Wednesday, October 02, 2013

N.Y. Giants: How Much Is That Offensive Lineman In The Window?

From the desk of:  DO IT FOR THE DUKE

NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS: The Cost Of Fixing The Offensive Line Via The Market Is Looking Steep.

Last year's Super Bowl champion, the Baltimore Ravens are tentatively trading several third day draft picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, 26, now inside his sixth season.  He was the Jaguars 2009 eighth round selection.  The general manager of the Super Bowl winner of two season's past, Jerry Reese recently signed former Eagles center Dallas Reynolds, 29, who comes in a 6'4" and 320 pounds.  Signing him cost the Giants no players or draft picks. Reynolds was Philadelphia's back-up center who finally received considerable time last season after the Eagles starting center went down with injury.  He performed rather unremarkably and was cut by the Eagles.  With the trade, Baltimore fortified their offensive line, and improve their overall situation.  What Jerry Reese did was find a healthy body to fill an immediately pressing need.

Several questions:

Would you prefer Jerry Reese make this kind of deal to fortify the offensive line?  Are you willing to surrender draft picks?  Would you have liked if Reese made this particular deal to secure Eugene Monroe to play tackle and have Jim Cordle or Kevin Boothe slide over to center?  How much immediate attention does the Giants offensive line actually warrant?

I am not prepared to start giving away draft picks unless acquiring a league wide known stud.  Even then, the cost still may be too high.  However, considering what Cleveland and Jacksonville did, trading seems to be in fashion this year. 

The Giants do not have many choices at the moment, other to continue waiting on David Diehl.  But with David Baas and Chris Snee now facing potential season ending injuries, the Giants are in even bigger trouble up front.


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