I know, I know. It may sound crazy, but after the dust settled in New York I firmly believe the Giants have made a good move by trading Odell Beckham Jr.
Sending Odell to Cleveland and receiving New Jersey native Jabrill Peppers, who will fill the same role as Landon Collins who recently signed with a division foe (Redskins), a first-round draft pick and a third-round draft pick may have set the Giants up for winning more games than last year.
Hear me out; New York has gotten themselves into a situation where they can fully commit to their rebuild by either drafting, or trading for a young QB. A lot of speculation has gone around with the idea of trading the number six and 17th draft pick to the Cardinals in exchange for the no. 1 draft pick in the 2019 draft. This scenario would mean that the Giants are fully invested in drafting Oklahoma University star Kyler Murray. Murray was an unbelievable talent at OU and will easily be the best and first QB taken in this years draft. Another talk involving Arizona is taking the number 17th pick and one of the two fourth-round picks and trading for the Cardinals second-year quarterback, Josh Rosen, who was said to be on the Giants radar in last year’s draft. New York can also decide to use the number six pick to add another defensive player such as Devin Bush from Michigan or Devin White from LSU, to play along side newly signed linebacker Markus Golden, who had 16.5 sacks ;last year for the Arizona Cardinals defense.
Rosen had a decent year at best in Arizona behind an awful offensive line; he threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions while completing 55 percent of his passes. Those are decent stats for a rookie who did not have much help on the offensive side of the ball. Of course, for Rosen to take over at QB, that means the Giants would have to part ways with the 38-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Manning had a mediocre year despite what the numbers show; most of his passes were check-downs to the leagues Rookie of The Year Saquon Barkley who preceded to break tackles and pat Manning’s stat line. Right now would be the best time to part ways with Manning as he commands $23 million in cap space that New York could use to fill needs in other areas of their team to make the team better than last year. Despite, of course, the loss of Beckham, who was their star receiver.
Beckham was obviously a star and huge personality in New York. But the trade, although frustrating, may have put New York in prime position to fill needs at other positions and make them a better all around team instead of a one-man show. To fill the void of Odell, The Giants have signed star receiver Golden Tate to a four-year deal, totaling $37.5 million, with $23 million of that guaranteed. Tate is the NFLs leader in forced missed tackles with 23 last season and fills a huge need as a possession receiver. The closest to him was none other than Odell Beckham Jr with 20.
No matter with a younger quarterback or the old game manager in Manning, if they play their draft and free agency right, the Giants can come out as a better team and shorten their rebuild to one single trade.
That load is shouldered by General Manager Dave Gettleman, who as of now is public enemy number one in New York. The one hope Giants fans should have is that Gettleman is seventy years old and will probably not want to sit through a full rebuild. Gettleman will more than likely do his best to put New York in a position to win as soon as possible. I believe, even though it may not look like it at this moment, Gettleman is on the right path and the Giants will be competitive right away and for years to come.