New York Giants: CBS Mock Sends Wilson To NY, Murray To Seattle

Should the New York Giants draft Oklahoma star, Kyler Murray?

With the NFL Draft drawing closer and closer, it’s not hard to find trade predictions ranging from the likely to the outlandish. Perhaps between the two extremes is the one laid out by the latest CBS Sports mock draft, which predicts that the New York Giants will go for quarterback Russell Wilson over picking any player in the first round this year. Is it likely? Maybe not, given the moves the Giants front office has made so far.

But out of the veteran options for trades, it looks like Wilson is the one that has the most ‘connection’ to New York and the Giants already, so to speak.

Here’s the specifics of the scenario:

New York gives up its two first-round picks this year (No. 6 and No. 17) as well as a second-round pick this year AND a second-round pick in 2020 in exchange for Wilson. That’s four pretty darn good picks and about as close as the Seahawks will get to the hypothetical three first-round selections they want for Wilson.

The mock draft has the Seahawks taking Kyler Murray with the third pick as their replacement for Wilson. But in reality, of course, the Jets are picking third overall. In this scenario, the Seahawks trade their second round pick and the number six overall pick to the Jets, who take offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor from Florida.

While this scenario would fix the quarterback problems for the Giants, it doesn’t seem like a likely route. The team would inherit the problems that the Seahawks are having right now with figuring out the problem of paying Russell Wilson, and it doesn’t look like the Giants bothered acquiring another first round draft pick as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade just to trade that pick to move out of the first round entirely.

The most likely route is that the Giants don’t acquire a quarterback at all or go for a rookie one over a veteran this year. But if they did make the move to bring Russell Wilson in? That would definitely restore some interest in this season and would be a sight to see.

Should the New York Giants Pursue Pro Bowl Caliber Defensive Tackle in FA?

Should the New York Giants consider signing free agent defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh?

The New York Giants‘ defensive front lacked experienced and overall effectiveness in 2018. It might be a decent idea to consider adding a veteran that has knowledge and value to offer.

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh could fit the bill nicely for the Giants. Featuring the 3-4 scheme under James Bettcher requires three down lineman that can wreak havoc on the offensive line and penetrate to the quarterback. Suh has that ability, despite inconsistency with the Los Angeles Rams last season.

Why the New York Giants should be interested:

According to PFF, however, he finished as the 20th best defensive tackle in the league. The five-time Pro Bowler is an iron man, missing just two games in nine seasons, which is a great attribute to have when on the open market. It’s likely that his asking price is far too expensive for the Giants at this point, but the longer he waits the less money he will earn.

Suh signed a one-year, $14 million deal last season with the Rams and could be looking to re-join the talented team. He also would make a great fit on the Giants, but there’s no way they would unload that kind of cash at the current moment.

They’re expected to have upwards of $80 million in cap space next year, which could make him a potential option if the money was backloaded. This deal would be unnecessary, though, as Big Blue is still in a rebuilding phase and not looking to add any high-priced free agents before enjoying the benefits of open salary space.

But, sometimes money is only a means to an end, and Suh does offer extreme value in the trenches and especially alongside B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson. Pairing the three together could be a solid move given the lack of pass-rush ability from Tomlinson.

Comparing 2018 stats: Suh vs Tomlinson

Suh: 59 combines tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 19 quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks

Tomlinson: 59 combines tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 0 quarterback hits, 0 sacks

The difference is actually quite telling. Tomlinson is a serviceable player, but Suh features another dimension to his game that makes him elite. Adding a player of his caliber would immediately bolster the defense and allow them to draft a top tier linebacker like LSU’s Devin White or Kentucky’s Josh Allen with the No. 6 overall pick.

An interesting idea worth considering. Let’s just hope Suh’s days of stomping on ankles is over.

New York Giants Could Draft Defensive Leader at 6th Overall

The New York Giants defense is missing a true leader – a player that can command the locker room and elevate the play of his teammates – somebody like, say, Michael Strahan or Justin Tuck. An impact performer with the ability to instill discipline and confidence in the people around him.

Some might say LSU linebacker Devin White is that player. In fact, most say that. Two consecutive seasons of over 120 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss have propelled him into the top-7 players in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has turned into a top option for the Giants, a team looking for a quality leader on defense and a play-maker.

