At 37, he faces an uncertain future — certainly with the Giants and maybe in the NFL.
To quote another New York sports icon, Yogi Berra: “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.”
Although he has a no-trade clause and is under contract with the Giants through the 2019 season, the team’s decision-makers, as currently constructed, made it clear he’s not starting for the foreseeable future.
“I think he can still win in the NFL, yes. And I hope it’s here, but that’ll be a discussion for the offseason,” team owner John Mara said Wednesday (via NJ.com).
While Eli’s dad, Archie, told the New York Daily News that his son was “heartbroken,” the elder Manning also hinted that there could be another team in Eli’s future — once his heart heals.
“I don’t think Eli ever envisioned, until now, playing for somebody else,” the elder Manning said. “That’s the love he has for the Giants. It is kind of unique and stronger than most. It’s not just the game he loves to play. He loves to play for the Giants.”
The Knights start a five-game homestand against Carolina, which lost 3-2 to a physical Anaheim team Monday night. The Hurricanes (11-11-7) may be travel-weary playing for the second night in a row and the fifth time on a six-game road trip that concludes in Buffalo on Friday.
They are 0-2-2 in the trip, including overtime defeats at San Jose and Los Angeles.
“We’ve got to start winning games,” said center Victor Rask, who scored one of Carolina’s goals against Anaheim on Monday. “We’ve been playing good. We’ve just got to get that next step. This is a stretch where we’ve got to win games.”
Vegas hopes to build on its success at T-Mobile, where it is 11-2. The Golden Knights will play all five games in the homestand against Eastern Conference opponents — Carolina, Pittsburgh, Florida, Tampa Bay and Washington, all of which have not faced Vegas.