UPDATE: The Giants officially announced that Manning has retired from the NFL. A presser is set for Friday.
Giants owner John Mara commented on the announcement from Manning:
John Mara on the retirement of Eli Manning: ""For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) January 22, 2020
New York Giants QB Eli Manning will announce his retirement on Friday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jordan Raanan reported Wednesday evening.
Eli Manning will hold a news conference Friday to announce his retirement, sources tell @JordanRaanan and me.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 22, 2020
It feels like the writing has been on the wall for Eli the past 2-3 seasons with the Giants failing to make the playoffs for a third straight season. Though lets not let that cloud the fact that Manning will retire as perhaps the best QB in Giants history, leading the team to two Super Bowl championships. He helped New York defeat the New England Patriots twice in the Super Bowl — in 2007 and again in 2011.
Manning was benched in favor of rookie QB Daniel Jones in Week 3 of the 2019 regular season. Eli would come on at the end of the season to play in two more games, foreshadowing his retirement. Now, Jones will lead the Giants into the future along with RB Saquon Barkley.
Manning, 39, finishes his NFL career with a record of 117-117, a clean .500 winning percentage — that’s pretty fitting. He threw for 57,023 yards and 366 TDs with 244 INTs in 236 career games over 16 seasons. His record in the playoffs was 8-4, including the two Super Bowl runs, as well as four other appearances.