New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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When Eli Manning says goodbye to the Giants, he deserves a big and fond farewell. He's been the rock of the franchise for 15 seasons, led them to two wonderful, surprising and dramatic Super Bowl championships and will leave as the greatest quarterback this franchise has ever had.

But he won't get that fond farewell on Sunday in the Giants' season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, because there is still no indication that this will be his final game for the Giants at all.

That feels like old news at this point, even as some continue to insist the Giants will move on from the 37-year-old Manning this offseason. The fact remains, as several sources in the organization have told SNY, that no decision on Manning's future has been made and that it's still more likely than not that he'll be their starting quarterback again in 2019. They have not identified his successor yet, nor is there a succession plan in place.

That's why there'll be no celebration or indication of any kind on Sunday that Manning could be playing his final game at MetLife Stadium. There'll be no talk of a finale, no video tribute, no acknowledgement of any kind from anyone in the organization. It will be business as usual, with Manning starting and possibly finishing as the Giants try to beat their playoff-bound rivals in this meaningless game.

And after the game, you can bet that everyone - even Manning - will talk about the second half of the Giants season and how that's an indication of a brighter future in 2019.

They've already been talking about that, and dropping hints that Manning will be back. Pat Shurmur recently echoed his preseason pronouncements that his quarterback still has "years" remaining in his career. And the Giants seemed to glow about Manning's performance on Sunday in their 28-27 loss in Indianapolis, when he completed 25 of 33 passes for 309 yards. It didn't even seem to matter that the game ended on an ill-advised interception.

To the Giants, Manning - who "did a heck of a job," according to coach Pat Shurmur -- still showed that he's got plenty left in his right arm.

"He was spot-on," receiver Sterling Shepard told reporters after the game on Sunday. "He was hitting open guys, getting the ball out quick to guys and letting them make plays. That's all you can ask for. He shows that all the time. It's nothing new."

"I think Eli's been doing some really good things," Shurmur added on Monday. "I think we as a team - and it's fair to say this about the quarterback too - we're real close. He's contributed in a really good way."

That's been the assessment of some in the Giants' organization too, especially after Manning struggled during the 1-7 start while playing under siege behind a terrible offensive line. In the second half of the season the line has improved, the Giants have gone 4-3 so far, and Manning has completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,621 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions - a healthy passer rating of 95.3.

That still doesn't guarantee Manning will be back in 2019 at age 38. The Giants need to address the fact that he has a $23.2 million salary cap number for next season in the final year of his contract, and that they could clear $17 million of that by cutting him. That likely means a restructuring and even a short-term extension.

Whatever they do, a team source said they likely won't make a final decision until several weeks after the season. Shurmur seems to like Manning and genuinely seems to want him back in 2019. There are some in the organization who think the Giants should consider moving on. A big problem is the Giants still don't know who would be Manning's replacement. There is sentiment in the organization to draft a quarterback in the first or second-round in April, but most likely that rookie would be told to sit behind Manning, possibly for the entire year.

So it's all up in the air and weeks away from being decided, even though the winds seem to be blowing Manning back to the Meadowlands for one more year. The only certainty at the moment is that he's not ready to say goodbye to the Giants and the Giants aren't ready to say goodbye to him. That makes Sunday just another game in the Manning Era.

And it's an Era that probably isn't over yet.

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Eli Manning's agent, Tom Condon, said he thinks his client will be with the Giants next season, but admitted "it's just too early" to tell.

"I think he'd love to come back," Condon said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz. "Guys love to play their whole careers with one team, if they have a good experience with that team."

The 38-year-old Manning, who has a $23.2 million cap hit in the final year of his contract in 2019, has said numerous times he would focus on the 2019 season when the time is right and admitted he wasn't sure what his role would be next season.

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Former Giants RB Tiki Barber took his talents to Broadway for the first time this weekend as he turned heads on a different stage. 

After a professional career that revolved around football, whether it was on the gridiron itself or up in the booth, Barber's newest chapter received high praise.

Barber joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots and played Don in the Broadway show. The role required the 43-year-old to flex his vocal range and hit a high note in one of the songs, according to TMZ. At the end of the show, Barber was awarded a bouquet of roses for his efforts.

