On Monday, it was the first-ever trade between the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The Jets traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to Big Blue.
The Jets received a 3rd round pick in 2020 and a fifth-round pick in 2021 for Williams. That fifth-round pick can become a fourth-round pick if Williams signs an extension with the Giants before the 2021 season. For the rest of this year, Gang Green is paying $4 million of the $6 million left on his contract.
A Giant Gain
Williams is joining a bad Giants defence, they rank 30th in yards allowed, are allowing on average 6 yards per play, and have given up the 6th most penalties on defence. If he plays well enough, the Giants can resign him as he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
With this trade, you can see where Giants GM Dave Gettleman is focusing his resources. Since he became the GM in 2018, Williams is the third defensive lineman he’s brought into Big Blue with Dexter Lawrence 17th overall in this year’s draft and B.J Hill in the 3rd round in 2018. Williams is now one of the Giants’ best linemen.
Having had Sam Darnold out with mono, losing their backup QB to a gruesome injury and starting Luke Falk. The Jets are as always in the tank this season and new GM Joe Douglas knows this. By trading Williams they get additional draft capital and rid of a player still trying to make the leap.
Despite not missing a game in over 4 seasons, being a force in the run game and drawing double teams. Williams was a bust for the Jets he only managed 17 career sacks in that time. This was not what the Jets and former GM Mike Maccagnan expected from a player picked 6th overall. Williams coming out of USC drew comparisons to Warren Sapp and so far he come nowhere near Sapp’s production.
This is just another in the long line of poor Jets draft picks. Now every first-round pick by the Jets between 2010-2016 has either been cut or traded. This is how you settle down to become the dregs of the league.
I hope Williams enjoys a renaissance for the Giants and GM Joe Douglas can use this draft capital to turn the Jets around.
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