A year ago GM Jerry Reese did something very much out of character for the New York Giants, acquiring middle linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers in the organization's first mid-season trade since getting running back Ottis Anderson from the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986.
Beason, of course, stabilized the Giants defense and helped the team win seven of its last 10 games. Considering the cost was a seventh-round pick, Beason was an excellent addition for Reese and the Giants.
With the Oct. 28 trade deadline approaching for the 2014 season, are there any players out there who could tempt Reese to once again make a mid-season move? Here are two names for your consideration.
Before the 2013 NFL Draft, there was a loud drumbeat amongst linebacker-starved Giants fans for the team to select Brown. Some wanted him in the first round instead of Justin Pugh. Many were certain the Giants would take him in the second round when, instead, they opted for mammoth defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.
That decision worked out well for the Giants, with Hankins looking like a dominant player and Brown turning into an afterthought with the Baltimore Ravens, who made him the 56th overall selection in the 2013 draft.
Brown played in 14 games last season, registering only a half-sack and 11 tackles. The Ravens have not even activated Brown for a single game this season.
Would Brown be worth a Beason-like flier, say a conditional seventh-round pick? Maybe he is a bust. Maybe, though, there is untapped talent.
The 1-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going nowhere, and there has been some speculation that they would be willing to trade the 31-year-old three-time Pro Bowler. The latest report is that the Bucs are not shopping Jackson. Might it make sense for Reese to see if the Bucs are willing to listen to an offer?
Jackson is a mammoth 6-foot-5, 241-pound receiver who has gone over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his last five full seasons. He has 447 receptions and 54 career touchdowns. Perhaps he is on the backside of his career, but with Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan gone for the season a player like this would be a huge asset to Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and the Giants offense.
Jackson, though, reportedly carries a $12.2 million cap hit for next season.
I doubt the Giants will make either of these moves, or any other pre-deadline trade. Are there, however, any other players you see as realistic targets for the Giants?