Giants reportedly ‘open for business’ after trading Eli Apple
The New York Giants have fallen to their sixth loss in the first seven games of the year that has put them in a deep hole to dig out.
The Giants have decided to move cornerback Eli Apple in a trade to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a fourth and seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.
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The New Orleans Saints added to their aggressive flurry of trades this year by sending fourth- and seventh-round draft picks to the New York Giants for cornerback Eli Apple on Tuesday.
“We’re doing what we can right now to win football games, but we’re also always looking at the roster on a short-term and a long-term basis,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday afternoon. “We felt like it was good value. Eli has played well for us here this year. He’s going to be a Saint now, and so we wish him well.”
Apple spent his two-plus years with the Giants after being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. It was a topsy-turvy tenure with New York that saw him fall out of favor with the coaching staff and some of his teammates last season, namely Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins.
The 23-year-old has played in five games where he has recorded 23 total tackles with five pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Apple with a chance to play a significant role in the Saints’ secondary, is looking for help with cornerback Patrick Robinson on the injured reserve. He has the potential to move up the depth chart to line up opposite of reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore.
With the Giants moving on from Apple, the team could be on the verge of parting ways with a few more players before the NFL trade deadline, according to Jason La Canfora.
Hearing the Eli Apple trade may just be tip of the iceberg. Strong perception among other teams thag the Giants are "open for business' ahead of next week's trade deadline
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 23, 2018
It’ll be interesting ot see if Eli Manning will be sent elsewhere before the Oct. 30 deadline after a dreadful start to the season. The Giants have won one game and don’t look like they’ll make many more this season.