The 2019 NFL trade deadline is one week from today, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. ET. The New York Giants are 2-5 and, if they do anything between now and next Tuesday, far more likely to be sellers than buyers.
Simply put, at this stage it makes more sense for the Giants to sell off expensive veterans and acquire draft assets than add older players with big contracts.
So, do the Giants have any players other teams might want.
The most likely Giant to be moved
That has to be cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who, coincidentally, turns 31 next Tuesday. Jackrabbit is not a No. 1 shutdown corner, but he is still a pretty good player. He has a 77.2 passer rating against this season, 16th among 72 qualifying corners per Pro Football Focus. He’s intercepted three passes and given up three touchdowns. He also carries a $14.75 million cap hit this year and next.
The Giants are in a spot where they simply have to find out about some of the young cornerbacks who have not yet had opportunities. Sam Beal will be eligible to be activated for Week 9 vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Corey Ballentine should be back soon from his concussion. Julian Love has yet to get a chance.
About Eli Manning
I just don’t see any sort of fairy tale ending for Manning where a Super Bowl-ready team acquires him for one last run over the final half of the season. All of those teams have their guys, unless someone goes down to a season-ending inury in Week 8.
Manning also has that no-trade clause, and the belief has been that as much as he would like to play, he doesn’t want to leave New Jersey.
The Giants really don’t have a lot of other tradeable assets.
It would be nice to shed the last 21/2 years of the four-year, $42.75 milion deal Alec Ogletree has, but he’s not a difference-maker and it would be stunning if someone took him off the Giants’ hands.
Rhett Ellison carries a $5.75 million cap hit this season and a $6.25 million cap hit next year. Moving him is a nice idea, but who is really going to give up anything midseason for him?
Golden Tate? I keep seeing some suggest the Giants could or should deal Tate. Still in the first year of a four-year, $37.5 million deal with $22.95 million guaranteed I don’t see that happening. Tate is still a productive player and I don’t know how it would make sense to move the guy.