Giants QB Eli Manning's future with Big Blue isn't in doubt, at least according to former Giant and current CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms.
"I think it's an absolute guarantee that Eli Manning will be the starter for the Giants next year," Simms said Sunday on the CBS pregame show. "In the Draft, they're not going to get anybody. And I think he'll be there not only next year. But I think he has a chance to start in 2020."
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Nov. 28 that Manning could return as the starter in 2019.
The 37-year-old Manning is signed through 2019 with a salary of $11.5 million, is due a $5 million roster bonus in March, and has a salary cap number of $23.2 million.
As the Giants have gone 4-1 over their last five games, Manning has played well, completing 95 of 143 passes for 1,083 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Manning's improved play has coincided with improved play from the offensive line. Over his past five games, Manning has been sacked 12 times. During the first eight games of the season, he was sacked 31 times.
As far Simms' claim that the Giants won't "get anybody" in the Draft, that may be true. But the Giants currently hold the No. 9 pick, which would seemingly put them in position to nab one of the more highly thought of QB prospects if they wanted.
Regarding potential replacements for Manning on the Giants' roster, there don't seem to be any.
Rookie Kyle Lauletta struggled badly in Week 14 during what was his professional debut. Beyond Lauletta is Alex Tanney, who hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since 2015.