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Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker is stopped from a fourth quarter touchdown by New York Giants safety Michael Thomas and cornerback B.W. Webb at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker is stopped from a fourth quarter touchdown by New York Giants safety Michael Thomas and cornerback B.W. Webb at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rams beat the Saints 26-23 in the NFC championship game, which means two things:

1. Los Angeles is going to the Super Bowl.

2. Another Giants player will make the Pro Bowl.

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NIcks and quarterback Eli Manning hug on the field after the game.  (AP)
NIcks and quarterback Eli Manning hug on the field after the game. (AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning threw the ball an absurd 58 times against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 22, 2012 as Big Blue won in overtime to reach the Super Bowl. Seven years later, it's been revealed that Manning was in danger of missing the game.

According to David Carr, who was the Giants' backup at the time, Manning had the flu all week and was unable to practice Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday as the game approached.

As Carr tells it...

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 16, 2008 file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) watches from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J.   The New York Giants released Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress on Friday, April 3, 2009, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
** FILE ** In this Nov. 16, 2008 file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) watches from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Giants released Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress on Friday, April 3, 2009, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

As was the case last offseason, speculation about what the Giants will do with their top draft pick has come down to whether or not the team chooses a quarterback or not. 

The Giants don't want to enter "Quarterback Hell," as GM Dave Gettleman put it last year, but this year's draft class isn't as quarterback-heavy as 2018. Instead, the top prospects seem to be defensive linemen and linebackers, two positions the Giants can certainly use an upgrade at. 

So what should the Giants do? Well, former wide receiver and Super Bowl winner Plaxico Burress gave his answer.

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A big fear of any NFL team, especially in the modern era, is to get stuck in what Giants GM Dave Gettleman called "Quarterback Hell." It can doom a team to mediocrity, or worse. Sometimes it can last a decade or more.

Gettleman acknowledged that one year ago, speaking to reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., about the prospect of the Giants taking a quarterback in last year's draft. He warned that if a team picks the wrong guy "and he fails, you set yourself back five years." And he described that "Hell" as having a team that has a "quality defense, they've got a good special teams, and they're going 7-9, 8-8, 9-7."

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown with running back Saquon Barkley (26) as quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks on during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown with running back Saquon Barkley (26) as quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks on during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As we enter Championship Sunday this weekend, Vegas is already looking to next season as they released their Super Bowl LIV odds.

According to BetOnline.ag, the Giants find themselves with 40/1 odds to win another Lombardi Trophy, with the Jaguars and 49ers sharing the same odds. They are right in the middle of the pack as multiple teams, including the Jets, owning 66/1 odds.

The Chiefs, who will play the Patriots this Sunday for a berth to the Super Bowl, have the best odds at 7/1. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dolphins come in last at 100/1...

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Hall of Famer Michael Strahan walks onto the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLII during the halftime ceremony. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY Sports)
Hall of Famer Michael Strahan walks onto the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLII during the halftime ceremony. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY Sports)

Legendary Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan has a plan for how New York should handle its quarterback situation:

Draft Kyler Murray but start Eli Manning.

Speaking on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday, Strahan said he thinks the Giants should draft the Heisman Trophy-winning Murray with the No. 6 pick in April but have him learn under Manning for at least the first half of the 2019 season.

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reacts during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reacts during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Mock drafts are continuing to come in with three and a half months to go before the NFL draft, and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the GIants taking a quarterback.

Kiper predicts the Giants will draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the sixth pick over Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, whom Kiper has going 13th to the Miami Dolphins.

Haskins, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, said in December "it would be pretty nice" if the Giants drafted him, and among New York's needs are to find an heir to Eli Manning.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in action against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Philadelphia won the game 41-33.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Gregory Payan/AP)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in action against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Philadelphia won the game 41-33.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Gregory Payan/AP)

If the Giants indeed move on from Eli Manning, they could turn to free agency to find their next quarterback and Nick Foles appears to be headed toward the open market. 

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made a pretty strong statement on Tuesday about where the team stands on its quarterback dilemma between sticking with 26-year-old Carson Wentz or last year's Super Bowl MVP. 

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When it comes to the Giants' options to explore adding a new quarterback next season, the NFL Draft or free agency comes to mind right away. But a trade isn't off the table, either. 

Some teams possess backup quarterbacks that could very well start for a team next season, and Colts QB Jacoby Brissett fits that bill. The 25-year-old has some intrigue in his 17 career starts with a strong arm and mobility outside the pocket.

