Giants concerned Eli Manning is entering the declining stage of his career

Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

New York Giants quarterback underwent an arthroscopic ankle procedure Thursday. That has some worried about his health and according to Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Giants are concerned Manning could be entering the back half of his career, the downward slope.

Graziano writes:

"There are those who wonder whether Manning is a player in decline at age 33. This is a question that has not gone unasked within the ranks of the Giants’ front office. It is part of the reason the Giants decided not to try this offseason to extend Manning’s contract, which runs through 2015, even though doing so would have offered them significant salary cap relief."

Manning is coming off a rough season that saw him throw a career high 27 interceptions. Still there were a lot of issues within the Giants offense that could shoulder some of the responsibility for the Giants poor performance. The Giants might be wise to wait, but Manning has bounced back from rough seasons before.