Eli Manning's Agent on If QB Will Return to Giants: 'Shoot, Yeah, I Think So'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2019

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 36-35. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Count Eli Manning's agent among those who believe the veteran will return to the New York Giants in the 2019 season. 

"Shoot, yeah, I think so," Tom Condon said when asked if Manning would return to the only NFL team he has ever played for, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. "I think he'd love to come back. Guys love to play their whole careers with one team, if they have a good experience with that team."

Schwartz explained one thing that could impact whether Manning comes back is his contract situation. The 2019 campaign is the final one on his deal, but he is on the books for $17 million and has a salary-cap number of $23.2 million. While Condon said he has not spoken with the Giants about potentially reducing the salary-cap number, it remains a possibility.

Manning has two Super Bowl titles and four Pro Bowl nods during his 15-year career with the Giants.

However, the team went 5-11 in 2018 and 3-13 in 2017 and has been to the playoffs just once since it won the Super Bowl in the 2011 season. Interceptions have also plagued him throughout his career considering he finished with double-digit picks every year since he was a rookie, although his 11 in 2018 were his lowest total since 2008.

New York could look to draft a quarterback and move into the future with a young backfield. Running back Saquon Barkley is coming off a sensational rookie season as a contender for Offensive Rookie of the Year with more than 2,000 total yards from scrimmage.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected the Giants to take Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick in his latest mock draft.

With Manning's agent confident he will be back, he could serve as a veteran mentor to a rookie and bridge quarterback in 2019.

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