He was first put on the map in New England, filling in for Tom Brady back in 2016. And after being traded for Phillip Dorsett to the Colts, Brissett had 15 starts last season in place of an injured Andrew Luck. He went 4-11, but was still learning the ways of the playbook and offense as each week went along. 

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America on Tuesday.

Barkley was always a top candidate for Rookie of the Year after a remarkable season with Big Blue. He broke numerous league and franchise records including most receptions by a rookie running back (91), first Giants rookie to rush for over 1,000 yards (1,307), and becoming the third rookie running back in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards.

The PFWA votes on three separate rookie awards every season -- offensive, defensive, and overall Rookie of the Year. Browns QB Baker Mayfield was named the overall Rookie of the Year, while Colts LB Darius Leonard was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year...

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

More than two months since his initial arrest, Giants' rookie backup QB Kyle Lauletta pleaded guilty Tuesday to a disorderly persons offense and two traffics tickets, according to Pat Leonard of NY Daily News.

Lauletta's day in court arrived as part of a conditional dismissal of the charges stemming from his Oct. 30 arrest on the way to Giants practice in Weehawken, N.J. The 23-year-old's original criminal charge of resisting police was dropped, along with all other charges against Lauletta -- even those he pled guilty to. The catch? Lauletta must stay out of trouble for 12 months. 

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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Draft big boards across the league could see a change with Oklahoma QB and former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announcing Monday that he is declaring.

The move is procedural and doesn't preclude Murray -- who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics -- sticking with baseball. He doesn't have to forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus with the A's yet, but if he ultimately enters the NFL, he would. The 21-year-old could very well be declaring for the draft to further his time to weigh his options. 

With Murray declaring, NFL teams will immediately add him to their list of options. And the Giants will certainly be one of those teams...

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Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Potential Giants draft target and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has until Monday to declare for the NFL draft. And the Oakland A's could put a stop to that.

The A's, who drafted Murray ninth overall last year and signed him to a $4.66 million signing bonus, are trying to convince Murray to pursue baseball over football with Monday's deadline approaching, and could offer him a contract that would put him on their MLB roster, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Murray, according to Mike Leslie of WFAA (Dallas), is seeking an MLB contract worth approximately $15 million. Oakland, according to Passan, is sending representatives, including team president Billy Beane and GM David Forst, to meet with Murray, an outfielder who hit .296/.398/.556 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2018.

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This season, the Giants' offense usually had the spotlight shining bright on them.

How could it not with the aging Eli Manning analyzed with a fine tooth comb under center, the comeback of star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and rookie RB Saquon Barkley looking to prove he was worth the No. 2 overall pick over the top quarterbacks in his draft class (he's the top Rookie of the Year candidate, so that answers that question).

But what about the Giants' defense? They had a lot of intrigue entering the season with a new, aggressive coordinator, a few new pieces, and the goal of returning to the crew that was one of the stingiest in scoring back in 2016. But that wasn't the case at all.

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New York Giants draft watch 00:01:33
The college bowl season is over and the New York Giants will begin prepping for the 2019 NFL Draft. Here are some guys they should target.

The Giants have plenty of areas to address this offseason, and with the sixth pick of the NFL Draft this spring, they are in position to select a prospect who could make an immediate impact. 

While there is still a months-long evaluation period before the draft in April there are still a handful of prospects the Giants should have an early eye on.  

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches play on the sidelines during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports Images)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches play on the sidelines during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports Images)

95 percent of defensive players in the NFL believe Colin Kaepernick should be on an NFL roster, and at least two of them think he should replace Eli Manning.

In a poll of 85 defensive players done by The Athletic, the QB most players said should be replaced by Kaepernick was Blake Bortles of the Jaguars, who received 20 percent of the vote. He was followed by Nathan Peterman, at 18 percent.

Manning was among the QBs who received "multiple votes" as the player who should be replaced by Kaepernick. Others receiving multiple votes included Josh Allen, Andy Dalton, and Josh Rosen...

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo watches warm ups before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo watches warm ups before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ben McAdoo could be returning to the sidelines next season.

The former Giants head coach will interview for a spot on Kliff Kingsbury's staff with the Arizona Cardinals, reports Jordan Raanan of ESPN

McAdoo, 41, was fired by the Giants during the 2017 season -- along with GM Jerry Reese -- after the team started off 2-10, and in the wake of the controversy surrounding Eli Manning's benching. 

