The New York Giants reportedly turned down the Green Bay Packers’ offer of a “mid-round pick” in exchange for defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson at the NFL trade deadline. The Giants also reportedly rebuffed offers for tight end Evan Engram, insisting on a first-round pick
The Tomlinson news is an interesting development as the 26-year-old is in the final year of his rookie contract and can be a free agent at the end of the season. Multiple reports have indicated that the Giants and Tomlinson have made no progress toward a new contract.
Tomlinson was voted a team captain by his teammates and is on pace for a career-high 66 tackles.
Another interesting piece to the puzzle is that fellow defensive lineman Leonard Williams can also be a free agent at the end of the season. With the salary cap expected to shrink for the 2021 season, it would seem difficult for the Giants to keep both players.
Engram dropped a critical pass against the Philadelphia Eagles, has not had a successful season to date and has a checkered injury history. Still, it seems like the Giants believe he is part of their future.
Still, Joe Judge was clear after the trade deadline that the Giants like many of the players they have and want to build with their current roster, not tear it down.
“We felt good about where we are,” Judge said. “There are some foundational pieces that we’re definitely looking to build with in this program. We’re happy with the way our players are working right now. We’re happy with the progress they’re making. This was a position right here that we want to keep building with this team right there. We want to keep building with the guys we have. We have a lot of confidence in the guys we have, and they’re hard work is paying off.”
Now the question will be whether or not the Giants can find the money to Tomlinson beyond this season.