The New York Giants would be getting an elite athlete:

White ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, one of the highest ever seen at the position. The 6-foot, 237-pound linebacker plays like a running back, and that’s because he racked up 5,031 yards and 81 touchdowns on offense in high school. His abilities have compounded at an extraordinary rate ever since making the switch and dedicating himself to his new position.

The LSU star is a very likable player by teammates and coaches alike. He’s easily coached and willing to learn from experienced players and developmental factors. His rare tangible elements combined with his intelligence for football make the perfect prototype linebacker.

The Giants could create a dynamic duo:

Pairing him alongside Alec Ogletree in the middle of the field would be an opposing offense’s nightmare. The ability to cover, rush the passer, stop the run; White can do it all with ease.

However, despite his talents, White has weaknesses and flaws of his own. A lack of tackling technique and the tendency to bite on misdirections are two of the more visible issues.  Luckily, these are coachable problems that will likely deteriorate with experience at the next level against proven talent.

The Giants would be wise to consider drafting White if available at No. 6. There are several other options like Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams that might fit the bill more, but we cannot forget about the value White offers.

 

New York Giants: Russell Wilson Rumors Heating Up – Is it Possible?

Could Russell Wilson end up with the New York Giants as soon as 2019? At first glance, this looks like an obvious no. To counter, when you peel back the layers of rumors the past two months the path is becoming more and more clear.

The Timeline:

On February 20th, Colin Cowherd on FS1’s “The Herd” reported that there were rumors swirling around the entertainment industry that Wilson’s wife, Ciara, would prefer to live in New York, and is eyeing the opportunity of Wilson leaving Seattle for a bigger entertainment market. Wilson is set to be a free agent in 2020.

Quoted by Cowherd himself, “Everybody will deny it…  It’s [Rumors] not good to be out now”.

As it turned out, Colin was not wrong because the media and listeners around the world mocked the idea. At the time of the report, Odell Beckham Jr was still on the Giants roster. Fast forwarding to March 12, the Giants make the unexpected trade of Beckham Jr to the Browns in exchange for a first, a third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers. More importantly, the Giants dumped Beckham’s 5 years, $90 million dollar contract. While eating 16 million dollars in cap this season, the Giants are set to have around 85 million in cap space for 2020, which will be up at the tops of the NFL. Now here’s where things heat up:

On April 2nd, it was reported that Wilson was frustrated with contract negotiations. He gave the Seahawks a deadline of April 15th to offer a new contract. Which happens to be is the beginning of offseason workouts. While it is unclear on what would happen if a deal is not reached, today is April 15th. This is deadline day.

Backtracking to April 11th, Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio put in his two cents on the rumors. In an interview with NFL Network, Del Rio states, “Don’t be surprised if, before it’s all said and done, and we line up for the season next year, and Russell Wilson isn’t quarterbacking somewhere else.”

Just after 1 am on Sunday, newly acquired Chiefs Safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted “Russ wants New York. But you ain’t heard that from T..”

Well, Tyrann, we did hear it from you but that’s beside the point for now.

During the day, Mathieu backpedaled from his original tweet explaining it was only speculation based on his own thoughts. However, One hour after tweeting that Wilson wanted New York, Mathieu tweeted again that he is “too real” and that we would “get it one day”.

Above all, two months after the “embarrassing” Colin Cowherd take, Wilson and the Giants have never been this closely tied.

What’s it Gonna Take?

As the Wilson trade talks have heated up, it has already been put out there that the Seahawks would be looking for at least two first-round picks, and probably more. This is an extremely valid ask from Seattle as they would be trading away the face of their franchise. Whenever multiple first-round picks are on the table, everything must be considered. The Seahawks also have the option to franchise tag Wilson, which would be $30 million for the 2020 season alone. Hypothetically, Wilson could be franchised three years in a row but after a $37 million dollar tag in ‘21, the number would jump to $50 million in 2022.

While it’s almost guaranteed that Wilson wouldn’t be tagged for three years in a row, it makes sense as to why the Seahawks would be open to trade him if they are certain he wants out.

