After hiring Dave Gettleman to replace Jerry Reese, the Giants have gone 5-11 and have had their majority of struggles. With a 38-year-old quarterback in a sharp decline, the team’s commitment to Eli Manning has handcuffed the Giants ability to do what they need to do- rebuild. Despite throwing for 21 TDs, 11 Ints and nearly 4,300 yards, Eli was less than spectacular last season (and the season before). Due to the fact that ownership and Gettleman have both agreed to hold onto Eli Manning, who will come at the expense of $17 million against the cap, their emotional connection to the QB has put the Giants in a very bad spot.
To start this offseason, Gettleman refused to franchise tag pro-bowl safety Landon Collins for $11 million, a move that had Giants fans scratching their heads. This situation parallels to what Gettleman did in Carolina, as he also let star cornerback Josh Norman walk out the door for nothing. For a team with a suspect defense, letting a defensive playmaker go for nothing does not seem like a smart move.
Gettleman also traded Olivier Vernon to the Browns for right guard Kevin Zeiter. While this move made a lot of sense for a team that needs help on the offensive line, Gettleman did not stop there.
After saying to reporters at the combine that “we didn’t sign (Odell) to trade him” Gettleman did just the opposite. Despite Beckham not requesting a trade, he was shopped to the Browns in exchange for a mid-first round pick, a late third round pick and safety Jabril Peppers. The idea that you should build your offense around a superstar running back in Saquon Barkley and a superstar wideout in Odell Beckham Jr. is a quite simple one. However, if they felt it was best to trade Beckham, I wouldn’t see a problem with that- except in this case.
A first and a third-round pick are not nearly a high enough ticket to trade Beckham for. Including Peppers in the trade sounds good in theory, but he is only here to replace Landon Collins, who left in exchange for nothing. Not to mention the $21 million cap hit the Giants will suffer in this deal. This trade shows that the Giants have no direction and really no idea what they are doing.
Now all these moves could in theory make sense, pointing to a rebuild. However, the one constant through all of them is the QB, Eli Manning. Despite a clear decline, the Giants have been hellbent on keeping the 38-year-old. As long as he is on this roster, the Giants will remain a complete mess.
To recap, no Landon Collins, no Odell Beckham Jr., yes Eli Manning. This is essentially the Giants message to the fans and players.
Eli Manning should not be the quarterback. Pat Shurmur should not be the coach. Dave Gettleman should not be the GM. This team has become similar to the likes of the 2013-17 Jets or Browns, with no direction of where they are going, roaming around in the dark completely helpless. Until the QB, coach and GM change hands, we will continue to find ourselves in the NFL abyss.
The silver lining in all of this is that assuming we do not re-sign Eli Manning, the Giants are expected to have nearly $100 million in cap space next season.
But until then, buckle up. Because it’s going to be a very unpleasant ride.
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