The New York Giants Should Put Eli Manning On The Trade Block

October 6, 2017

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This article is not going to sit well with most fans of the New York Giants - and for good reason.

Look, I get it. Giants fans love Eli Manning, as they should, considering what he's accomplished over the course of his career with the franchise.

But with the Giants now staring at four straight loses to start the season, ultimately ending their shot at making the postseason, it's now time to sell their strongest asset at its highest value.

After last season, most thought Manning was all but done, posting his lowest yards per attempt average since 2007 and registering an incredibly mediocre Pro Football Focus grade of 70.5, the worst of his NFL career.

As a result, the offense failed to average 20 points per game, not once scoring 30 in any contest.

Manning has looked much different this season, though, as his completion percentage is pushing 70% and PFF has him graded higher than Aaron Rodgers (8th overall in the league).

Sure, the Giants offense is still shaky but it's far from Manning's fault.

New York has the league's second-worst rushing attack and the team's wideouts have dropped seven passes on the season, tied for third-worst in the NFL.

Head coach Ben McAdoo has also been under a tremendous amount of heat for his predictable style of play calling and abandonment of the run game.

At the same time, if the Giants happened to deal Eli Manning, who makes up over $22 million in cap space over the next few seasons, they would be able to open up cap space to re-sign players like Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, and Odell Beckham Jr.

Considering the position he plays, his current production, and past accomplishments there's reason to believe the Giants could haul in a first-round pick for Manning.

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Heck, if the Eagles could get multiple draft choices for the injury prone, unqualified Sam Bradford, with one of those picks being a first rounder, why can't Manning bring in a similar haul?

The Jacksonville Jaguars seem like the ideal fit for the Giants in a trade, aside from the Manning-Giants-Tom Coughlin connection.

The Jags are currently in first-place in the AFC South and Blake Bortles is sure as hell not a guy any team would want leading their franchise for the foreseeable future.

Manning would slide in perfectly on a team that is second in the league rushing the football with some nice, emerging pieces on the perimeter (Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, and the injured Allen Robinson).

You could hate the idea all you want, Giants fans.

But it would give the team an opportunity to repair the offensive line with the draft picks received in the deal, thus, setting Davis Webb up for success moving forward.

And the last thing anyone would want to see is the team hold on to him too long, paying him more than he's worth at an older age and slowing down the process of finding the next franchise quarterback.

Just a thought. Enjoy your night. 

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