The New York Giants are likely in the market for a future franchise quarterback regardless of what they eventually decided to do with current franchise man Eli Manning.
If the Giants decided to release Manning and free up $17 million in salary cap space, their plan for acquiring a new franchise quarterback might get a little more aggressive. Having said that, even if they decided to keep Manning for the final year of his contract in 2019, it’s very possible they also attempt to land his replacement this offseason.
The bigger question remains how will the Giants go about acquiring Manning’s successor. The free agent route rarely hits, and when it does, the ceiling appears to be capped. Signing a prospect like Teddy Bridgewater provides somewhat of a ceiling, but also a very low floor if things go wrong. Nick Foles will reportedly receive upwards of $20 million per year on the free agent market this offseason and he will likely also require a multi-year investment. Signing Foles based on a small sample size of games with Doug Pederson seems like the riskiest of routes when you factor in the financial burden it would cost.
Most fans want the Giants to go the route of the 2019 NFL Draft to find their future quarterback and this week things got more interesting. Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray was expected to play baseball after the Oakland Athletics drafted him in the first round, but now he is expected to enter the draft.
Upon hearing the news, a wild NFL rumor spread and it involves multiple quarterbacks and both the Arizona Cardinals and Giants franchises. This wild rumor sparked a debate among Giants fans involving two rookie quarterbacks and a second-year NFL starter. We dive into the madness below: