It does not make a lot of cents for the Giants to bring Eli Manning back at $23.2 million in 2019.
But after all the obituaries, after all the knockdowns, Manning has gotten back up, and it has become more apparent that it now makes sense.
The intrigue no longer is when Kyle Lauletta will get a start this season.
The intrigue is whether Manning is the best option at quarterback next season for John Mara and Steve Tisch, for Dave Gettleman, for Pat Shurmur.
He is still Your Mann.
Just not a $23 Million Mann.
Big Brother Peyton took a $4 million pay cut, from $19 million to $15 million, before the 2015 season with the Broncos. The contract included $2 million for winning the AFC Championship and $2 million for winning the Super Bowl. Which he did, at age 39, the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl.
Last time I checked, Eli had earned $219 million over his career.
Manning should take a PEYcut — with incentives — to offer relief to the club’s salary-cap situation, with Landon Collins likely up next to be paid. It would also afford Gettleman flexibility to accelerate the ongoing rebuilding program around Manning, not unlike the way Tom Brady has allowed Bill Belichick to operate in New England by repeatedly taking less than his market value.
A Manning PEYcut would also give him a better opportunity to leave on his own terms and hopefully retire as a Giant.