By Curt Macysyn
The New York Giants slow walk toward replacing quarterback Eli Manning won’t help them in the long run.
As much as general manager Dave Gettleman wants to be deliberate in what he does for the New York Giants, there’s always a high degree of risk involved dealing with the quarterback position in the NFL. That’s not to say we’re encouraging high-risk behavior in this endeavor, we’re clearly not.
But even with a high level of due diligence, draft pick quarterbacks run the gamut. The quarterback class at the 2004 NFL Draft featured Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. That’s the gold standard, even though none of these guys won a Heisman Trophy.
Fast forward 11 years, when two former Heisman winners went No.1 and No. 2. Florida State’s Jameis Winston was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota got scooped up by the Tennessee Titans.
As their five-year rookie contracts reach the conclusion of their initial terms, it’s a distinct possibility that their draft teams say “enough is enough” by declining to re-sign these players. Top draft picks, who won Heisman Trophies, washing out, who could have predicted...