Trade Eli Manning? Not in a Big Blue moon.
The face of the New York Football Giants just can’t imagine it.
It’s just not realistic, either.
“I haven’t thought about the trade scenario,’’ the embattled quarterback said Tuesday during his weekly radio spot on WFAN — the day after his team dropped to 1-6 with a 23-20 loss to the Falcons in a pitiful offensive showing that was not as close as the score indicated.
“Hey, this organization is the only team I played for and the only thing I know,” Manning said. “I love the Giants. It’s hard to imagine being with another organization.’’
Still, on a day the Giants did, in fact, trade another Eli — Apple, to the Saints — the murmur among Giants fans to move on from Manning increased on talk radio and on social media, if not in front NFL front offices.
In any case, Manning reportedly has a no-trade clause, which in the past he has said he would not waive.
“That would be news to me,” coach Pat Shurmur said in his WFAN spot, regarding any plans the Giants might have of dealing Manning.
With the Jaguars’ Blake Bortles struggling, speculation in recent days has focused on a possible deal to Jacksonville, which would reunite Manning with Jags Executive VP Tom Coughlin, who coached Manning to a pair of Super Bowl wins.
But even if Manning were open to moving on from the Giants’ dreary prospects this season, that’s a non-starter, according to reports.
“Jaguars not trading for QB, which includes Eli, as much love as EVP Tom Coughlin has for him,” ESPN’s NFL guru, Chris Mortensen, tweeted.
For his part, Manning maintained a brave face — even telling WFAN, “No one’s running away with” the NFC East.
“We have to keep fighting, keep expecting to score every time we get the ball,” Manning said.
He also said: “It’s tough. It challenges you every day. … You’re searching for anything, any answers to help you.”
“There were opportunities there, I think. … It’s just not quite good enough.”
“We have to score points when we get in the red zone. … It hurts us.”
Manning also sang the Blues, looking back on better times.
“It didn’t seem as hard for some of those years,’’ he said. “You’re like, ‘How do we get back to that?’ It’s funny how things can change.’’
But one thing not changing is Eli Manning’s uniform.