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Eli Manning understands Ryan Nassib someday might replace him

Eli Manning speaks as the Giants held a

Eli Manning speaks as the Giants held a media availability at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford N.J. (April 17, 2013) Credit: Tim Farrell

When the Giants traded up and grabbed quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday, it did not make Eli Manning think about the eventual end of his career with the team.

No, he'd already been contemplating that.

"I understand that one day it will end," Manning said at the March of Dimes March for Babies in Manhattan yesterday morning. "And the thing about it in this league is you never know when that day will come. You never know what's going to happen, so you have to take advantage of it and work hard to make sure that every year that you play, you do everything you can to win another championship."

The 32-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP will not be competing with Nassib for a job in 2013 -- veteran backup David Carr will be -- but the selection of the Syracuse standout was a reminder to everyone that Manning will not be the Giants' quarterback in perpetuity.

The Giants are starting to think about life A.E. -- After Eli -- and perhaps Nassib will play a role in that plan.

Not that anyone, especially not Manning, is ready for that to happen anytime soon.

"I feel like I'm playing at a high level, this is the prime of my career and I appreciate my job every day," he said. "I'm fortunate that I get to play quarterback in the NFL and I love all the aspects, the work that goes into it. And I'm still hungry to improve my game, to get better and to win more championships in New York."

Manning said he called Nassib on Saturday to welcome him to the team and open the lines of communication. He will be asked to help groom Nassib, but Manning also is asking the rookie for help.

"I'll help Ryan in any way I can, try to get him up to speed in what's going on," Manning said, "and I'll ask him for help also breaking down film once everything gets started. I'm looking forward to that relationship."

Manning said he expected the Giants to invest in a quarterback who eventually could take his place. He's started 135 straight regular-season games with no signs of slowing down, but that streak is always a twisted ankle or sprained knee away from ending.

"I think it's always good to have a young quarterback who can come in and be prepared," Manning said. "You never know what happens in this league and you always have to have quality players on your team at quarterback. I think it's a good thing and I'm looking forward to working with a young guy."

Giants, free agents talkingWith the draft over, the Giants went about negotiating and signing some of the leftover players. Though the team will not officially announce the signings until just before rookie minicamp May 10, and negotiations sometimes take a turn, the Giants have reached out to the following players, according to various reports and social media updates: tight end Chase Clement, LSU; linebacker Etienne Sabino, Ohio State; linebacker Charles Dieuseul, Mount Union; safety Alonzo Tweedy, Virginia Tech, and defensive back Charles James, Charleston Southern.

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