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When the New York Giants fell to 1-7 on the season entering their bye week, it appeared the Eli Manning era in New York was about to come to an end. Despite having some of the most electrifying offensive weapons in the NFL, the Giants offense was sputtering and the team was headed towards another Top 5 pick. 

However, the Giants had no one to replace Manning with after backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta ran into trouble with the law and Manning returned as the starter. He managed to win two games before suffering a brutal loss to the Eagles Sunday. 

Even if Manning plays out the rest of this lost season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would not be back next year. 

Except it appears that might not actually be the case. 

Before you panic, Giants fans, Manning might be back, but he also might not. The Giants just don't want to make a decision until they know exactly what they'd replace Manning with. 

The initial plan going into this season was to have Eli for this season and next season, but given how much of a disaster this year has been that is being reconsidered. Cutting Manning in March would save the Giants nearly $17 million, which is a huge incentive to move on, but he's a Giants legend and once again, there's no heir apparent. 

If the Giants feel like they can draft a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft then they'll certainly move on from Manning or at least have him start the 2019 season before moving onto their new rookie. If the Giants don't feel like they have a better option than Manning at quarterback than he'll be their quarterback. 

It will all depend on how he plays over the final five games of the season and if the Giants get a high enough draft pick to potentially draft a quarterback like Justin Herbert out of Oregon. Unfortunately for the Giants, the quarterback pool is not nearly as deep as it was this past draft. 

So it's a wait and see for Manning and the Giants, but there's at least a decent chance Manning will still be suiting up for the Giants come September 2019. 

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