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Dave Gettleman — Alec Ogletree will be Giants’ “defensive quarterback”

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Trade has finally become official

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The New York Giants have made official the acquisition of Los Angeles Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree. The trade for Ogletree, reported last week, became official when the new league season began at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Giants gave fourth- and sixth round pick to Los Angeles as a part of the deal and will receive as seventh-round pick as well. The trade leaves the Giants with five selections in the upcoming NFL Draft.

“We’re very excited to have made the trade for Alec,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “He gives us our defensive quarterback. He was a two-time captain with the Rams, voted on by his teammates. He’s a leader, and that’s very important to us. Just as important, he’s a quality three-down MIKE linebacker. We’re just thrilled to have him.”

The Giants did have to give up two draft picks to bring in a linebacker of Ogletree’s caliber but Gettleman isn't worried about that.

“When you get a player of this quality, you can do it,” Gettleman said. “Alec is 26. He’s young, he’s under contract for the next four years. We really thought he was a great guy to add.”

The Giants were desperately in need of linebacker help as both Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas are free agents. Ogletree played each of his first five seasons with the Rams. Last season, he had 63 solo tackles, 2 sacks and an interception.

The Giants also added DE/OLB Kareem Martin in free agency.