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Is Nick Foles Eli's replacement? 00:01:05
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down whether Nick Foles is a plausible replacement for Eli Manning next year.

The Giants didn't commit to veteran QB Eli Manning for the 2019-20 season, which means all options will be explored this offseason. That includes free agency.

Arguably the most attractive name on a list that doesn't pop off the page is 30-year-old Nick Foles, whose contract with the Eagles expires after their postseason run. 

Could the Giants go after Foles and make him Manning's heir apparent? SNY's Ralph Vacchiano breaks down why the Giants may actually consider this option...

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Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies the 2019 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies the 2019 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

After declaring for the NFL Draft, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins played around with what jerseys he would look best in next season.

The Giants are one of them...

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence became the darling of college football with his performance in the Tigers' 44-16 national championship victory over Alabama on Monday.

The long-haired, 19-year-old freshman completed 20 of 32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and had NFL fans salivating at the thought of him playing quarterback for their team. 

Yet Lawrence is not eligible for the NFL draft until 2021, but that did not stop some fans and analysts from suggesting teams should put themselves in position to take Lawrence. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch with a chimpanzee did not go over so well with PETA. 

The Giants wide receiver posted on his Instagram story a video of himself tossing a football with a chimpanzee and trying to pry a football out of the mouth of a jungle cat on Saturday. 

The video went viral but on Tuesday PETA Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet issued a statement condemning the video. 

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Get to know Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. With Haskins declaring for the draft what should you know about the potential Giants QB?

The Giants may get their chance to draft a franchise quarterback this spring. 

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins officially declared for the NFL draft on Monday after just one season of playing at the collegiate level. 

Haskins, who set multiple program and Big Ten passing records this season and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, announced his decision with a statement on Twitter. 

 

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

We are sure Odell Beckham Jr. enjoys playing alongside the likes of Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepherd, but the Giants' WR seems to have found some new teammates this offseason.

According to Beckham Jr's instagram (@OBJ), the chimpanzee he was playiing catch with is named "Vali", while his other friend is a jungle cat who's name was not mentioned. 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveEli Manning wants to keep playing football, and he prefers to keep playing it with the Giants. He said in a radio interview on Wednesday that "it's hard to imagine" playing in another uniform.

But he knows that's happened to some of the biggest names in sports, many times before.

So what happens if things do go wrong with Manning and the Giants between now and the start of training camp in July? What if the only place for Manning to continue his NFL career does turn out to be someplace else?

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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All the speculation about Eli Manning's future is about whether the Giants want him back next season and whether they can find a better option somewhere else. But what if something else is factoring into this decision?

What if the Giants want Manning back, but with conditions the 38-year-old franchise icon won't find easy to accept?

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New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)
New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

While everyone ponders what went on in the meeting between GM Dave Gettleman and quarterback Eli Manning, former Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich offered his interpretation of how it went down.  

"He doesn't see a future for Eli," Herzlich said on CBS Sports Radio's "Taz and the Moose" show on Thursday. 

Herzlich, 31, was teammates with Manning from 2011-17 and shares the same agent with the two-time Super Bowl champion but was cut from the team prior to the start of the season. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich did not just offer his interpretation on GM Dave Gettleman's feelings on Eli Manning, he also had a lot to say about Odell Beckham Jr. 

Herzlich, a teammate of Beckham's from 2014-17, was asked on CBS Sports Radio's "Taz and The Moose" show on Thursday about the recent drama surrounding the Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown. 

The 31-year-old said he'd read that the issues with Brown and the Steelers have been going on forever and he likened the culture in Pittsburgh to that of the Giants last season -- when things spiraled out of control -- and cited Beckham's "distractions" as why things began to go south. 

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

As one would expect, Giants RB Saquon Barkley was named a nominee for the 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on Thursday. 

Now, this isn't the official AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which will be handed out during the NFL Awards on Feb. 2. The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year is voted on entirely by the fans, who will have until Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. to vote for who they believe should win. 

Barkley is a favorite to win both awards after a historic season with Big Blue. He totaled a whopping 2,028 yards from scrimmage, becoming the third player in NFL history to reach that goal. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson totaled 2,212 scrimmage yards in 1983, and Edgerrin James had 2,139 yards in 1999. 

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Get to know Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. With Haskins declaring for the draft what should you know about the potential Giants QB?

Following Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskin's performance in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, the redshirt sophomore's draft stock appears to be on the rise should he declare for the NFL Draft. 

