Giants GM endorses Eli Manning

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman continues to dismiss the notion that the franchise needs to move on from Eli Manning at quarterback.

Gettleman said at his introductory press conference that the Giants like what they have at the position, which includes Manning at a $22.2 million salary and backup Davis Webb, a rookie in 2017. The Giants also enter the 2018 NFL Draft with the No. 2 overall pick and the class includes four players ESPN projects as first-round picks, including Southern Cal's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen.

"With the second pick, we're going to take the best player available," Gettleman said. "If you take a guy just to take a guy especially at the quarterback position -- and he fails -- you set yourself back five years.

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"There are teams in what I call quarterback hell. They got a quality defense, good special teams and they're going 7-9, 8-8, 9-7. ... Now if there is a legitimate [quarterback in the draft], they got to trade up give away the farm to get the guy."

Gettleman consulted with new head coach Pat Shurmur, who will be introduced on Friday, and conversations about how to play the team's cards at quarterback will continue. Manning threw for 434 yards in the Giants' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, a game Gettleman said he reviewed looking for reasons to doubt.

"I had an opportunity to watch (it) because the quarterback is the most important position on the team," Gettleman said. "At the end of the day, it wasn't a mirage. It was not a mirage."

The Giants might not know what they have in Webb behind the 37-year-old Manning. Understanding where Manning is in his career -- 40-year-old Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards in 2017 -- and his plans for the future will be weighed by the Giants going forward to avoid unexpectedly treading into what Gettleman termed "QB hell."

"They got a quality defense, good special teams and they're going 7-9, 8-8, 9-7. ... Now if there is a legitimate (quarterback prospect), they got to trade up (and) give away the farm to get the guy," he said.

--Field Level Media

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