If the New York Giants are legitimately concerned Eli Manning is on the decline, the Cleveland Browns ought to pick up the phone.
That’s what SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Jim Miller argued Monday afternoon on Movin’ the Chains.
“If I’m [Cleveland Browns general manager] Ray Farmer, I’m calling the New York Giants and saying, ‘What do you want for Eli Manning,'” Miller said. “‘We’ll take on his $20 million salary, we’ll take his two Super Bowl championships that he led your team with.’ To me, I just don’t see it happening. Because [...] I think this is a player that can rebound. [The] offensive line was a mess, receiver position was a mess, the running back position was God awful last year for the New York Giants. And Eli Manning, I think, will have a huge rebound year under [new offensive coordinator] Ben McAdoo. But why not inquire [...] if you’re the Cleveland Browns?”
Miller added that he thought it was hard to believe the reports that there are individuals in the Giants’ front office that doesn’t have faith in Manning returning to his Super Bowl-winning form.
“If people believe in that building that he’s in decline, I don’t believe it one bit,” Miller said. “Because if I’m a team out there, and I hear that, that people from the New York Giants’ organization, in that front office, believe that, I would be calling them every day. And Cleveland has the ammo to give them what they want, plus take on the salary of Eli Manning.”
Co-host Pat Kirwan echoed Miller’s conviction that Manning’s struggles in 2013 weren’t entirely the quarterback’s fault.
“What was his fault, he’s accepted as his fault; that’s the easy part of Eli,” Kirwan said. “They [the Giants] really thought – and [there] was great respect for [former New York Giants offensive coordinator] Kevin Gilbride from me and the organization – but it was time for a little change, and it was time for something new.”