New York Giants: Draft might not be best option for new QB – Part 2

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The New York Giants have to make a decision on their next starting quarterback soon. This is the conclusion of our two-part series about where that player will come from.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is 38 years old. His time in the NFL is growing short. A combination of father time, coaching changes, and a porous offensive line have made his last few seasons frustrating. Since 2014, Big Blue is 31-54, with one winning season. That’s enough to wipe the smile from even the biggest optimist’s face.

Does Manning have one season left? Probably. Two? Unlikely. A changing of the guard has to happen sooner rather than later. Most in Giants nation thought that would happen at last season’s draft. There were four quarterbacks taken in the first 10 picks and five overall in round one. Instead of drafting a QB, the G-Men went with a franchise running back Saquon Barkley.

They passed on Sam Darnold (Jets), Josh Allen (Bills), Josh Rosen (Cardinals) and Lamar Jackson (Ravens). Whether people agree or disagree with the strategy is irrelevant. Even if the Giants could go back and change their pick, they probably wouldn’t. Barkley proved himself to be one of the best running backs in the league and was the 2018 NFL offensive rookie of the year.

That leaves the New York Giants in a quandary. They either need to A) draft a quarterback in 2019 or 2020 or B) sign or trade for a current NFL veteran quarterback.

Today, we look at option “B,” an existing NFL quarterback. I believe this is the direction GM Dave Gettleman needs to go. There are plenty of rumors and speculation abound when it comes to who is and isn’t available. I’m going to do my best to include why I think someone could be available, if necessary.