New York Giants: A Janoris Jenkins trade scenario

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In the event that the New York Giants struggle to live up to expectations during the 2019 season, several difficult decisions will have to be made. Last season, general manager Dave Gettleman prioritized adding draft capital first and foremost, which we saw in the trades involving Eli Apple and Damon Harrison.

Acquiring draft picks is the primary way to help build a team and give the organization the best chance to succeed in the future. While late-round picks don’t guarantee a starting-caliber player, they give the opportunity to grab one and if paired with another pick can be used to move up into a better draft position.

As for Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, the reality of his career with the team could come to an end in the season ahead.

How would the New York Giants go about trading Janoris Jenkins?

Once considered one of the top cover corners in the NFL, Jenkins is an extremely capable player with Pro Bowl potential. He’s quick, agile, and tenacious in coverage, but he’s failed to make an impact with the Giants struggling to succeed the past two years.

The idea of trading Jenkins would be centered around their record and if a competing team is in dire need of support. There’s no question that a player of Jackrabbit’s magnitude would cost a pretty penny — I would demand a second-round pick for his services.

He’s under contract for two more seasons and is still in his prime. The Giants would have to be eliminated from playoff contention to even consider a deal including Jenkins, but it makes sense to utilize his value with DeAndre Baker and Julian Love joining the team and expected to earn starting roles.

Baker is undoubtedly the future of the cornerbacks unit, or at least we hope. With a year of experience under his belt and mentorship from Jenkins, he should be ready to take over the No. 1 role in the event of a trade. While this is all premature, it’s a possibility that’s entirely dependant on the outcome of the 2019 season for Big Blue.