The New York Giants have a ton of holes they need to address this offseason, and finding a way to solve the issues on the offensive line while staying under the salary cap will be difficult.
Holding the second-overall pick in the draft puts New York in a position of leverage, and with the Buffalo Bills trading away quarterback Tyrod Taylor, they might be looking to move up in the draft.
What a great trade-back with the Bill would look like:
The Giants ideally would be able to select Barkley or their choice of quarterbacks at No. 2, but if they decide to trade-back, they could receive extreme value from the Bills.
Buffalo holds both the 21st and 22nd picks in the NFL draft, allowing them some flexibility. The Giants can offer them the second-overall pick for the Bills’ 21st, 22nd and third-round pick, in addition to guard, Richie Incognito.
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So, in other words, they would receive two first-round picks and a quality for the price of one draft pick. What makes this deal even more enticing is Incognito’s contract, which only counts $7.5 million against the cap.
The Giants can sign him to a short-term deal and save major cash at the guard position until they can address it through the draft. General manager Dave Gettleman could also decide to take a lineman with on the of the Bills’ picks and add Incognito to compete for the starting position and add depth.
How good is Incognito?
The Bill’s left guard graded out with a 80.5, per PFF. He ranked 12th among guards in the league in 2017.
In addition to his proven abilities, Incognito hasn’t missed a start in the last four-seasons. As a 34 year-old veteran, he won’t garner much money on the open-market, making him an extreme value grab for the Giants.