The New York Giants secured defensive end Leonard Williams from the New York Jets prior to the NFL trade deadline on October 29. The Giants parted ways with a third round pick from 2020 and a 5th rounder from 2021, a fair deal for big Blue who’s in need of defensive pieces.
Williams is in the final year of his rookie contract, which will force the Giants to unload a decent sized contract extension this season for his services. Over five seasons with the Jets, Williams has logged 17 sacks and 240 combined tackles. He’s a talented defender who could serve the Giants better as an outside linebacker.
Also, Williams’ health is important to note, as he hasn’t missed a game his entire career. Health is essential when playing football, and gaining a player that can constantly show up on Sunday’s is a huge addition. While the Giants did give up a solid amount of draft capital, they will now have a legitimate pass-rush rotation.
The Giants now have Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter, and Oshane Ximines coming off the edge, a solid group that can continue to develop. This is a positive move for Big Blue who will undoubtedly unload a ton of cap on the secondary next offseason. With an estimated $80 million in available camp space after the expected cutting of Eli Manning, they will be buyers moving forward.
Trades might be in the future of the New York Giants:
As we have seen, draft capital is important to general manager Dave Gettleman, and he could look to gain back his third round pick by trading cornerback Janoris Jenkins before Tuesday’s deadline.
Head coach Pat Shurmur did state that conversations involving Jenkins have not taken place, but only time will tell if he’s putting on his poker face, or not.