“I want to stay here,” Manning said after a 20-13 loss to the Redskins that was his 20th defeat in his last 24 starts and dropped him to two games over .500 (112-10) in his 15-year career.
So, Manning won’t follow the path laid forth by Joe Montana (49ers to Chiefs), Brett Favre (Packers to Jets to Vikings) or his older brother (Colts to Broncos). At least not until the offseason, when he might force the Giants’ hand to release a two-time Super Bowl MVP.
In the near future, however, the Giants need to get a long look at rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta after failing to do so with rookie Davis Webb during their lost 2017 season. That means putting Manning on the bench at some time after the bye week ahead.
Manning’s only two touchdown passes in the last three games have come in the final 20 seconds of a two-score game. In other words, they have been meaningless, and indicative of why the Giants are one of the NFL’s worst-scoring offenses.
“I’m going to look at everything,” coach Pat Shurmur said, “as we move forward.”
Does that include benching Manning?
“I don’t want to go there,” Shurmur said. “I’m not going to tease that. I just want to look at everything and see what we have to do moving forward.”
Manning and his super agent Tom Condon reportedly fought hard to get a no-trade clause included his last extension, which was signed in September 2015 after longer-than-expected negotiations.
Asked last week if he envisioned this scenario — a rebuild that includes the trade of two starters — when he signed his deal, Manning said, “No. That’s agent stuff, I guess.”
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