How The Philip Rivers News Helps The New York Giants

The NFL is going through significant changes this offseason. Multiple franchises are parting ways with their veteran quarterbacks. Eli Manning’s recent retirement came as no surprise, but Drew Brees is mulling retirement as well. Additionally, Philip Rivers and the Chargers are reportedly moving on from each other ahead of 2020’s free agency period.

Philip Rivers will be a free agent this March, leading many fans to speculate as to where the veteran signal-caller might end up playing next season. But, for fans of the New York Giants, the speculation will not surround Philip Rivers as much as it will encompass the Chargers’ next quarterback. The question is, whom will the Chargers’ next quarterback be?

Many assume that Los Angeles will get younger at the sport’s most important position. Like the Giants did last year with Daniel Jones, the Chargers are likely to draft their next franchise quarterback in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. This could be good news for the Giants as they hold a highly coveted draft pick.

Could The Chargers and Giants Strike A Draft-Day Deal Again?

The 2004 NFL Draft saw the Giants and Chargers both draft and subsequently trade rookie quarterbacks. Eli Manning was drafted first overall by the then-San Diego Chargers. The Giants drafted Philip Rivers. The two swapped quarterbacks in a draft-day trade that worked to the benefit of both teams (but more to the benefit of the Giants who saw their quarterback win two Super Bowls in his sixteen-year career).

Once again, the Giants and Chargers both possess top-ten draft picks in a year featuring a rich quarterback class. Unlike 2004, however, the Giants do not need to draft a quarterback with their first-round draft pick. This is where another draft-day trade could come to fruition.

Assuming Joe Burrow and Chase Young get drafted first, and second overall, the Giants and Lions will be in peculiar positions with their third and fourth overall draft picks. Teams will be looking to trade up for the next best quarterbacks in the class. Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert both have the potential to be top-five picks in April.

Regardless of whether or not the Lions stay put or trade their pick away, the Chargers just made the Giants’ draft pick more valuable. If they want one of these top quarterbacks, they will need to trade up from their sixth overall pick.

Trading down with the Chargers could be a win-win situation for both teams. The Giants would move back only two spots while adding an extra draft pick, possibly an additional second-rounder. The Giants would still have the chance to land one of the big-names they would be considering at fourth overall, and the Chargers would get their future franchise quarterback.

New York Giants: Major Rumors Surrounding A Draft Day Trade

The New York Giants could look to draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick.

The New York Giants are reportedly searching for their successor to Eli Manning. There are a few quarterbacks expected to go in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The top quarterback prospect is Dwayne Haskins Jr. from Ohio State University.

Many believe the Giants will be targeting him in the draft to succeed Eli Manning. However, the Giants are picking 6th, and there is a chance other quarterback-needy teams might trade ahead of the Giants to take Haskins. But if the Giants want to prevent that from happening, they could make a trade of their own.

Giants And Cardinals Trade Rumors:

The Giants hold the 6th pick, which might put them in a precarious position when drafting a quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals hold the 1st overall pick in the draft this year. Last year, the Cardinals traded up to the 10th pick to draft quarterback Josh Rosen. Because of this, they do not need a quarterback and could trade their pick away to a quarterback-needy team. That team could be the Giants.

If the Giants want to prevent teams like the Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Raiders from taking their quarterback of the future, they could trade for the 1st overall pick. Then the Giants could select whoever they wanted. If the Giants were to make this move, they would do so in order to select Dwayne Haskins.

It is rumored that the Giants and Cardinals have been in contact regarding a trade for the number one pick. The rumor states that the Giants called to ask the Cardinals their price and the two teams have been in contact since. Trade talks have not been confirmed, but a few outlets have been circling this rumor around this week. This rumor is very exciting for Giants fans, but unfortunately, at this point, it is only a rumor.

What Would It Take To Make The Deal?

If the Giants were to make the Cardinals an offer, Draft Tek‘s NFL Draft Trade Value Chart could help us project what the Giants might need to give up. The 1st overall pick has a value of 3,000 points, and the 6th overall pick has a value of 1,600 points.

The Giants would have to give up the 6th pick, of course. But on top of that they would likely need to give up at least two more picks. The Giants’ second round pick is worth 530 points, totaling the two Giants picks at 2,130. In order to make up the 870 points the Giants are missing, they will likely need to throw in their 2020 1st round draft pick. The fact that the Giants would be getting a quarterback with this deal may inflate the price. So if the Giants need to throw in a 2020 second-fifth round pick also, that should come as no surprise.

In 2004, the Giants made a draft day trade to acquire Eli Manning. Manning was selected first overall by the Chargers, so it was essentially like they were trading for the 1st pick. The Giants held the 4th pick and selected Philip Rivers with the intent to trade him to San Diego. The Chargers and Giants did strike a deal, bringing Manning to New York.

The Giants traded Philip Rivers (the 4th pick), a 2004 third round draft pick, a 2005 first round draft pick, and a 2005 fifth round draft pick in order to acquire Eli Manning. Some would call that a king’s ransom. Most would consider it a fair deal considering Manning lead the Giants to two Super Bowl victories en route to a Hall Of Fame carer.

If the Giants want to move up to select Dwayne Haskins (or any other quarterback), the 2004 trade for Manning could be a good model to project what they would need to give up in 2019.