Two years ago, the Giants tried to break up with Eli Manning. It did not take. This time around, it wants.
He could retire, but why give up the balance of a $ 11.5 million has been fully guaranteed as of Week One? The Giants could cut him but, again, why pay him the rest of his $ 11.5 million? Daniel Jones could get injured. He could stink. Eli Manning farewell tour.
Keeping him will awkward, to say the least. Eli is now officially not the man.
Eli could be traded if he waives his no-trade clause. But who would trade for him? Even with the Jets, Steelers, Jaguars, Colts, and Saints currently without their Week One quarterbacks, Eli does not seem to be the answer to any of those teams. Or for any other team.
Maybe the best outcome would be a retirement coupled with partial payment of the $ 10.14 million he'd still be owed, if released. The Giants entrusted their future when making him the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft.