Director General of Giants Dave Gettleman went around on Monday, confronting the Odell Beckham Jr. trade and some other controversial movements during the off-season.
At the moment he was in conversation with the host of a local radio show and the statuette of Blue Cheese Fondante Mike FrancesaIt was hard not to feel bad for the guy. Gettleman has a plan that most of us can not see and he will not reveal it (who would do it?). In the meantime, he must defend a movement that half of the fans hoped to be able to do anyway.
The main thread of his mini-tour is the fact that the Giants will not be threatened to take a quarter rookie. Gettleman is legitimately high on the way Eli Manning played at the end of last season and does not seem in a hurry to break ties with the Hall of Fame potential. Reports have also surfaced suggesting that the Giants are not in love with the rookie that many assume, but that they will in any case choose 6th place (our Kalyn Kahler traces this rumor here).
All this has made me think: what happens if the plan involves a non-traditional shift replacement? What would it look like?
Do not go too far in the vortex, but what if Gettleman foresees an opportunity to catch someone still in his youth once he feels that Manning is over? This would streamline some of the win-and-hold deals he had made in addition to saving the best years of the year. Saquon Barkley. Many would be forgiven (and understood). Who could be available?
• Russell Wilson go in the last year of his contract. Even the label number of the franchise is relatively affordable in 2020, when much of the Giants' ceiling begins to open. It would be hard to imagine Seattle letting him walk (Wilson acknowledged in a recent Last show appearance), the offer and the subsequent extension may be too good to be refused. This is especially true if negotiations between Wilson and the Seahawks break before the start of the 2019 season, as he faces a gigantic expansion.
• Derek CarrS contract is extremely attractive at the back. Let's say it will not work this year and Jon Gruden wants to pivot to a hand-picked quarterback while continuing to accumulate capital in draft The Carr family has a history with organization and some familiarity with the region. He would be 29 years old with three incredibly affordable years and could look for some more stability as part of his move to Las Vegas.
• Marcus Mariota is playing for his fifth-year option in Nashville and the Titans have just signed the former first round Ryan Tannehill, Supposedly to push it a little. While Mariota was stunned, the prospect of playing with a workhorse like Barkley might be appealing.
• Josh Rosen is still waiting on the whole of this project. The Giants have an extra first round pick and a load of medium-sized boats that they could pack together. The Giants have done their homework on the UCLA product that will come out last year and could decide, closer to the draft day, to want to pull the trigger.
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