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Could Eli Manning be back in the mix for the Giants?

Eli Manning of the New York Giants walks

Eli Manning of the New York Giants walks on the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Eli Manning has made it clear that he does not want to return to the Giants and not play.

“I doubt it,” he said the day after the 2019 season ended. “Backing up is not real fun.”

That won’t stop the Giants from offering that role to him, though.

Asked about Manning returning to a team that seems to have Daniel Jones entrenched as the starting quarterback, co-owner John Mara said he has not closed any doors on the 39-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP, who started only four games in 2019.

“Eli came to see me a few days ago and we had a nice, long talk,” Mara said on WFAN on Friday. “I don’t think he’s fully decided yet what he wants to do. And I told him to just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again.”

Would Manning, a free agent, consider backing up Jones for a second season?

“Obviously, that’s something that Joe Judge is going to have something to say about as well,” Mara said. “And I’m not sure that that’s what Eli wants to do. But again, he needs to think about it a little bit more.”

Mara said he spoke with Manning about other roles in the organization.

“He’s going to take his time,” Mara said, “and we’ll hopefully have another discussion at some point.”

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