2016 Free Agent Quarterbacks

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Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning is set to explode in 2015 in his second year in Ben McAdo’s high power west coast offense. The ball will be slinging all over the field and began to click in the second half of last year where he finished top five in multiple categories. Odell Beckham Jr. was a large part in this and is widely considered the ESPY’s Breakthrough Player of the Year. The New York Giants added Shane Vereen to catch lots of passes out of the backfield. Victor Cruz is back but coming off one of the most brutal sports injury and will have tempered expectations. Reuben Randle and Larry Donnell will also be in the mix as well. This offense is legit.

The chance Eli Manning doesn’t return back to his team after coming off of a potential career year is very, very slim. The Giants have won multiple Super Bowls with Eli Manning and he has been the face of the franchise for the past decade. Teams do not let franchise quarterbacks leave unless there are question marks with either injuries (Peyton Manning) or there is a great backup quarterback waiting to succeed (Brett Farve with Aaron Rodgers). The Giants do not have to worry about Eli’s health who has been very healthy in his entire year. The Giants also do not have a backup quarterback ready to fulfill his shoes. The Giants will win lots of games in the regular season and won’t have a high draft pick to land a potential rookie quarterback.

Eli Manning would obviously be a great fit with the Texans but it simply is not going to happen unless something drastically changes in the next 12 months. However, there is another “elite” quarterback set to hit the free agent market after this season.

Next: Philip Rivers