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Giants GM: Notion Eli Manning is finished based on ‘false narrative’

The New York Giants continue to express faith in Eli Manning, with Dave Gettleman arguing that the notion the veteran quarterback is washed up is based upon a “false narrative.”

The Giants general manager, in an appearance Wednesday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” threw his support behind Manning.

“I really believe there has been a false narrative out there that Eli is finished, he’s done,” Gettleman said, as transcribed by SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “He had a heck of a year. … Eli is still a quality NFL quarterback. It wears me out, it really does.”

Gettleman’s insistence that Manning remains a high-caliber quarterback arguably can be justified by statistics, as the Giants signal-caller enjoyed a relatively successful season by that measure, completing 66 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.

It’s on film, however, where Manning’s perceived shortcomings become more evident. He often looks like a shell of his former self during some game situations, and it’s clear age has started to catch up with him.

All that said, the Giants need to prepare for the future regardless of the expectation that the starting job is Manning’s next season, something Gettleman also addressed.

“Obviously he’s 38 years old. Like Pat (Shurmur) said, he’s closer to 40 than he is to 20,” Gettleman said of Manning. “… Anyhow, the bottom line is yes we have to address (the future at QB). It’s reality. So when the time is right we will.”

It’s unclear if the Giants intend to address the quarterback situation in the draft, although reports suggest the team may be interested in making a blockbuster trade to acquire Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen.

How it all plays out remains to be seen, but it sure looks like Manning could be around for the long haul.

Suffice to say, a development as laid out above would be nothing short of shocking.