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, but things change. Another team made an offer we couldn't refuse." – GM Dave Gettleman
— New York Giants (@Giants) March 18, 2019
“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:
Dave Gettleman: Once we got the Oline fixed, look at what we did the second half of the year. This narrative that Eli can’t play and is overpaid is a crock. #Giants
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) March 18, 2019
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:
#Giants had about $43 million in dead money last year. Already at $33.5 million this year. Thats a horrible two year run
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) March 17, 2019
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?