Giants general manager Dave Gettleman insists he has a plan.
"You can win while building a roster," Gettleman said in a press release after trading the large receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the Cleveland Browns. have a plan, and this is a part of it. "
It all sounds very nice in theory, but it's hard to understand how this roster is able to match the five victories of last season.
After all, Gettleman conceded three times the security of the Pro Bowl to Landon Collins to go free agency, exchanging a generational talent at Beckham and the best pass run on one of the worst defenses of passing the championship (Olivier Vernon), all the time he attacks with a quarterback in decline in the 38 year old Eli Manning.
Gettleman could also stay on podium, channeling his inner Pig Killer from Mad Max and being honest: "it's not a plan." [1
It was Gettleman who thought the Giants were close enough to compete last season and exaggerated with free access to veterans like guard Patrick Omameh, running back Jonathan Stewart, swapped the capital draft for linebacker Alec Ogletree, reported left tackle Ereck Flowers and passed a quarterback with the number 2 or verall pick
Last year he was trying to make a last postseason run with Manning, it seems that this offseason is a last ditch attempt to put together a roster to survive Manning's farewell tour with the goals set to compete in 2020. Maybe.
It is questionable at this point if Gettleman has any ideas about what he is doing, but here's a better hypothesis to his master plan:
Load draft choices to create flexibility:
Dating back to the 2018 NFL's trade deadline, it seems that Gettleman's top priority is to add as many proofs as possible to try to acquire blue chip talent and create a draft night flexibility.
The Giants exchanged the Damon Harrison nose tackle at the Detroit Lions for an Eli Apple fifth round pick and dealback to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round and seventh-round pick.
At present, the Giants currently have 12 selections in NFL Draft in April after acquiring the pick No. 17 and in the third round with the right guard Kevin Zeitler in the trade who sent Beckham and Vernon to the Browns.
Following Gettleman's operations, which weakened the roster, the Giants have three choices in the top 40 and regained a third round which was forfeited when they chose the Sam Beal corner in the supplemental Draft last summer.
The giants now have more than enough choices to exchange up to selection n. 2 for the Ohio quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the third round the selection makes a potential trade possible for the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen.
Similarly, if the Giants use each of their four choices in the first four rounds, they have the option to add a potentially elite pass rail, starting the right hand tackle and another co-worker.
Clear large-scale contracts, mostly signed by the predecessor, out of the book
The total remaining hits from Apple, Harrison and Vernon's offers are about $ 51 million in the next two seasons that should allow the Giants to be great players in free agency.
Furthermore, Beckham's trading generated $ 31.5 million in spending flexibility over the next two years.
At present, the Giants have a maximum of $ 126.192 million in the cap cap next season and $ 128.765 million to spend in 2021.
If the Giants draft class in 2019 can reflect or exceed the 2018 success (four quality starters in running back Saquon Barkley, left-wing guard Will Hernandez, defender BJ Hill and external linebacker Lorenzo Carter), Gettleman should have the ability to sign virtually any free agent he believes is an adaptation
Identify the quarterback of the franchise of the future … But, don & # 39; T hurry to play him
One thing that Gettleman seemed to telegraph during the NFL Combine is his long-term plan to the quarterback.
"The Kansas City model worked very well," Gettleman said. "You can mention a number of models in which they had a veteran and drafted a young boy. At some point in time, the torch is gone and everyone is gone. And it was a pleasure, they all went."  It is obvious that Manning has no future beyond 2019, and questionable if there is any reason to bring him back for next season, but Gettleman seems to be poised to exit the NFL Draft with a young quarterback to develop for the start soccer 2020.
If the Giants are in love and are able to come up with Kyler Murray of the Oklahoma or Dwayne Haskins of the state of Ohio at the top of the NFL Draft or can launch a couple of choices to the Cardinals for Rosen, the landing of a young quarterback seems to be a priority.
A trade for Rosen could complicate Manning's status for 2019, but a newbie will probably sit on board for at least half a season without any pressure to play this year, but be ready to take over the offense of the next season.
Rewrite the offense:
The Giants offense went through Barkley last season, especially in the second half of the sea n, while it ended with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns, but Beckham was always Manning's primary weapon.
Manning had attempted 576 passes last season with Beckham targeted on 124 high teams.
Beckham was the last chance to save for the crime and could take the defense off his game speed.
However, with Beckham set to take the passes from Baker Mayfield next season, expect the Giants offense to be built around Barkley both as a runner and a receiver after the rookie was targeted 121 times last season. When Manning does not target Barkley, wait for the ball to be dealt to the Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram receiver.
This kind of offensive versatility is similar to the head coach that Pat Shurmur raced with Minnesota Vikings two seasons ago with the big receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph.
The defenses will probably crowd the box to make life harder for Barkley without having to worry about Beckham stretching into the field, but Shurmur will fall to maximize the weapons the Giants have in the passing game with a balanced attack and a game creative.
Build the crime with an emphasis on the front-seven
It is clearly obvious that Gettleman does not appreciate the payment of defensive backs.
If he was not tagging Collins or terminating the tag on All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman when he was the general manager of the Carolina Panthers, Gettlem's preference to build a defense from the front-seven back was clear. This is probably why getting a Jabril Peppers on a rookie contract was a priority in Beckham's business.
Markus Golden, who is familiar with defender coordinator James Bettcher's scheme, and potentially adding a front-row defender or two NFL Draft would have laid the groundwork for the kind of defense that Gettleman and Giants hope to build in the coming years  –
The Giants will look significantly different this season and take on a very different personality than the teams that included Vernon, Collins and Beckham.
Similarly, it is sometimes difficult to intertwine Gettleman's moves because he swings between the supervision of a complete demolition to rebuild the roster one day and wrongly try to compete with his neighbor. This is exactly why it is so difficult to understand exactly what the final game of Gettleman is.
There is no guarantee that your plan, whatever it is, will really work.
Matt Lombardo could be reached at MLombardo@njadvancemedia.com . Follow him on Twitter @MattLombardoNFL