Evan Engram trade rumors: 3 ideal landing spots for NY Giants tight end

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (Image via The Enquirer)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (Image via The Enquirer) /
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The NY Giants and Evan Engram could both benefit from a change of scenery this offseason.

Engram, there is little question, is among the most athletically gifted and explosive tight ends in the NFL, but he was miscast in Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s scheme in 2020. He has struggled mightily with drops and finding consistency in recent years.

Last season, Engram made his first Pro Bowl, despite arguably the most disappointing performance of his career.

Charged with a whopping eight drops, Engram caught just 63 passes for 654 yards and one touchdown, as NY Giants quarterbacks had a passer rating of just 59 when targeting him.

Frequently, rather than sending Engram deep down the seam or trying to create mismatches downfield, Garrett deployed Engram on shallow crossing routes and on plays in the flat, as Engram struggled to be productive.

As the NY Giants aim to trim salary ahead of the new league year beginning, trading Engram would be a worthwhile move for GM Dave Gettleman to consider.

Engram is set to count $6.01 million against the cap in 2021, but a pre-June 1 trade — or release — would free up all $6.01 million in cap space, because his deal does not guarantee until the new league-year begins.

Should the NY Giants aim to trade Evan Engram, these three teams would be ideal landing spots:

3) Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals chose Drew Sample in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he has yet to truly breakout, despite catching passes from No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow for 10 games last season.

Sample has caught 45 career passes for 379 yards and one touchdown in 2020. But, tight end is a position that the Bengals will likely seek to upgrade this offseason, to continue adding potentially explosive talent around Burrow at the offensive skill positions.

Engram has the athleticism and explosiveness to produce big plays, particularly over the middle of the field, which can be a young quarterback’s best friend, he just hasn’t consistently been able to reach that potential in a Giants uniform. If the NY Giants do move on from Engram this offseason, the Bengals are well positioned, with $42.19 million in cap space, and Zac Taylor’s vertical scheme might be an ideal fit for Engram’s skill-set.