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Author: Jon Kuzma
It’s time to break up the band. Odell Beckham Jr., Eli Manning, and the rest of the players on New York’s roster have to go. If the Giants are going to tank they mine as well load up on draft picks in hopes of building a brighter future. Beckham Jr. has basically told the world he isn’t happy in New York anymore but more importantly than that he’s the one with the most trade value. Dave Gettleman should start this rebuild by dealing his top wide receiver and there’s no room for error on that move. The best outcome for the Giants would be two early draft picks (a 1st and 2nd rounder?). One of those will be used to draft the quarterback of the future and the other should go towards improving the defensive line. Gettleman isn’t a fool he knows he must get back to the basics and build this team from the ground up. The more difficult decision will be what do you do with Eli Manning? Manning is old and New York won’t get much value in return for him. The ideal option would probably be asking him to be the offensive coordinator or quarterback coach but there’s no way he’ll go for that. So the best chance of moving him would be by adding him in a package deal with a group of other players. If that doesn’t work out the Giants might have to bite the bullet and exchange Manning for a 6th or 7th rounder. There’s always the possibility that Eli Manning would retire if the Giants even tried to pull a maneuver like that. Either way this is his last season with Big Blue and he’s had a great career. Now is the time for a fresh start though and that means making some tough decisions. On the defensive side of the ball this organization can save around $25M annually by getting rid of Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, and Olivier Vernon. All three of those defenders are under contract until 2020 and that’s a lot of money that can come off the books. New York’s fan base deserves to have little bit hope on the horizon and you achieve that by building a nucleus of young talent. There’s no sense in winning five games this season with all of these so called “key pieces” when that time could be spent on acquiring draft capital to start the next great run. Everyone in the five boroughs would prefer to go that route even it does mean being in uncharted territory.
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New York has to stop wasting their time and break their team up. The sooner they start their rebuild the better.