If by any chance the Giants have an opportunity to land Wilson, they should pull the trigger without a doubt. There is no clear option at quarterback for the future, but this could all change with acquiring Wilson. As we stand currently, there are no concrete details on either end of the spectrum. If executed, the front office would certainly win back their fanbase with this potential stunner.

 

New York Giants: What Trading For Russell Wilson Might Cost

Could the New York Giants find a way to acquire Russell Wilson in a potential trade?

The New York Giants have been meeting with all of the top quarterback prospects leading up to this month’s NFL Draft. The Giants are attempting to find the successor to franchise legend Eli Manning. Manning is 38 years old and will be retiring sooner than later.

In order for the Giants to be prepared for Manning’s retirement, they need to find his successor before he goes. The Giants have been evaluating all of their options. They have looked into a possible trade for Josh Rosen. But now, there are rumors that the Giants might be able to get a much better quarterback via trade. That quarterback is Russell Wilson.

Why Russell Wilson Might Get Traded

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has had his name come up in trade rumors recently. These rumors began in February when Fox Sports show host Colin Cowherd revealed discussions he heard in the “agency world.” Cowherd claimed that Wilson wanted to play for the New York Giants because of the city’s market.

This rumor began to heat up a bit when Russell Wilson gave the Seahawks an ultimatum regarding his upcoming contract extension. Wilson told the Seahawks to give him an extension by April 15th, however, the two sides were unable to come close to a deal.

On April 14th, rumors began swirling all over the place regarding Wilson’s future in Seattle. According to Rotoworld Football, the Seahawks think Russ wants to play ‘elsewhere’. If that is true, then it is very possible that Cowherd’s rumors regarding Wilson’s desire to play in New York are true, too. Even Tyrann Mathieu believes Wilson wants to play in New York.

What Would This Trade Cost?

According to Benjamin Allbright, the Seahawks’ asking price for Russell Wilson is steep. The Seahawks want at AT LEAST two 1st round draft picks. Allbright says the asking price starts at two 1sts a mid and a player. What is interesting is that the Giants actually have the draft capital to make this happen. Allbright also calls the trade a “very real possibility.”

The Giants are one of two NFL teams that hold multiple 1st-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants have two 1st-round picks and the Oakland Raiders have three 1st-round picks.

The Giants could start their trade offer to the Seahawks with the 6th overall pick and the 17th overall pick. They would, of course, need to add even more, but the Giants have the resources necessary to complete this trade.

Since the Seahawks will want a player, too, the Giants could look to free up cap space by trading away players such as Janoris Jenkins and Alec Ogletree. Both of these players have high cap hits and do not necessarily live up to their contracts, but they would be solid additions for the Seahawks.

If the Giants do complete a trade for Wilson, it is going to cost them a lot of salary cap space. Wilson wants a contract extension that could potentially make him the highest-paid player in NFL History.

Unfortunately, the Giants do not currently have that cap space. The Giants only have $11,783,442 in cap. But, by trading away one of their high-paid veterans, the Giants could make that number grow. The Giants could also free up cap space by cutting quarterback Eli Manning. With Russell Wilson on the roster, Manning’s services would no longer be needed. The Giants could free up $12,000,000 by cutting Eli Manning.

The Giants will need to free up as much space as possible. Reports indicate that Wilson’s contract could surpass $35,000,000 per year.

Why Russell Wilson Is Worth This High Price

Despite the high price, the Giants should strongly consider trading for Russell Wilson. Trading for Wilson would completely change the trajectory of the franchise. You never know what you are getting when you draft a rookie quarterback. You know what you are getting when you trade for Russell Wilson.

When you trade for Russell Wilson, you are getting a top-5 quarterback in the NFL. Wilson has thrown for over 30 touchdown passes 3 times in his career, including a career-best 35 in 2018. He is one of the most productive passers in the league.

Wilson is also an extremely efficient quarterback. In 2018, Russell only threw 7 interceptions. Wilson has thrown less than 10 interceptions in 4 of his 7 career seasons. Wilson’s career high for interceptions in a season is only 11. He has done this while being sacked over 40 times in 6 of his 7 seasons.

Russell Wilson is also one of the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterbacks. He is an extremely efficient and productive passer, but as a runner, it is more of the same. Wilson has 3,651 career rushing yards and 16 career rushing touchdowns. He averages 521 rushing yards per season. The RPO game would be unstoppable with Russell Wilson and Saquon Barkley.

