New York Giants Fire Sale Underway

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

New York Giants general manager David Gettleman has been busy the past couple of days. He has traded corner back Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-round pick in 2020 on Monday. On Tuesday, defensive tackle Damon Harrison was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round pick.

With the trade deadline looming, the New York Giants have already started a fire sale. They are 1-6 to start the 2018 season. New York is 4-20 in their last 24 games. This is not the direction the Giants want to be heading in. Gettleman feels as if the rebuild is the way to go at this point.

He thought they were in win now mode before the season began and Gettleman outsmarted himself. There is nothing wrong with believing that the Giants were a contender because they do have talent on the roster.

I thought all they needed was a change at quarterback and then they would be serious contenders, but I guess I was wrong. A lot of speculation has been surrounded about Eli Manning being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars because of Tom Coughlin being in Jacksonville's front office.

The Giants do need to look at rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta at some point. They can't make the same mistake they made with Davis Webb last season.

Since Harrison and Apple is now gone from New York, who will be the next players to be traded?

The only players that should be safe is Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Kyle Lauletta and Landon Collins. Sterling Shepard should be safe as well, but who knows.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins and outside linebacker Olivier Vernon are two players that could be dealt in trades by the time Tuesday roles around.

Is it possible that left tackle Nate Solder gets traded as well? He hasn't lived up to his contract even though it is only his first year with New York.

As of right now, the New York Giants would own nine draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft and possibly more. They would have a first-round pick, a second-round pick, two fourth-round picks and a possible compensatory pick in that round, two fifth-round picks, a sixth-round pick, and two seventh-round picks.

I imagine that those numbers will increase before Tuesday's trade deadline. I am not sure how many draft picks he wants this offseason, but David Gettlemant needs to rebuild this team. They will most likely miss the postseason for sixth time in seven years.