INDIANAPOLIS – Dave Gettleman dreams of leaving the Giants.
"I would like to create a franchise quarterback for this place, then watch it from Cape Cod and enjoy it thoroughly," the 67-year-old Giants general manager told the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. "It would be a gift."
It's a gift that continues to make, like Ernie Accorsi – Gettleman's good friend (he calls him "one of the best consuls in the world") – awarded Eli Manning the Giants in 2004. Fifteen years later , Manning remains and will return as a starting quarterback in 2019, with Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur confirming what The Post has reported several times in recent weeks.
"Well, I think Eli can help us win games," said Shurmur. "When the players around him started to play better, he proved that he could play at a very high level and help us win games.
"Yes, at this point, I want Eli to come back. He is back. Prepare to accompany him.
In fact, Gettleman did not make it clear that Manning would return, but at the beginning of the game, before the agency is released and before the NFL draft, Gettleman prefers not to fall into the absolute. However, he is moving forward with Manning and knows how he wants this scenario to unfold with his 38-year-old quarterback.
"The Kansas City model has worked really well, how are things going?" Said Gettleman.
This model: Play with an experienced and experienced quarterback (Alex Smith) while talented rookie hopeful (Patrick Mahomes) waits behind the scenes, learning while watching the sideline for a season. Then, transition seamlessly.
"It's not a mystery, Eli is closer to 40 than 20," Shurmur said. "It's not a mystery. And we will certainly try to do our best to recruit the best players, especially the one who plays the quarter. "
Gettleman and Shurmur will spend the week evaluating all the prospects of the combine and will certainly pay special attention to quarterbacks. Choice # 6 belongs to the Giants in the repechage, and Gettleman has already done his share of screenings, entering the university circuit to see quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones, Will Grier and Drew Lock play in person. Gettleman and Shurmur also watched Ryan Finley and Jarrett Stidham move closer to the Senior Bowl.
There is no guarantee, of course, that the Giants will see one or the other of these quarterbacks worthy of choice number 6.
A year ago, the Giants, with the second overall pick, avoided a quarter and selected offensive midfielder Saquon Barkley. Gettleman and Shurmur insist that they do it again.
In the past, Shurmur has expressed his preference for the biggest quarterbacks, but has been recoiling when he was asked about Murray, who should not reach 5 feet 10 inches when he is measured here this week.
"Quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes," Shurmur said.
According to The Post, the Giants do not have a place on Murray at this stage of the evaluation process because of its small size, but they will have a better idea of him when they meet him this week. Haskins fits the profile of a larger quarterback.
"It's a massive decision," said Gettleman. "It's the face of your franchise. He must have all he needs for all the right reasons. You can not go to bed at night worry if it will arrive on time. "
Gettleman promised to take a "brutally honest" look at all of Manning's work in 2018 before making his decision to stay with him or move on. This film study convinced Gettleman that Manning can still function as an NFL quarterback winner, despite the 8-23 record with him as a starter of the past two seasons.
"I really thought about it, the story around Eli over the last four years has been very negative," said Gettleman. "And there is an old adage, you lie long enough, you believe it. I think the story was negative and I do not think it was right. "
Manning is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to have $ 23.2 million on the salary cap, suggesting that his return would depend on a salary cut to ease that cap. Gettleman said, "You have to watch everything, I'm not going to lie." He then added, "I'm not saying I'm going to do anything," and chuckled.
"He is under contract and he is paid what he is paid for," Gettleman said. "People have said to me," Maybe he'll do what [older brother] Peyton did it. I will not go there yet. We have the time. ''
Peyton Manning accepted a $ 4 million pay cut with the Broncos in 2015.
If a rookie is high in the repechage, Gettleman is convinced that Manning will not back down.
"Eli will always be an accomplished professional," said Gettleman.
Shurmur said, "I think a young player would benefit greatly."
Taking a quarter in the first round could actually trigger Manning.
"You can not be afraid of pushing back a player," said Gettleman, adding, "You have to create a competition in every position, because otherwise, human nature unfortunately takes over and sometimes the guy gets a little lazy." think it's anointed and all those other things. "
Gettleman did not say or imagine that Manning had become lazy, but when asked if the competition could improve Manning's game, he replied, "This is likely to happen."
As for the possibility of acquiring a quarterback – or any other player – Gettleman said: "No courage, no glory, kid."