Tom Condon, the agent for Giants quarterback Eli Manning believes that his client will be back in 2019 with the only team he's ever played for.
Condon, who rarely discusses his clients statuses with the media, also revealed that he hasn't yet heard from the Giants regarding their intentions, though he added that it's not concerning nor surprising given that this time of year teams are generally knee-deep in player evaluations and look to complete that process before conveying any final decisions to the players and their agents.
Last month, general manager Dave Gettleman declined to confirm whether Manning would be back for his 16th season at the helm of a club that has missed the playoffs in five out of the last six seasons.
Manning, for his part, also sounded uncertain about his future when he did a radio interview with WFAN shortly after the season ended, telling Mike Francesa that he didn't know "it’s leaning one way or the other right now,” and adding that he would take time "to reflect and figure out what’s the best thing going forward.”
In both cases, Gettleman and Manning spoke within 72 hours after the Giants disappointing 2-18 season came to a close at 5-11, a time when emotions were still raw from how the Giants season had unfolded
But with a few weeks having passed, it's possible that Manning has had enough time to reflect about his future and arrive at a decision, though whether the Giants have done the same remains to be determined.
Condon told reporters at the Senior Bowl that he has not yet heard from the Giants brass regarding Manning, who is entering the final year of his contract in 2019 and would be due to count for $23.2 million against the cap if no changes are made to his existing deal.
The Giants, who hold the No. 6 overall spot in the draft, could look to grab a young prospect such as Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins or Duke's Daniel Jones, to begin grooming behind Manning, similar to how Manning himself was groomed by Hall of Famer Kurt Warner in 2004.
If that is the case, then it's a good possibility the Giants will look to lower Manning's cap figure, the most likely option being converting some of his $11.5 million base salary into a signing bonus and adding a dummy year to the deal to help lessen the cap hit from the new signing bonus.