After the departure of New York Giantsâ€™ star defensive lineman Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions, rumors began to swirl in regard to several other players on the team packing their bags. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was one of them, and he donesâ€™t seem phased by the talks.
The Giants received a mediocre compensation package for Harrison, as the Lions only parted ways with a fifth-round pick to grab the 30 year old nose tackle. Harrison wouldâ€™ve counted $7 million against the cap in 2019 but will now take up a mere $3.8 million. The dead cap space certainly hurts the Giants but an additional $3 million will be helpful.
Most would ask: Was it worth it to trade Harrison and why was he sent packing in the first place?
My answer would be this:
The installation of the 3-4 defense was never the right fit for â€œSnacks.â€ The 3-4 requires the interior lineman to put pressure on the opposing quarterback, and that simply wansâ€™t Harrisonâ€™s strength. It was likely that the Giants were going to cut ties with him regardless of the outcome this season.
Now, with about half a week before the trade deadline, rumors of Jenkins hitting the market have been in full swirl.
Hereâ€™s what Jenkins had to say about the Giants potentially trading him:
â€œI want to be here.â€
“It ainâ€™t flattering,” Jenkins said when asked about his thoughts on the rumors other teams are looking to acquire him. â€œBusiness is business, baby. Whatever they decide to do, thatâ€™s what they do. I canâ€™t be mad at them. I canâ€™t judge nobody, I canâ€™t say nothing. If it happens, it happens, Iâ€™m on to the next step.â€
At 29 years old, Jenkins is on the back end of his career as a potential top 5 corner in the NL, but he still offers immense value. If I were the Giants, I would take nothing less than a third-round pick for his services.