Is it time for Eli to retire?
Odell Beckham Jr. made some negative comments about Eli Manning that led to a fine from the New York Giants earlier this month. Beckham's statement painted Manning as a player who may not have the same energy as he did in his youth. "I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket," stated Beckham. "He's not -- we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue?" Now, according to CBS Sports, it appears that his teammates agree with his judgment of their quarterback.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes that, "Giants players have grown exceedingly frustrated with the limitations of their offense under aging quarterback Eli Manning." Sources close to the situation claim that members of the team are worried about Manning's ability to throw the ball downfield, a sentiment that echoes Beckham's comments. La Canfora also writes that Giants players are bitter about the franchise's choice to pass on the next generation of elite quarterbacks in the draft. Management has an undying loyalty to Manning for helping guide the team to two Superbowls, but his teammates are aware that he is out of his prime. "Let's just say a quarterback change wouldn't be unwelcome," said one source who has talked to several Giants players.