Eli Apple's future with the Giants was in question after a tumultuous 2017 season, and especially with new GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur put in place.
However, while fielding questions at the NFL Combine, they both reiterated the "clean slate deal" that Gettleman offered Apple earlier this offseason.
Gettleman spoke on his "nice visit" with Apple, where they talked for about a half hour. While telling Apple that he has the clean slate, he said "It's a new day. Let's go," according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Gettleman wouldn't specifiy if Apple will definitely return next season, though, but he did say "I hope he shows up April 9," which is the first day of offseason workouts.
Apple wants to put his sophomore campaign in the past, as he faced problems on and off the field. While playing in just 11 games, Apple totaled only 49 tackles and two fumble recoveriesl. It was his off-the-field drama, though, that put the bad spotlight on him throughout the season.
The first incident came when he reportedly had an altercation with former HC Ben McAdoo on the sideline. He also threatened to leave the team facility after teammates and coaches aired him out during a "brutally honest" film session that pointed out players' lack of effort. He also was caught tweeting on the sideline during the team's Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys.
Multiple players tried to talk to Apple, including fellow CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. Safety Landon Collins also said he tried to speak with Apple, but the corner denied the All-Pro ever saying anything to him. This prompted Collins to go on a radio interview, and call him a "cancer."
Between all of this, Apple also tended to his mother, Annie, who had brain surgery in the middle of the season. His missed some time on the field because of that as well.