4 reasons the NY Giants were winners at the trade deadline

Joe Schoen got things right and he didn't panic

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1. Getting a big time haul for Leonard Williams

The only move we actually saw Schoen pull off at this year's deadline was trading away veteran defensive tackle Williams to the Seattle Seahawks. While it sucks to see the Big Cat go, we can't help but be happy about the return Schoen brought in for the former team captain. The Giants did have to eat a good portion of his remaining salary to make the deal work, but in exchange, they got a second-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft.

Considering that we saw the rival Commanders trade away former No. 2 overall pick Chase Young for just a third-round pick, it's pretty clear to see which team is run better. Not only is Williams on an expiring contract, but he's 29 years old and the Giants already have plenty of IDL depth on their roster.

While we're sure Williams will play a big role in Seattle, there really wasn't much point in keeping him around with how bad the team has been thus far. The Giants are 2-6 and with all the talent they already have on defense, it's a much better idea to just capitalize on the value Williams has now as opposed to letting him walk in free agency.

Williams has racked up 21 combined tackles, two sacks, 22 pressures, and a blocked field goal through eight games this season. Considering that he's done this while playing more of a decoy role for Dexter Lawrence, we're excited to see what he could do in Seattle as the main guy on that defensive line.