Eli Manning: 'Best case scenario' is retiring with Giants
Manning, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the Giants, said he wants to stay in New York for the rest of his career.
“Best-case scenario, for sure,’’ he said Wednesday in what evolved into a bit of a soul-searching media session. “This is the only franchise I’ve been a part of, and I think it’s the best one. I don’t want anything else but to be here, play here and win another championship here.’’
While Manning has helped the franchise win two Super Bowls during his tenure, he's struggled for much of the past few seasons and is well aware that he has to play well for the team to want to keep him. After the 2015 season, Manning can become an unrestricted free agent when his current six-year deal expires.
“You always hope that, that’s always the mindset and plan as if that will be the case,’’ Manning said. “As you get older and you see your brother, I never thought Peyton would play for another franchise. I don’t think he did either. I’m gonna try to do my job and do it well enough where the franchise wants to keep me here.
“Obviously, last season was not good, and this season I thought I was playing better, [but] this last week wasn’t good. Hopefully we can get a hot streak and I can play well.’’
With Manning under center, the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007 and 2011, defeating the New England Patriots each time.
The Giants are 3-7 this season and Manning has struggled with turnovers once again, throwing for 2,495 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
- Jack Jorgensen