3 players on the trade market the NY Giants must avoid

Dec 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) in the
Dec 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) in the / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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While the NY Giants could use help at multiple positions leading up to Week 1, this does not mean they can, or should trade for just about anyone. There's plenty of speculation that the Giants could trade their first-rounder for a veteran playmaker. As nice as it would be to add some elite talent to this roster, the Giants only have so much cap space and draft capital to surrender.

Alongside this, some players simply aren't worth the price teams are asking for and are washed up compared to what they once were. For one reason or another, Joe Schoen must avoid trading for any of these three players who are currently available on the trade market:

3. Cardinals S Budda Baker

Following a tumultuous season for the Cardinals, combined with multiple defensive players leaving or retiring this offseason, Arizona's star safety Budda Baker has officially requested a trade. This has opened the door for a plethora of teams to potentially add the five-time Pro Bowler to their roster. Despite this, we don't think the Giants should be one of the teams going all in on him.

Normally, adding someone like Baker would be a dream come true considering just how talented of a player he is. However, he has a cap hit of $16.8 million this season and that number will be bumped up to $17.9 million in 2024.

Baker is an incredible player who is likely worth that kind of money, don't get us wrong. However, the Giants likely cannot afford this talent without making some ridiculous moves. This includes restructuring Leonard Williams' deal, extending Dexter Lawrence and likely releasing some players.

Last season, Baker racked up 110 combined tackles while missing just 15. In addition to this, Baker allowed 28 receptions on 35 targets for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. There are few better run-support safeties in the NFL, however, his abilities in coverage leave much to be desired considering how much he is paid.

Regardless, the Giants might not want to structure their entire remaining cap space around one player, let alone a safety when this year's NFL Draft is full of great talent at the position. They should pass here.