Manning broke routine by walking out of the tunnel with his three daughters during the pregami period, according to sources near Pat Leonard of the Daily News. According to Leonard's source, Manning seemed to oversee the scene in the MetLife stadium and take everything into it before taking pictures with all three daughters wearing their terse sweaters. According to the source, Manning has never done anything like this before.
Manning's decision to spend a little extra time pregame with his family has prompted some to consider a theory that he may have some knowledge of his future situation with the Giants. Manning just capped from his 15th season in the NFL with the Giants franchise and he must enter the last season of his contract with the Giants in 2019. Manning will count $ 23.2 million against the payline of the Giants 2019 and the franchise can be $ 17 earn back millions if they make the decision to release him. According to Shurmur, Manning would return as a starter of the Giants for the 2019 season, if the decision was only for him.
It is certainly possible that Manning has taken the extra time for the loss of the Giants & # 39; Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys as a precaution in the event that the front office decides this out of season that he will not return to the franchise. Manning will receive a roster bonus of $ 5 million on March 17, 2019. The Giants will then have to make a decision about his future by then.
After losing 36-35 from the team, Shurmur told Giants' reporters that he "absolutely" believes that Manning still has good football.
"I believe in him," Shurmur added. "I believe in it Eli Manning. "
For the second time this season, Shurmur said he wants all his players back in 2019 when he is immediately asked if he wants Manning to return. Of course, if Shurmur had already decided that the Giants would switch from Manning, he would most probably not make this decision known to reporters for this reason. To begin with, it is disrespectful to Manning and everything he has meant for this franchise. It also makes no sense for the Giants to announce their offseason plan now at the quarterback position.
Shurmur made it clear that every decision about Giants' staff is not entirely up to him. These decisions are taken in a joint effort by Shurmur, first-year general manager Dave Gettleman, owned by Giants, and several other key players in the front office.
Prior to the end of the game, Giants fans in the stadium gathered around the veteran quarterback by singing his name prior to the last offensive possession of the team. After the game, when Manning trotted the field for what could be the last time in a giant uniform, fans showered him with support. One Giants fan even made it clear that he wants "another year" from Manning.
After the game, Manning responded to this theory …