl, joining Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger.
But Manning’s status in the franchise’s long-term plans is unclear.
He has said he’d like to stay with the team through the 2020 season and that the team should “look to extend him through the 2019 season.”
Manuel’s contract was restructured last season, but the Giants are unlikely to extend it.
They’ll have to use the franchise tag on Manning, who turns 28 in October.
They can’t release him until after the 2020 campaign, but that could be done if they feel he has a future with the organization.
The Giants are not expected to re-sign him.
He was scheduled to make $3.25 million in 2018 and 2019, and he has played only two games this season.
He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November.
The Giants will have a decision on Manning’s future in place in the next 48 hours, according to a source.