Former NFL GM: Why Not Move On From Eli In Offseason?

If the Giants were going to move on from Eli Manning after two games, then they should have moved on from him this past offseason, Mike Tannenbaum says

Taz and the Moose
September 18, 2019 - 9:48 am
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After starting 0-2, the New York Giants have benched Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, as the sixth overall pick will make his first NFL start this Sunday in Tampa Bay.

On the one hand, this makes sense. On the other hand, not so much.

“I understand that they felt like it was time to move on, and you certainly could make that case,” former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum said on Taz & The Moose. “But the part that I didn’t understand is they traded Odell Beckham, got a first and third – that makes complete sense to me. But then you pay $17 million for two games for Eli Manning.”

Therein lies the confusion.

“In my mind, if you’re going to move on and start over – you got Coach Shurmur, you believe in him, you got Daniel Jones – then why not move on from Eli Manning in the offseason?” Tannenbaum asked. “(That) gives him a chance to go someplace else and you have a chance to use those cap dollars and get another draft choice. I wasn’t really sure if they were going to make that move why they would do it after two games. He’s either your guy or he’s not.”

As of now, he isn’t. In fact, Tannenbaum won’t be surprised if the Giants trade the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Heck, Manning may request that.

“I think when you tear Eli Manning apart, inside is a world-class competitor,” Tannebaum said. “If it comes down to him sitting on the sidelines or having a chance to play quarterback for a team that may have a chance for the playoffs, I’d be surprised if he didn’t choose that opportunity.”

Click below to listen to Tannebaum’s interview in its entirety.