The New York Giants franchise has no direction right now, and fans can’t honestly say otherwise.
The New York Giants traded star receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick, a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. And they are on the hook for $16 million in dead cap space this season for OBJ to play in Cleveland.
I guess that’s the good news.
The initial thought on this trade is that Big Blue got robbed and general manager Dave Gettleman has no clue what’s next for this franchise. The New York Giants demonstrated by this trade that they want to rebuild, but still have an aging Eli Manning on the roster.
At this point it doesn’t matter whether they think he has anything in the tank left, they almost certainly have to cut Manning and move on. The Giants are full-scale rebuild after letting three talented players go in less than a week. There’s no hiding it, there’s no denying it, yet the franchise and some of its fans, still seem to be fighting this notion.
So far, the reviews on the trade haven’t been pretty, and they probably shouldn’t be. The New York Giants let one of the best wide receivers in the NFL go for a mediocre return coming back to the G-Men.
Wrap your head around this: Beckham is the only player in the Super Bowl era with two seasons of 1,000 yards in 12 games or fewer. His impact on the field can’t be denied or minimized.
Remember, Giants fans were constantly told by Gettleman that the team didn’t sign Beckham to trade him. Yet the idea that Beckham trades were floated around, made many people doubted the rumors. Reporters and analysts were lambasted at the suggestion of a trade.
And still here we are.
Many questions have to be answered by the GM, as they gave Beckham the massive deal only to trade him with significant monetary implications. They let safety Landon Collins go rather than deal him at the NFL trade deadline last season
And so far, they been a secondary player in free agency.
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These three moves indicate a full rebuild is in the works, but they are also keeping a 38-year old quarterback Eli Manning. They vision pairing Manning with running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Evan Engram and receiver Sterling Shepard in a West Coast offense.
That’s the game plane right now. Don’t blink, however, it might change.
What’s Next ? Does the GM even know ?
Now the next question becomes what do the New York Giants do at the NFL Draft ? Does this trade help them move up to make sure they secure a pick of either quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray?
Or are the New York Giants going to take a combo of a QB and another position at No. 6 and No. 17 ? It remains to be seen but the best thing for the Giants should be to take the quarterback, if they like one this year.
It would seem that a complete rebuild requires a change at quarterback too.
For now, there are still more questions than answers in Giants-land. Does the team release Eli Manning, or does he retire? Do they draft a quarterback in the first-round? Do they continue to fall into the NFL’s laughing stock category?
It’s hard to imagine the discussion between Gettleman and ownership about the direction of the franchise. It seems to be stuck in mud, without a true commitment to anyone or anything. If you ask me the Giants got fleeced in this trade, and Dave Gettleman has no discernible direction for this franchise right now.