The Duel

3 Dark Horse Trade Destinations for Eli Manning After Daniel Jones' First Start for Giants in Week 3

Zach Brunner
Atlanta Falcons v New York Giants
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The New York Giants have finally made the switch at quarterback, benching long time starter Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. While Manning has a no-trade clause built into his contract and he could veto any trade proposal, that does not necessarily mean he will be staying on the Giants for the rest of the season.

While it's far from a sure thing that a team is interested enough in Manning to offer the Giants something for him, it is at least possible. These are three of the teams that Manning could find himself on, if he were to move on from New York this season.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Yes, the Jaguars have sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew II and his terrific facial hair, but Jacksonville also still has former Giants' head coach and current Jaguars' executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and his storied history with Manning. Nick Foles is currently sidelined with a broken clavicle. Coming off a Thursday night win over their divisional rival Tennessee Titans, it's possible Jacksonville feels capable of making a run at the division, and maybe they want more of a veteran presence under center to manage the game. If nothing else, maybe Coughlin feels Manning could better mentor a QB like Minshew for the remainder of the season.

2. New York Jets

New York Jets v New England Patriots
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This move isn't as crazy as it sounds. Manning wouldn't even need to move residences, and he could certainly give Jets' third-string QB Luke Falk a run for his money as New York's starter with Sam Darnold out with mononucleosis and backup QB Trevor Siemian injured as well. This scenario could also provide the most probable way for Manning to start a few more games in his career before riding off into the sunset with a rapidly approaching retirement from the NFL. Even if he couldn't make the cut as the starting arm for the Jets, Manning would be a good mentor for the Darnold whenever the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft makes his return for the Jets.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Steelers have gotten out to a terrible 0-2 start and lost veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season. If they pick up the Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but backup QB Mason Rudolph still doesn't look ready, Pittsburgh could make the move for Manning. Depending on what we see out of the former Oklahoma State star QB over the next few games, Manning could provide the Steelers with a better shot at the division title. The AFC North feels like it's up for grabs, and solid QB play may be the difference in this division.


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