Dave Gettleman Explains OBJ Trade, Defends Eli Manning

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Put me in the group of people who didn’t understand the OBJ move.

Sure, in a vacuum, getting a 1st, a 3rd, and Jabrill Peppers while clearing cap space makes sense for a rebuilding team. Problem is, are the Giants rebuilding or not? They drafted Saquon Barkley last year, gave him 350 touches, and then committed to 37 year old Eli Manning for another season.

GM Dave Gettleman has sort of been all over the place, hasn’t he? Some of the individual moves make sense, but they don’t seem to complement each other. They aren’t being executed on a timeline that makes sense to me.

He said this today:

We didn’t sign Odell to trade him,” was originally said just two months ago, when trade rumors started popping up.

But they did. They traded their best receiver, got a good haul back, then went and gave Golden Tate a four year, $37.5 million contract with about $13 million guaranteed. That doesn’t seem like the type of contract you offer a 30-year-old veteran if you’re rebuilding. It’s not the 1-2 move that kind of team makes.

Even if the Giants draft a quarterback this year (say Dwayne Haskins at #2), then sit him behind Eli for a year, he’s then becoming a starter in Saquon’s third year, when he’ll be 23 years old with upward of 700 NFL touches. And who is your first-year starting QB throwing the ball to outside of Tate, Evan Engram, and maybe Sterling Shepherd?

There’s also this from Gettleman:

It’s true that Manning was better towards the end of the year. And the Giants are making improvements to an offensive line that gave up 47 sacks last year. They traded for Kevin Zeitler and drafted a left guard of the future in Will Hernandez last spring. They put money into the left tackle position with Nate Solder.

Gettleman also said the Giants were not offered a first round pick for Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, who joined the Redskins in free agency.

I think this is also worth pointing out:

So yeah. I don’t get it. Some of this makes sense. A lot of it doesn’t. What are the Giants trying to do here?


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  • Pop pop in the am March 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Forget Giants GM, Howie is messing up big time. I wrote an article about it.

    • Dan Griffoni March 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      OBJ is a head and hes going to blow in the Browns face. Solidify your wangalang, have a generational talent at waterboy, draft your future coach this year…how is this a crazier plan than resigning a 37 year old tackle and bringing back a hot WR?

  • Vern March 18, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Check out the live acoustic Imagine Dragons concert on YouTube. Unbelievably good.

  • So Taguchi - Phillies Legend March 18, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    OBJ is a headcase and hes going to blow up in the Browns face. Solidify your O-line, have a generational talent at RB, draft your future QB this year…how is this a crazier plan than resigning a 37 year old tackle and bringing back a diva WR past his prime?

  • larry March 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    sooo…no Monday roundup?

  • Pat the hat March 18, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Tough getting going today after all that boozing this past weekend.

  • Kate Devlin March 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Lol, what are the Giant’s even doing? I don’t think they even have a plan! Should be an interesting season!

    – Kate

  • Lol March 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Another banner day at Crossing Broad.

    I guess Kev is just refreshing Twitter endlessly, hoping something happens? Fantastic stuff.

    Really looking forward to seeing the Crossing Broad gang on Thurs.

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