There are those who wonder whether Manning is a player in decline at age 33. This is a question that has not gone unasked within the ranks of the Giants’ front office. It is part of the reason the Giants decided not to try this offseason to extend Manning’s contract, which runs through 2015, even though doing so would have offered them significant salary cap relief. They would like to see him pull out of his downward trend before they commit to his late 30s. Their hope is that he has a big year and that extending him next offseason makes sense.
Eli could be declining, or his awful 2013 season could have been due to the fact that his offensive line couldn’t keep him upright for the first time in his career and he didn’t have a strong running game to help their passing offense.