Should the New York Giants Drop Eli Manning?

Deadspin argues it's time for the team to let go of its aging star quarterback.

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes the ball against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedExField on January 1, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes the ball against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedExField on January 1, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
By Cory Gunkel / November 6, 2017 12:07 pm

The New York Giants are a hot, steaming pile of garbage this season. Ben McAdoo’s team, riddled by injuries and staring down the barrel of perhaps a 1-win season, look like they’ve essentially given up in recent weeks. After being smoked 51-17 by the Rams on Sunday, it’s time to take a serious look at the future of the franchise.

Without any of its star receivers and absolutely nothing to lose, the Giants need to take a serious look at third-round draft pick Davis Webb III under center. Eli Manning just hasn’t been able to get it done this year, and with two years left on a contract and a rebuild already looking like a reality, McAdoo should waste no time in getting Webb reps during this lost season.

“Manning, 36, has two years left on his contract, but zero guaranteed money if the Giants decide to move on this winter,” Deadspin’s Berry Petchesky writes. “He would still carry $18.6 million in dead cap money combined for the next two seasons, but that’s a relatively small price to pay to get a head start on the search for the next Giants quarterback. It’s been a wildly successful 14 years in New York for Manning, but the Giants are about to miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. If a full rebuild isn’t possible, a reboot at coach and under center is inevitable. And there’s no reason to put it off.”

Manning oversaw a wildly successful run in New York, winning two Super Bowls and helping orchestrate an era of greatness with the Giants. But with his play sinking further and further into the depths of despair and the team needing a spark, McAdoo needs to pull the trigger and let Webb gain some experience while building for the future.

You can’t be sentimental in the NFL. For his own sake, McAdoo should heed this lesson.