Gi­ants keep un­load­ing af­ter un­palat­able start

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - JOHN KRYK [email protected]­media.com Twit­ter.com/JohnKryk

They’ve al­ready cut out Ap­ple and Snacks. How much more trim­ming can we ex­pect from the New York Gi­ants?

Af­ter fall­ing to 1-6 with Mon­day’s 23-20 loss in At­lanta, the Gi­ants ap­par­ently have de­cided to have one big bake sale. On Tues­day the Gi­ants dealt cor­ner- back Eli Ap­ple to New Or­leans for 2019 fourth-round and 2020 seventh-round draft picks. They fol­lowed that up on Wednes­day by trad­ing run-stuff­ing in­te­rior de­fen­sive line­man Da­mon “Snacks” Har­ri­son to Detroit, re­port­edly for a fifth-round draft pick.

Are the Gi­ants done deal­ing ? Spec­u­la­tion is, not a chance.

Get­ting only a fifth-round pick for Har­ri­son doesn’t in­di­cate a fleec­ing. Rather, it re­flects how much a re­main­ing fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment can im­pact a trade deal. Har­ri­son has two more years and US$16 mil­lion left on a five-year con­tract. Shed­ding it saves the Gi­ants more than $8 mil­lion against next year’s salary cap.

More New York de­fend­ers could find them­selves on dif­fer­ent teams be­fore next Tues­day af­ter­noon’s NFL trade dead­line. Few would be sur­prised if the Gi­ants also ship out their fran­chise quar­ter­back, Eli Man­ning.

The knock on Man­ning is that he’s nearly 38 now, and is check­ing down far too fre­quently this sea­son. Well, that’s largely be­cause his of­fen­sive line is among the NFL’s worst at pass pro­tect­ing. Did you see Mon­day night’s game? Good gosh, Man­ning barely had time to drop into the pocket be­fore scream­ing Fal­cons bull­doz­ers ar­rived from all direc­tions.

Maybe the Gi­ants will hang onto Man­ning through sea­son’s end. They shouldn’t. Harsh crit­i­cisms will only in­ten­sify.

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