The NFL trading deadline is set for October 29 at 4:00 p.m. ET and the New York Giants, with a 2-5 record and sinking fast, will likely be sellers.
The question is, who will be the buyers? Does any team out there want any of the Giants’ players that will be made available? And secondly, what could those players possibly be worth?
The usual exercise for teams out of contention to clear their roster of veteran players who are not pulling their weight, have underwater contracts or do not fit in the long-term plan.
The Giants have a mish-mosh of a roster that has a few players that fit this mold thanks to a half-baked plan that came from the top where they thought they could rebuild and compete at the same time.
They were wrong about that in so many ways. Many of the veterans they brought in are underachieving and the young players on the roster don’t seem to be progressing as quickly as the teams had hoped.
That being said, I don’t believe the Giants have an appetite for adding any veterans at this point in time. They will have a windfall of cap space in the coming offseason to use on their pick of the lot and will not have to part with draft picks or players to add them.
Any player they trade away will result in draft picks coming back their way.
Here’s a look at the Giants’ top 10 players salary cap-wise, projected future with the team and possible trade value.
Manning is in the last year of his contract and has a no-trade clause. Unless it’s an ideal situation, he’s going nowhere. His value is up to him. If a team comes calling and he wants to go, the Giants will take whatever is offered for him. They won’t negotiate. The price would be no higher than a third rounder.