Eli Manning began the final stretch of his farewell tour as a New York Giant in Week 14. With Daniel Jones out due to an ankle injury, Manning stepped in to start against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was a tale of two halves for Manning and the Giants. They led 17-3 at halftime. Manning tossed two touchdown passes and the team looked energized. In the second half and overtime, the Eagles outscored New York 20-0. Once again, Pat Shurmur made no in-game adjustments and handled the clock miserably.
Manning finished with 203 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He showed signs that he has a little left in the tank moving forward. This is his final season as a Giant and if he does not decide to retire, there are some teams that could be interested in a short-term veteran quarterback.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are in an awkward spot at quarterback. Cam Newton went down with an injury early in the season and the team turned to Kyle Allen. Looking to 2020, Newton likely will not be on the team and Allen is not the long-term answer for this team.
Carolina could choose to take a flier on Manning because he will come at a discounted price and he would bridge the gap until they find their next quarterback. Carolina will have a new coach and quarterback when the 2020 season begins.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs will most likely move on from their No. 1 pick in 2015. Jameis Winston has not matured as a quarterback and still turns the ball over at a high rate. The next quarterback is not on the roster right now. Tampa Bay finally has the right coach in Bruce Arians and it is time they get a quarterback.
Manning could join the Bucs, who have one of the league’s best wide receivers in Mike Evans. They have talent in the backfield and at tight end. If Manning decides he wants to play another season, spending it in the nice weather down south is not a bad option.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have been linked to Manning for years now. A 38-year-old Manning is better than Nick Foles at any point in his career. The Jaguars made one of the worst deals in the league when they signed Foles for $88 million. He is now on the bench in favor of sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew, who is the better player.
Eli Manning is better than both. Minshew is a gunslinger from Washington State, but he is not ready to be the guy yet. The Jaguars could get Manning at bargain price and go for it for a season or two until Minshew is matured. If nothing else, this move would satisfy fate.