Holy moly what a night.
While everyone on the east coast was just getting ready for bed, the NFL took New York by storm. Out of nowhere, the Giants made a second blockbuster deal with the Browns. This time, New York sent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland for the team’s 2019 1st-round pick (#17 overall), 3rd-round pick (#95 overall), and safety Jabrill Peppers.
All I can say is: wow. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. I am in complete awe of what is going on at Giants HQ. In less than a week, the team has lost All-Pro safety Landon Collins to the Washington Redskins and handed over superstar Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. That leaves Saquon Barkley as the only young player left in Big Blue’s once promising core. Thork was also in shock when I broke the news to him in person, offering nothing but an eye roll before his father broke off on a tangents of, “Oh my god!”
At the same time, the Giants are continuing to pay Eli Manning over $11 million dollars, per Over the Cap. The team’s confusing offseason continues to grow: committing to an ancient quarterback, while decimating a young core for little-to-no compensation. Overall, I am not surprised that the Giants are trying to rebuild, but I am very surprised that they are doing so by keeping the old and removing the new.
Just a few hours later, the news broke that free agent running back Le’Veon Bell has agreed to sign with the New York Jets. Per Adam Schefter, the deal is reported to be for 4 years and worth around $52.5 million.
Le’Veon Bell: 4 years, $52.5 million with the Jets, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Again, all I can say is: wow. But this time, it’s a good wow! The Jets desperately needed an offensive playmaker to help aid the development of young quarterback Sam Darnold; Bell fits that mold exactly. The former Steeler sat out last year en route to forcing his way out of Pittsburgh. The risky tactic worked to the Jets benefit: Le’Veon settled for less money than he was hoping for and comes into the season with fresh legs for his new team. The Jets offense will now feature superstar Bell along with receivers Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and Jamison Crowder. Baker’s response to this was a simple two words: “LET’S GO!”
I feel like I have waited my whole life to say this, but the Jets finally appear to be heading in the right direction. After a brutal 4-12 season in 2018, the team is committed to adding strong players while their quarterback of the future Sam Darnold is still on his rookie contract. So far, Gang Green has brought in stud linebacker CJ Mosley, slot receiver Jamison Crowder, All-Pro guard Kelechi Osemele, and defensive lineman Henry Anderson. Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams was quoted in December saying, “We need more dawgs,” and now he has them.
Free agency has just begun, but there has already been a ton of transactions for both New York teams (yeah, I’m not bundling the Bills in as a New York team.) The Jets still have work to do, but they’re off to a strong start. As for the Giants…woof. Welcome to the pity party.
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