But Giants fans need to get down with this JPP trade in a hurry because it makes too much sense.
How can I explain it?
It makes sense in that this year, it frees up $2.5 million in salary cap space. But also, in moving forward, the Giants now have a ton of flexibility as they eye continuing their rebuild in 2019 because of this trade. There’s now more money that can be used to secure their future.
JPP was an integral part of the Giants Super Bowl XLVI team and one of the most feared pass rushers in the game before the accident with fireworks on July 4, 2015 forever changed things. The two-time Pro Bowler remained productive with the Giants and rebounded after a tough 2015 campaign to have a solid season in 2016.
But his play never lived up to the big contract the Giants gave him this past offseason, and now at 29-years old, he has become a surplus as general manager Dave Gettleman revamps this team on both sides of the ball.
And while 15.5 sacks over the past two years is certainly productive and strong, the time came for the Giants to move on from their former first-round pick. There once was a time when JPP had Giants fans jumping and shouting his name but there reaches a point when a return on investment is needed. That time comes pretty quickly for most defensive ends.
Especially since the time is all about the future for this team.
The Giants must retain Beckham long-term, despite the myriad of off the field issues that leaves us head-scratching and casts a certain amount of doubt on him as a player. But wide receivers like Beckham are generational, such is the immensity of his God-given talent, his smooth route running and ability to change the dynamics of an offense merely by his presence.
So if the Giants don’t trade Beckham soon, then they’ll need to re-sign him or risk seeing him walk away after his rookie contract expires following this season. Same goes for Collins, who is every bit the impact player Beckham is.
Already a two-time Pro Bowl selection, Collins has the potential to someday be enshrined in Canton. He’s a high-character player, and is hardworking and productive both on and off the field. He’s a building block player, the type that doesn’t come around very often. And in a league obsessed by cornerbacks, he is every bit as valuable to the Giants backend. The whole dynamic of their secondary changes because of Landon Collins.
So in order to keep both Beckham and Collins in their locker room, the Giants had to be done with JPP. It’s something that simply needed to transpire to ensure the long-term viability of the two most important players this franchise has had in more than a decade.
This move certainly stings, but this is a special kind of business. Should the Giants be able to keep Beckham and Collins, the move from JPP will be well worth it in the long run.