I’m no cap expert, but I know Eli represents a large percentage towards the salary cap. One of the great benefits of having a QB on a rookie contract, is the ability to load up with the remainder of the roster. If the Giants draft Darnold/Rosen/Allen, are we wasting QB development & potential salary cap savings by keeping Eli? My question is this:
1. How much money in cap savings would cutting Eli loose save, and how many players could that potentially yield in free agency?
Eli is my favorite athlete of all time, it goes without saying. But, for the overall health of this franchise going forward, drafting a QB at 2 & giving him the reins may make the most sense. Paying a QB less money & building the roster could be a big advantage.
The biggest issue with keeping Eli imv, it just delays the inevitable. It is very idealistic to say he is going to mentor the rookie & lead NYG to the playoffs. What happens when the Giants are 4-5 and the fans are clamoring for Darnold/Rosen/Allen? Are we all going to go through last years ordeal again? It just feels like the franchise would be in the same boat again next year. It makes so much sense to link Shurmur with any of these QB’s to set up the future.