Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been named the starter for Week 3 in Tampa, meaning the Eli Manning Era is officially over in New York. So what's next?
Manning's days with the Giants may be done under center, but that doesn't mean he can't find playing time elsewhere. There are a few quarterback-needy teams out there that could look to add the veteran signal caller.
Now Manning does have the ball in his court with a no-trade clause, so the Giants can't simply get rid of him. Nor would they considering what he has meant to the franchise for the past 16 years.
Manning has only known the Giants in his NFL career, and many -- including SNY's Ralph Vacchiano -- don't get the sense right now that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to join a different team at the moment.
However, Manning may not want to simply act as Jones' mentor, while he sits with an earpiece on the sideline for the rest of the season. So he may want to seek another opportunity if the right one presents itself.
If that's the case, here are a few of those options for a potential next chapter in Manning's career...
With Tom Coughlin in the front office, this option has been brought up for a couple years now with Blake Bortles under center. That changed this offseason, though, when Nick Foles signed a massive deal to be the team's next franchise quarterback.
But that changed quickly when he broke his collarbone, and will be out for a majority of the season. Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round pick out of Washington State this year, is their starter now. And though he was decent in his first start against Houston this week (23-for-33, 213 yards, one touchdown), Jacksonville could be looking for someone more experienced before Foles returns.
If Coughlin comes calling, Manning would definitely want to hear him out.
Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury, and Mason Rudolph -- their third-rounder a season ago -- will need to take over. But the Steelers are already hunting for more quarterback depth, and they have a new practice squad member in QB Paxton Lynch after his workout with the team today.
If that's not enough, why not add Manning to the list?
The Steelers have the offensive weapons on the outside in Juju Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncfrief, James Washington, and even Vance McDonald at tight end. In the backfield, James Connor has been a solid option in the passing game, too.
Unlike the Jags, Roethlisberger won't be returning at all, so Manning would be able to ride out the season as QB1. If the Steelers want that to happen, of course.
Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL to the bewilderment of everyone, and Jacoby Brissett has taken over for the Colts. He has been great in his first two games, throwing for 336 total yards with five touchdowns to one interceptions, and looks to be in sync with the offense.
Brian Hoyer backs up Brissett, though, so what happens if he goes down to injury? The Colts could want to secure themselves better at the position and could reach out to the Giants for Manning.
But Manning most likely wouldn't be willing to waive that no-trade clause to start another backup role elsewhere. Still, it's an option to look at if Brissett starts to falter or has to miss time down the road.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston hasn't been good for the Bucs, and his leash was already running thin last season. In Week 1, Winston threw three interceptions while going 20-for-36 with 194 yards and a touchdown as well. This past week against the Panthers, the Bucs may have gotten a win, but Winston was underwhelming with a 16-for-24 line for 208 yards and a touchdown.
With Bruce Arians taking over down in Tampa, he may want a quarterback change. Manning could certainly be an option there for the rest of the season, and then they could look to the draft for a rookie quarterback when the offseason rolls around.