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Giants will acquire LB Alec Ogletree from LA Rams — report

Giants make a huge move to improve their linebackers

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The New York Giants linebacker corps will get a much-needed boost in 2018 as the Giants will acquire Alec Ogletree from the Los Angeles Rams.

Per Adam Schefter, the Giants are sending fourth-and sixth-round picks to the Rams for Ogletree. The Giants will also receive a 2019 seventh-round pick. Per Tom Rock, the fourth-round pick the Giants are sending to the Rams is the compensatory pick, which is 135th overall.

The Giants still have five picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, Nos. 2, 34, 66, 102 and 139.

Ogletree, 26, was a 2013 first-round pick by the Rams. He signed a four-year, $42.75 million extension with the Rams last fall. Ogletree will count $10 million against the salary cap, $3 million in base salary and a $7 million roster bonus. The Giants could turn that into a pro-rated signing bonus spread over the life of the contract to lower the cap hit.

The Giants have roughly $24 million in cap space before accounting for this trade.

Ogletree, if you remember, is the linebacker who tangled with Odell Beckham Jr. after a late hit out of bounds during a game between the Rams and Giants in 2014. Four players were ejected after that scuffle.

Ogletree has started 67 games in his five-year career. He had 95 tackles, two sacks and 10 passes defensed last season.

The Giants, with a new defensive coordinator in James Bettcher and with B.J. Goodson the only impact linebacker on the roster, were expected to move to improve that position group this offseason. Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas and Kelvin Sheppard are all free agents.

Pro Football Focus has not been impressed by Ogletree’s work since his rookie season. Ogletree had only a 38.9 PFF grade in 2017, ranking him in PFF’s “poor” category.

BBV’s Dan Pizzuta does not appear to be happy with this deal.

Former Giant linebacker and current radio analyst Carl Banks is happy about the move.

Are you happy with it, Giants fans?

Here is the reaction from the Rams side via Turf Show Times.


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