Eli Manning will not be ready to hang up his cleats after the 2017 season regardless of whether or not he is starting quarterback for the New York Giants. This offseason, the Giants franchise will have a difficult decision to make on the soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback, and it will likely come at the hands of a brand new regime from the coaching staff all the way up to the general manager. The one thing that's for sure is that Manning wants to continue playing quarterback in 2018 even if that means it won't be for the Giants. "I plan on playing next season," Manning told reporters when asked if he's positive that he will return to football in 2018. Manning won't rule out being the Giants starter again, and neither should you. With the Giants almost certain to have a new head coach and likely a new general manager in 2018, those two will be making the final call on Manning. Because the veteran quarterback's contract is quite large and carries a hefty sum of "dead money" against the 2018 salary cap, moving on from Manning will not be easy for the Giants unless they can find a trade partner. It's important to note that Manning has a no-trade clause in his contract. The Jaguars are the first team that comes to mind when it comes to a potential Manning trade. The Jaguars have proven to have almost every other component to a Super Bowl contending team besides a quarterback. The Jaguars have one of the NFL's stingiest pass defenses, they have linebackers to stop the run, and they have one of the NFL's most consistent and explosive rushing attacks led by Rookie of the Year candidate Leonard Fournette.
Eli Manning says he plans to play quarterback in 2018
247 Sports | Dec 4