With less than a week to go prior to the NFL trade deadline, a market may be developing for New York Giants tight end Evan Engram.
NFL insider Jeremy Fowler reported Wednesday morning that “multiple teams are expressing interest” in the Giants’ fifth-year tight end.
“There’s genuine affinity league-wide for his skill set despite the lack of elite production,” Fowler said. “The Giants could be faced with a decision on him.”
Engram, the Giants’ 2017 first-round pick (the last first-round pick of the Jerry Reese era) has long been a lightning rod for frustrated Giants’ fans. Despite an attractive skillset, a penchant for drops and a lengthy injury history have soured many on Engram. He was booed for coming on the field and cheered for leaving it after a Week 3 fumble against the Atlanta Falcons.
Engram is playing this year on his fifth-year option and can enter the free agent market in the offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles recently traded three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals for rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick. The expectation from those I have talked to seems to be that Engram, who has 20 catches in five games this season, won’t command that much. He likely would only bring back a late-round pick to the Giants as compensation.
Is that enough for the Giants to move on from him? That might depend on whether or not the Giants see Engram as part of their future beyond the 2021 season.