Is the goal to rebuild the organization, or is the goal to win in 2019? Quite frankly, I’m not exactly sure.
On the one hand, the Giants have sent a message that talented veteran players on the defense making big money won’t have a home on the 2019 roster.
Landon Collins was given the franchise tag, and he is now a well-paid member of the Washington Redskins.
Olivier Vernon was traded to the Cleveland Browns for Kevin Zeitler, who will stabilize and solidify the offensive line.
It’s a trade that makes sense, but it weakens a Giants defense that wasn’t exactly stocked with all-world talent to begin with.
You combine that with the news that Eli Manning will most likely return for the 2019 season, and it’s hard to figure out what’s next for Big Blue.
But there is a way for the Giants offseason plan to have some clarity.
Can the Giants solidify their offensive line, find an elite-level pass rusher and find their quarterback of the future? The answer is yes.
Zeitler provides a much-needed upgrade at the offensive guard spot, but the loss of Vernon leaves the Giants in dire need of a top pass rusher.
With the sixth pick in the draft, the Giants could certainly capitalize on a draft loaded with pass rushers and find a real difference maker.
All great news, but what about the elephant in the room for this Giants franchise?
If a pass rusher is selected at six, how do you find your quarterback of the future?
It’s simple: you call the Arizona Cardinals and try to get Josh Rosen for 50 cents on the dollar.
The Arizona Cardinals are in play to draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the overall first pick in 2019. If that ends up being the case, Arizona will look to trade Rosen, who was their first-round pick just a season ago.
Rosen has talent, and I don’t get the sense that last year was a true indicator on what he is as a player. He would be the perfect player to add to this franchise.
A first-round quarterback, but instead of the cost of a first-round pick, the cost would be a second or third, which I’m sure the Cardinals would take for Rosen.
You want a plan for the New York Football Giants? A pass rusher at six and Josh Rosen for a mid-round pick.
That’s a plan, I can get behind.