The end of Eli Manning‘s tenure with the New York Giants may not be as close as expected.

Though the Giants drafted Davis Webb in the third round, team owner John Mara isn’t pushing for the California product to start anytime soon. Mara said he wasn’t against drafting a quarterback early, but the move didn’t set Manning’s transition out of the starter’s role in stone.

“I am in the room with (general manager Jerry Reese) and I do give the final approval to everybody that we take,” Mara told “The Rich Eisen Show” about Webb’s selection, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “But I was hoping that we would take a quarterback at some point. I’ve always held the belief that you could never draft too many of them.

“I think it’s a little too premature to be anointing this guy as the heir apparent to Eli. (Webb) hasn’t set foot on the field yet. But he has a lot of talent and we’re looking forward to seeing what we’ve got when he gets here. But let’s not – as Bill Parcells used to say – let’s not get his bust ready for Canton just yet.”

Webb may not see the field much as a rookie with veteran Geno Smith expected to be the backup in New York. Webb was the fifth quarterback drafted in 2017 and only the fourth pass-thrower the team has selected since Manning came aboard.

While Mara threw water on the idea that Webb just has to wait his turn before starting in New York, he’s open to the possibility the third-rounder is a future franchise quarterback.

“He’s a talented guy but let’s let him get on the field and let’s let him play in the preseason and develop,” Mara said. “If he’s the successor, that’s great, but if not, then we’ll find somebody else.”

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