The NFL trade deadline is just a little over two weeks away (Oct. 29 at 4:00 p.m.) and teams will be looking to shed themselves of high-salaried players that no longer fit into their narrative.
The New York Giants (2-4) are a team in transition that fits the mold of a trading-deadline seller. They aren’t ready to win right now and have some players on their roster that probably won’t be here when the winning starts.
They currently have eight draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and could have nine if the league awards them a compensatory selection (presumably a third-rounder) for losing Landon Collins in free agency.
Matt Lombardo of NJ.com outlined three players the Giants could move this month and I tend to agree with his assessment.
Lombardo: “Ellison has one more year on his contract, but the Giants could go with the younger and cheaper option behind Evan Engram, in Garrett Dickerson for the rest of the season and free up $6.25 million in cap space with a $1.25 million dead money hit next season…Meanwhile, the Patriots have a need at tight end after releasing Benjamin Watson last Monday.”
Fennelly: Makes sense to me. The Giants like Ellison and he’s worked hard since he got here two years ago. He’s 31 and in his prime but by the time the Giants get around to winning, he might be gone anyway. They should do all parties a favor here and make the deal. What will they get in return, though? I would say no more than a fifth rounder, but look what GM Dave Gettleman did in the fifth round in this year’s draft (Ryan Connelly, Darius Slayton).
The Giants are loaded with young tight ends. Dickerson is just one of those. They also have Kaden Smith behind Evan Engram, who has developed into a Pro Bowl level player. Don’t forget they can also re-sign C.J. Conrad, who they had in camp this summer.