The 21-year-old has just 14 collegiate starts under his belt but is coming off a season in which he set school and Big Ten records and may have shown just enough to catapult himself up teams' draft boards and become the first Big Ten quarterback taken in the first round since Kerry Collins in 1995.

The Giants hold the sixth overall pick of the draft and even if 38-year-old Eli Manning returns next season, they may be interested in selecting the Ohio State quarterback if he is available at their pick to succeed Manning.  

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

During his end-of-season press conference on Wednesday, Giants GM Dave Gettleman wouldn't commit to veteran QB Eli Manning starting under center in 2019, which means all options are going to be explored before making that call.

Manning isn't sure how long that decision will take.

"I don't know," he told Mike Francesa on WFAN. "I assume I'll have conversations with Mr. Gettleman going forward and seeing what's best and what we need to do."

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Takeaways from Gettleman on Eli 00:01:25
Did Giants GM Dave Gettleman tip the Giants' hand for who would start under center in 2019?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dave Gettleman did everything he could to not commit to Eli Manning as the Giants quarterback in 2019 in his press conference on Wednesday. He made it clear from the start he wasn't ready to answer that question, and he followed up by ducking every attempt.

But maybe the better way to read his answers is that he didn't decommit to Manning as the quarterback of the Giants either. In fact, he acknowledged that the soon-to-be-38-year-old "still can make the NFL throws. You know what I'm saying? He's still got it." And Manning's stats - 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a career-high completion percentage of 66 percent -- "wasn't too shabby either," Gettleman said.

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Gettleman on Eli, Beckham Jr. 00:01:41
Giants GM Dave Gettleman was very honest in his responses about Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and their future with the team.

For the first time since July 27, Giants GM Dave Gettleman sat in front of New York media to address the multitude of questions that have built up over his team's 2018 campaign that ended with a disappointing 5-11 record. And you can guess that one of the first questions he addressed was QB Eli Manning's future with the franchise. 

Gettleman admitted that he and Manning had an "extensive, no holds barred" conversation on Monday, but wouldn't divulge on what was discussed. However, he did say what his current stance on the quarterback position for the team will be as he enters the offseason. 

"Here's what I'm committed to do," Gettleman said. "I'm committed to making the best decision in the interest of the New York Football Giants. We're in the evaluation process. I know you wants answers now."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

Odell Beckham Jr. to the Niners is California dreamin' -- at least, according to Dave Gettleman.

The Giants GM addressed the star wide receiver, who reportedly has drawn interest from the Niners, during his season-ending press conference Wednesday morning.

"We didn't sign him to trade him, if that's what you're asking," Gettleman said, throwing cold water on resurfaced rumors.

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Gettleman clear on strategy 00:01:15
Gettleman didn't waiver from the principle that the Giants will draft the best available player and he has no regrets about Saquon Barkley.

When it comes to the NFL draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman's philosophy has always been the same:

Take the best player available. 

The Giants have the sixth pick in the draft this year and with Eli Manning's future uncertain at this point, the question of whether or not finding a future franchise quarterback is a priority this offseason came up at Gettleman's end of the year press conference on Wednesday. 

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Pat Shurmur's first season as Giants head coach was a mixed bag and tale of two halves -- starting out 1-7 before finishing 4-4 and with a 5-11 overall record. 

Coaches are judged by their records and Shurmur's was not good, but GM Dave Gettleman continues to feel positive about the man he hired a year ago is the right guy moving forward. 

"If anything, [this season] reinforced my feeling about him a year ago," Gettleman said. "It was the steadiness, it was the message."

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants rookie QB Kyle Lauletta did not necessarily have the best first season of his professional career. 

The fourth-round draft pick dressed for just two games, threw five incomplete passes and an interception in the only game he appeared in, and also was arrested for a traffic violation after nearly hitting a police officer with his car in Weehawken, N.J. 

Yet Giants GM Dave Gettleman did not sound ready to give up on the 23-year-old as a player or a person during his end of the season press conference on Wednesday. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Two years ago on this date, the Giants were getting ready to face the Packers in the NFC wild-card round.

But first, some of the wide receivers celebrated a playoff berth by partying on a boat in Miami.

In the trip that was heavily scrutinized in the days, weeks and months afterward, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were among several Giants players who were on a yacht with Justin Bieber, Fabolous and Trey Songz.

