Here are the NY Giants’ 4 worst trades in franchise history
There have been numerous trades in NY Giants’ history that haven’t worked out, including some of Dave Gettleman’s signature moves as general manager
The NY Giants have been involved in numerous trades over the years. Many have changed the landscape of the NFL and caused a ripple effect on the entire league. They didn’t all work out.
In most trades, there is a winner and a clear loser.
The Giants have come out on the winning end with trades such as the one for Eli Manning, OJ Anderson became a Super Bowl MVP, and there’s always the old days when the Giants Stole Andy Robustelli from the Rams.
But, not every trade has worked out for New York. There have been several cases of them taking a shot on a guy that didn’t work out.
Here, we take a look at some of the worst trades in NY Giants’ history.
No. 4 Worst Trade in NY Giants History: The Infamous Odell Beckham Jr. Trade
Here we go again.
The trade that will never let its hype fade away.
When the NY Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr., it was a shocking move to say the least. New York had just signed him to a five-year, $95 million extension just a few months prior, and he had another successful 1,000-yard campaign.
Beckham was traded to Cleveland with Olivier Vernon for a huge player-for-player deal with draft picks including Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and a 2019 1st round and 3rd round pick coming to NY.
Beckham famously said he believed the NY Giants sent him to Cleveland “to die”.
While it’s an exaggerated take, the trade hasn’t worked out much for either side.
The NY Giants used the two draft picks on Dexter Lawrence and Oshane Ximines. Dexter Lawrence has been the most impactful, consistent player in the trade for the Giants. However, he still isn’t much of a pass-rusher and that pick would’ve been better off using that pick on an EDGE player like Montez Sweat (taken 26th overall by WFT).
Ximines has been virtually nonexistent throughout his entire career. After flashing with 4.5 sacks his rookie year, he’s had zero through the last two seasons and missed 12 games in 2020.
Zeitler was a fine NY Giants player and their best lineman for two seasons. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to fix the offensive line and his bloated contract ended with him being a salary cut. The Giants had two losing seasons with him and got no compensation back for the most accomplished, proven player outside of Odell in this trade.
Lastly, Peppers has been a safety of mixed bags as a Giant.
He struggled in 2019 his first year with the team before excelling for a career-best season in 2020. Unfortunately, he missed five games to end the season and then only played in five and a half this year before tearing his ACL. To make matters worse, he’s in a contract year and his status as a NY Giant is very much in question. Jabrill has been a solid, respected player in the locker room and has been voted as a team captain but he hasn’t stayed healthy or been consistent enough on the field.
The NY Giants’ passing offense has been anemic in Beckham’s absence since 2018. It simply hasn’t had the same ability to create separation and find open seams in the defensive backfields. There isn’t a game-breaking threat at the receiver position to complement Saquon Barkley (when he’s healthy).
Trading Beckham was a mistake at the time and it never worked out. The NY Giants ate over $15 million in dead cap just for him NOT to be on the team which seemed like a football and financially responsive decision. The team has only gotten worse in his absence and three slow starts have again ended the Giants’ seasons before it ended.