As the Giants are clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes, Manning's play has been steady down the stretch and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Sunday on* Good Morning Football Weekend* that the veteran slinger could be playing his way onto next season's roster.
"He is, from what I understand, playing his way onto the roster in 2019," Rapoport said. "Sources I talked to were adamant no decision has been made firmly. This is an offseason situation. But the way he has been playing, the way he has held up certainly opens up the possibility that he is back in 2019; something which if you talked about earlier in the season, we all would've thought you were crazy."
With Manning set to make $16.5 million next season, the right situation may be Manning sticking around for a swan song in Gotham while ushering in a new era under center for whomever the Giants decide -- or hope -- is their next franchise quarterback.
"They still do need to find a franchise quarterback. Pretty clear that at this point it doesn't seem like that franchise quarterback is on their roster," Rapoport said. "He's going to make just $16.5 million next year and certainly there are scenarios on the table right now where the Giants bring Manning back for the final year of his career and then draft his successor and then let Eli groom him. "