The NY Giants opted not to deal two of their sought after young players as NFL rumors swirled ahead of the trade deadline
The NY Giants stood pat at the NFL trade deadline Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean GM Dave Gettleman didn’t field calls on two of the most sought after players on the roster.
According to Sunday reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Giants had offers for tight end Evan Engram and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson, but declined to move either player.
A current NFL general manager and multiple NFL executives told GMenHQ prior to the trade deadline that Engram would be among the most sought after players on the Giants’ roster, and still carried meaningful trade value.
However, it is evident that despite not signing Engram to a long-term contract last offseason, and the veteran tight end’s slow start to this season that the Giants believe he is a foundational building block to the team’s future.
“We felt good about where we are,” Judge said moments after the deadline passed this week. “Obviously, there are a lot of phone calls that happen on days like this. We had a lot of calls coming in today for obviously a lot of players. But listen, there are some foundational pieces that we’re definitely looking to build with in this program.
“We’re happy with the way our players are working right now. We’re happy with the progress they’re making. This was a position right here that we want to keep building with this team right there. We want to keep building with the guys we have.”
While Gettleman faces an uncertain future as the Giants’ general manager, it seems as though the organization was not prepared to part with two players it views as part of its core.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.