While speaking on Wednesday about being replaced as the Giants' starting quarterback by Daniel Jones and serving as his mentor, Eli Manning also left the door open to waiving his no-trade clause and winding up elsewhere before the season ends.
"Haven't thought much past this week, so just kind of taking it day-by-day and figuring that out," Manning said when asked if he anticipated being with the Giants for the remainder of the season.
"I'm just taking it day by day and figuring out how to run the scout team," Manning said when asked point blank if he would waive his no-trade clause.
Asked later if this was "the end of Eli Manning," the 38-year-old made light of the situation.
"Who knows? I'm not dying and the season is not over," he said. "There's a lot to be positive about, a lot to be grateful for. Just gonna accept my new role and make the best of it."
Manning, who has a full no-trade clause, is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the season.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Tuesday that Manning had no immediate plans to waive his no-trade clause, but that it was early and emotions were still raw.
Vacchiano added that if Manning did request a trade, the belief is that the Giants would try to honor that request.