Most importantly, Wilson is a winning quarterback. Russell has never played on an NFL team with a record below .500. Every year, the Seattle Seahawks are playoff contenders because of Russell Wilson. He is an electrifying signal-caller who makes his team better on every play. Wilson has an 8-5 playoff record and is also the Super Bowl 48 Champion (2014). Russell Wilson would instantly make the Giants a playoff team and a Super Bowl contender.

New York Yankees: Tanaka Allows Fourth Inning Grand Slam as Yankees fall to White Sox

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

After Masahiro Tanaka allowed a double and two walks, the New York Yankees’ Japanese righty gave up a grand slam to White Sox shortstop Tim Beckham. The Yankees couldn’t recover from it, losing yet another series to a poor team.

A good start turned bad quick

Masahiro Tanaka started off his fourth start of the season pretty well, but it changed quickly with the grand slam. He allowed just one hit through the first three innings.

To start the fourth, Yoan Moncada hit one to Aaron Judge for a single, but Judge threw him out at second with ease as Moncada tried to test him. But right after, Jose Abreu doubled and two straight walks to Yonder Alonso and Eloy Jimenez set up Anderson for his grand slam.

In the fifth, a single, double, and a walk by Tanaka loaded the bases again. That was enough for Boone to pull him, putting Luis Cessa in. He allowed a sacrifice fly that scored a run, but got out of it without further damage.

In 4+ innings, Tanaka allowed five runs, seven hits, and struck out six but walked three. His ERA rose to 3.22.

Cessa pitched 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings to his name, then Kahnle came in for the final two outs of the sixth. Adam Ottavino, Joe Harvey, and Chad Green followed with scoreless innings.

Terrible offense

The Yankee offense scored two runs on Sunday, and those didn’t even come easy. They had just four hits.

Luke Voit started it early with an RBI double in the first, and Aaron Judge had an RBI single in the third. That was it.

The four hits came from Judge, Voit, Torres, and Urshela who each had one. Giovanny Urshela is showing he belongs on the Yankee roster, showing off his glove whilst batting .313 so far.

After a day off on Monday, the Yankees begin a two game series with our good friends from Boston. Game one begins on Tuesday at 6:35PM on YES Network and FOX Sports Go. James Paxton gets the ball for the Yankees against Chris Sale for the Red Sox.

 

New York Giants: Could Top 3 Quarterback Prospect Slip to 17th Overall?

Could the New York Giants grab Drew Lock with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants brass will have to make the difficult decision to either draft a quarterback with the 6th or 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, or they could elect to pass on one altogether.

Ideally, the Giants will walk away from the draft with Eli Manning’s successor, guaranteeing he’s the top option is another story. Reports of Big Blue being interested in Duke’s Daniel Jones at No. 17 have been circulating, but there’s no evidence to prove they will take that route.

Could the New York Giants grab a top 3 QB with their second first round pick?

In fact, it’s possible that Missouri’s Drew Lock slips to the middle of the round and gives the Giants an opportunity to grab the third-ranked QB in the draft. Lock has the prototypical frame of an NFL quarterback – 6’4″, 228 pounds. His inconsistency with accuracy has plagued him throughout his college career, completing a career-high 62.9 percent in 2018 (yikes).

NFL.com compares Lock to Matthew Stafford, a dynamic quarterback with the ability to make all the throws but can make mental mistakes at times. His arm strength and ability to cover the entire field is impressive, but he struggled against better opponents.

For example, against Georgia last season, he racked up just 221 yards, zero scores, and one interception. Against South Carolina, he produced just 204 yards and two interceptions. This is a clear issue for the passer, and the NFL level offers more talent and tricky defenses. His faltering against top opponents doesn’t bode well for a team looking to plug him in right away.

The Giants, on the other hand, would sit him behind Manning for a season to learn and develop a sense of NFL-level preparation. One of the more exciting aspects attributed to Lock, however, is his mobility. He earned 437 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in 2018. His dual-threat ability makes him an even more exciting prospect with a bit of development under his belt. Spending a year learning behind a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback might just do the trick.