Tim Hasselbeck, a former Giants quarterback and current NFL analyst for ESPN,thinks if New York are in a rebuilding phase Manning should be on the chopping board as well.
The Giants wanted to move Vernon on as he is due $15.25million in base salary for the next two years.
As part of the deal the Browns are giving up guard Kevin Zeitler and a 5th round pick, with the Giants also adding a 4th round pick to go with Vernon.
Few would deny the Giants are in a rebuilding phase, as there are only 13 players remaining since the arrival of general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur just over a year ago.
Hasselbeck, who was a backup quarterback to Manning in New York for 2005/06, thinks the Giants should not keep a quarterback in the twilight years of his career who is not helping the team win games.
“It looks like the Giants are rebuilding,” Hasselbeck said after details of the Vernon trade emerged.
“The interesting thing about rebuilding is they have had one winning season over the last six.
“So you are kind of rebuilding a team, that wasn’t necessarily very good.
“I think you have to look at it that way.”
Manning is set to enter his 16th season in the NFL and has one year remaining on his current deal, which pays a base salary of $11.5m in 2019.
And Hasselbeck believes the Giants should be looking to overhaul the quarterback position this season and not wait until 2020.
“You are still paying a 38-year-old quarterback, kind of starter money,” he said on ESPN’s NFL Live Today show.
“So it almost looks like everywhere but quarterback is in a rebuild mode, which I think if you are going to do it, I think you would do it all at once, rather than let the quarterback thing hang over you for even longer.”
However, Shurmur has made it clear he’s backing Manning for next season.
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Shurmur said: “I think Eli can help us win games.
“And he proved when we started — the players around him started playing better — that he can play at a high level and help us win games. At this point, I want Eli back. He’s back and ready to go.”
Manning finished last season with 4,299 yards passing and 21 touchdowns while throwing 11 interceptions.
The Giants finished the year losing three straight games to end the regular season with a 5-11 record and rooted at the bottom of the NFC East.
It was the second consecutive season New York had finished with a losing record.
If the Giants are looking to bring in a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft and have him learn under Manning for a season, Hasselbeck warns it’s going to be tough for the veteran if New York are not winning games.
“The Giants haven’t been good,” Hasselbeck said.
“If you are not going to have a winning season, it’s hard to keep the 38-year-old guy as your starter, with a first-rounder sitting on the bench.”