So, what now for Eli Manning?
At 37, he faces an uncertain future — certainly with the Giants and maybe in the NFL.
To quote another New York sports icon, Yogi Berra: “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.”
Although he has a no-trade clause and is under contract with the Giants through the 2019 season, the team’s decision-makers, as currently constructed, made it clear he’s not starting for the foreseeable future.
“I think he can still win in the NFL, yes. And I hope it’s here, but that’ll be a discussion for the offseason,” team owner John Mara said Wednesday (via NJ.com).
While Eli’s dad, Archie, told the New York Daily News that his son was “heartbroken,” the elder Manning also hinted that there could be another team in Eli’s future — once his heart heals.
“I don’t think Eli ever envisioned, until now, playing for somebody else,” the elder Manning said. “That’s the love he has for the Giants. It is kind of unique and stronger than most. It’s not just the game he loves to play. He loves to play for the Giants.”
The team, however, made it clear this week, for this season, it doesn’t love him playing for the Giants.
So what teams might be interested in Manning? Already lists have been formulated that include the Broncos, Jaguars and Vikings, among others.
But that’s all just speculation.
“There is no way of knowing,” Archie said. “It will all shake out.”
And it doesn’t factor in another potential option: a Tony Romo-like move to the TV booth.
CBS gives Manning a ringing endorsement.
“We’d take him in a second,” network president and CEO Les Moonves told TMZ Sports Wednesday, adding that Manning “absolutely” has it in him to slide over to the broadcast booth.