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Isaiah Simmons trade grades: How did the Giants do in deal with Cardinals?

Voters in BBV poll overwhelmingly approve of the deal

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New York Giants’ fans appear to be ecstatic about the team’s acquisition of linebacker Isaiah Simmons from the Arizona Cardinals. Seventy-seven percent (5,354) of 6,988 voters in our poll gave the trade an ‘A’.

The Giants acquired the 2020 No. 8 overall pick from the Cardinals in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Here is a sampling of some of the comments from our story reporting the trade:

1000 comments on what would have been a quiet Thursday afternoon.
So this is what above average GMing is all about. I'm just spitballing here but what if, and it's a big if, guys like Waller and Simmons, who were huge talents who their current teams gave up on, play a big role in us winning. That would be sweet.
Remind me not to play poker with Joe Schoen.
What a deal! I questioned earlier today why in the world any team would give up even a seventh rounder for Trey Lance. Well, I would have been ecstatic with giving up a couple of sixths for Simmons so this is a steal. He's a great fit for this team not just because of his diversity and the needs of this defense, but also because of where he is in his career and where this team finds itself in its growth.
7th round pick which usually doesn't amount to much for a guy who was a top 10 pick, he's only 25 and needs a change of scenery....this is the definition of low risk-high reward.
Trade is a W no matter what

There are more than 1,000 comments in the post. Some love the trade. Some aren’t so sure. If you haven’t scanned through them, be my guest.

Here are the full results from our poll:


What grade would you give the Giants’ trade for Isaiah Simmons?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    (5354 votes)
  • 19%
    (1397 votes)
  • 2%
    (175 votes)
  • 0%
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    (37 votes)
6988 votes total Vote Now

Following are grades from a couple of national sources.

CBS Sports gave the trade a ‘B’ from a Giants’ perspective:

The trade does not move the needle in either direction very much. Simmons is an intriguing fit for Martindale’s defensive goals but he has proven little to this point in his career. His skill set allows New York to match different personnel groups.

Walter Football gave the Giants an ‘A’:

Isaiah Simmons had many supporters in the draft community when he entered the NFL, as many people fell in love with his incredible athleticism. Some of Charlie Campbell’s sources, however, questioned if Simmons had a natural position in the pros. Those concerns came to fruition, as the Cardinals struggled to utilize Simmons properly. Simmons has struggled to cover and tackle thus far in his career.

Despite this, I love this trade for the Giants. Their defensive coordinator, Wink Martindale, loves to blitz, and that’s the one thing Simmons has done extremely well in the NFL. Simmons figures to be an intriguing asset in Martindale’s system as a pass rusher. Plus, it’s not out of the question that Simmons could be a late bloomer. He’s still just 25, so there still might be some untapped potential.

The Giants clearly won this trade. Even if Simmons fails for them, they’ve risked nothing by acquiring him. The Cardinals, on the other hand, should have figured out how to get the most out of Simmons. I’d rather have him than some meaningless seventh-round pick.