Eli Manning legitimately uncertain on Giants return: 'We'll see'

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During his post-regular season press conference on Wednesday, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman both praised Manning and remained noncommittal on his future with the team. Gettleman said he provided Manning with honest answers to his questions. It's a move that Gettleman clearly does not regret after Barkley totaled 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

There is no doubt Gettleman respects Manning, who he called a "mensch". The 2019 quarterback draft class is thin after Oregon's Justin Herbert announced he will return for his senior year, and this comes a year after the Giants passed on one of the deepest quarterback drafts in recent memory.

Manning already had an "extensive...no holds barred" conversation with Gettleman on Monday, but neither party would spill the details on what was said.

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However, major change came in the second half of the season after a 1-7 start. Not to mention Odell Beckham Jr. went down with an injury that kept him out of the last four games of the season.

We don't know what was said between Gettleman and Manning - we never will - but for the first time in his long and storied career, Manning is legitimately and genuinely uncertain about his future and, more specifically, his future with the Giants. "That takes brutal honesty and some tough decisions", Gettleman added. That's kind of when you have to truly think about what you want to do and how it's going to go. I knew better. All kidding aside, you can't guarantee that. That definitely takes a toll when you're not winning game. "There's no way. I wouldn't guarantee that to anybody".

While the offense was his focus heading into the offseason a year ago, the defense will occupy that spot now. He actually hates the word. "We're doing our best to accumulate the talent that fits our schemes, and that understands how to play the game, and hates to lose". That's what it's really all about, and we're going to continue to do this and get it right.

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