New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the final year of his contract and if he sticks around East Rutherford for any length of time, every year from here on out will be the final year of his contract.
Giants co-owner John Mara revealed on Tuesday that the team will take things year-to-year with Manning from here on out, closing the door on any thoughts of a long-term contract.
“I think we’re in a one year at a time mode right now,” Mara told reporters. “It’ll be a very difficult, emotional moment , to be sure, but I’m not thinking about that just yet. He’s still the starting quarterback.”
While the lack of a long-term contract could be stressful to some, Manning didn’t bat an eye at the prospect of going year-to-year from here on out.
“I think that’s what’s fair. I have never been one who is ever concerned or worried about contracts and things like that. I figure I won’t start now.” Manning said.
What Manning is concerned with is developing chemistry and winning football games — something he wants his teammates to experience. And while expectations for the Giants are low, Manning continues to define success as reaching the playoffs and then making a run.
“It’s making the playoffs to start with, and then making a run in the playoffs. Obviously, the goal is to always win a championship, and you can’t do that without making the playoffs,” Manning said. “I think the goal is to win the division and go from there.”
Should the Giants not make the playoffs in 2019, it’s unlikely Manning’s contract will be so much “year-to-year” as it would be “done.” Fair or unfair, that’s the situation in which he finds himself after the team took Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.