Giants general manager Dave Gettleman believes Eli Manning is still a “quality” quarterback.
The 38-year-old signal caller was inconsistent as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight season. Gettleman, however, praised Manning during an interview Wednesday with NFL Network.
“At the end of the day, you can’t win without a quarterback. We all know it,” Gettleman said. “It’s just the way the game is built. You have to have a quarterback. I really believe there has been a false narrative out there that Eli is finished, he’s done.
“He had a heck of a year. We scored a lot of points late. But, at the end of the day, Eli can still make all of the NFL throws. He can still play.”
However, Gettleman said the team has started to think about its future at quarterback. Manning’s contract is set to expire after 2019.
“Eli is still a quality NFL quarterback. It wears me out, it really does,” Gettleman said. “Obviously he’s 38 years old. … Anyhow, the bottom line is, yes, we have to address it. It’s reality. So, when the time is right we will.”
Gettleman also defended Manning earlier this month.
“This narrative Eli is overpaid and can’t play is a crock,” Gettleman told reporters March 18. “I’m telling you.”
Manning completed 66 percent of his passes and threw for 21 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions, in 16 games in 2018.