This offseason, the Giants creatively used their available cap space to revamp their roster. They cut ties with many veterans and took paycuts from others.
One veteran they haven't gone to for cap relief is QB Eli Manning, who's cap number of $20.4 million would have strangled them had the league not raised the cap to $133 million.
Conventional thinking is that the Giants do not want to ask Eli for any givebacks because by doing that they would have to extend his contract beyond 2015, something they are not comfortable doing at this point.
They want to first see him return successfully from the ankle injury that ended his season last December and second, bounce back from his worst season performance-wise as a Giant.
There is also a mindset floating around that Eli's best day's are behind him. Kevin Gilbride, who was ousted as Giants' OC earlier this year, says that is just not the case.
From Mike Florio of PFT:
“There’s been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort,” Gilbride said on NBCSN's Pro Football Talk yesterday. “I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line. They certainly made a move to do that by bringing in three interior offensive linemen and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver — Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run [and] go win for them.”
So is Eli in decline?
“I think that’s, to be honest with you, ludicrous,” Gilbride said. “I think he’s going to be fine. . . . He’s going to throw the ball to the right person and he’s going to throw it accurately.”