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Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) celebrates on the podium after the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) celebrates on the podium after the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

If the Giants are ready to move on from Eli Manning and draft a quarterback in this year's NFL draft, then Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins certainly would seem to have caught their eye on Tuesday. 

The 21-year-old completed 25 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdown passes -- all in the first half -- in a 28-23 win over Washington and their No. 12-ranked defense in the Rose Bowl and earning Offensive MVP in the game. 

Haskins, who was third in the Heisman Trophy voting, caps his season with 4,831 yards and 50 touchdown passes -- making him just the sixth player in FBS history to accomplish the latter. 

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If the Giants decide to part ways with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason, the San Francisco 49ers could pursue him, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio

The 49ers considered trading for Beckham last season when the Giants appeared open to the possibility of letting him go. The wideout has five years and $74 million remaining on the long-term deal he signed last August. 

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The Giants have missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, which means they'll get another head start on building their future. And there are plenty of NFL prospects for them to watch in the 41 bowl games scheduled to be played over the next few weeks.

The Giants now have the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL Draft. So here are a few of the players the Giants should, and probably will be, watching and scouting during bowl season: 

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Giants heading into offseason 00:01:20
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley discusses his plan heading into the offseason and Landon Collins addresses his contract talks.

Saquon Barkley is fresh off an incredible rookie campaign that might earn him an Offensive Rookie of the Year honor, but he is focused on the offseason and is taking the advice of future Hall of Fame RB Frank Gore

"I don't want to take too much time off and I don't want to not take enough time. Try to find a balance, talk to vets you know, I talked to Frank Gore, he gave me great advice," said Barkley when asked how he will tackle his first offseason. "How he handles it...try to find out the right thing for my body, to balance it and give me the best shape I can." 

Gore is coming off his 14th season in the league and is revered for his durability at the position where he ranks 4th all time in rushing with 14,748 yards. 

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Times Square isn't the only place where the ball drops around here. Difference is, when it happens in the stadiums and playing fields of New York, with pigskin and horsehide instead of the 12-foot diameter geodesic sphere plummeting on New Year's Eve, you're not always looking to celebrate afterward.

There have been some notorious "drops" in NYC sports history, moments that have helped derail championship hopes, besmirched reps and provided endless video low lights for the type of person who can't look away from a wreck.

In some cases, one New York team has benefited from another's folly -- Luis Castillo's drop, anyone? In others, it's been nothing but heartbreak.

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Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Archie Manning before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Archie Manning before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Eli Manning will not be feeling any pressure from his father to play another season.

Archie Manning sounded at peace with the possibility of his youngest son calling it a career following Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys, but if not, things are going to need to change with the Giants after a disappointing 5-11 season. 

"If Eli is done playing, I'm fine with it," Archie told ESPN's Ian O'Connor. "But if he comes back, the Giants have got to win. They can't go through another season like this."

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

One of the biggest decisions the Giants will have to make this offseason will be what to do with safety Landon Collins?

The 25-year-old is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl season despite missing the last month due to season-ending surgery to repair a partially-torn labrum but will become an unrestricted free agent. 

The Giants are reportedly likely to use the franchise tag on Collins instead of locking him up to a long-term deal. They also have the option to let him walk in free agency. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said in recent weeks how strongly he feels that Eli Manning will quarterback the team in 2019.

And even after Manning turned the ball over twice in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, he said he felt the same way.

"Everybody thinks I'm nuts," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, "but I've seen the good in Eli. I certainly hear things [bad about Manning], but I believe in him. I feel strongly about Eli.''

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Giants come up short in finale 00:01:31
The Giants again couldn't close out a game, losing 36-35 to the Cowboys in the season finale. A common theme in 2018.

The Giants battled, clawed and never gave up in their season finale 36-35 loss to the Dallas Coyboys on Sunday at Metlife Stadium. Saquon Barkley set a new NFL record for a rookie running back and QB Eli Manning completed 356 of 535 passes for 3,998 yards on the year.

Things to know about Sunday's game  

1) On his first completion, Manning surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the seventh time in his career. The QB finished 24-of-41 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

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Saquon Barkley is selected as the No. 2 overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Saquon Barkley is selected as the No. 2 overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

A year after drafting running back Saquon Barkley second overall, the Giants will have the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

The Giants were tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at 5-11, but will pick in between Tampa Bay (fifth) and Jacksonville (seventh) due to their strength of schedules.

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