While they are putting their faith in 38-year-old Eli Manning being their starting QB in 2019 in a season where they hope to contend, the Giants didn't decide to keep him until recently.
"I had some talks with Mr. Gettleman and coach Shurmur within the last month or so," Manning said Monday during a conference call. "They told me that I would come back and be on the team this year. I got word within the last month."
As Manning prepares for his 16th season with the Giants (he said he's fine going year-to-year at this point) and ponders his future (he said he won't have a farewell tour whenever he decides to retire), he thinks the Giants are about to draft his successor.
Asked specifically if he thought the Giants would take a quarterback with the No. 6 or No. 17 pick in the NFL Draft later this month, Manning answered in the affirmative.
"I figure the Giants will get a young quarterback," he said. "I understand that. I still have to do my job. I will do my part. Same as last year. Go out there, play quarterback, win football games. That is what I am trying to do."
Manning said he decided "pretty quickly" after the season that he still wanted to play and that he wanted to part of the Giants moving forward -- which he relayed to GM Dave Gettleman. And when it comes to potentially mentoring his successor, Manning is game.
"I have always felt that in the quarterback room I have always had a great relationship with everyone," Manning said. "All the QBs, we have drafted quarterbacks and have had young quarterbacks in there. I enjoy talking football and enjoy talking ball. ... That is just part of being a quarterback. I have enjoyed putting in the extra effort and the work. Getting everyone comfortable and up to speed. Help young guys trying to learn a new offense."