So much for that fire sale.
The entire league seemed to be bracing for the Giants to empty their locker room after they traded away cornerback Eli Apple and defensive tackle Damon Harrison last week. But it turned out that wasn't just the start of their purge, it was also the end of it - at least for now.
And that's fine. It appears the Giants got plenty of offers, but just weren't willing to give players away. That appears to be why cornerback Janoris Jenkins, specifically, is still a Giant. And it's why interested teams couldn't pry away young players like safety Landon Collins or receiver Sterling Shepard, either. When teams thought the Giants were having a fire sale, they came shopping for bargains.
But while a team source said the Giants were willing to discuss anyone, the marching orders from the front office were always that the price had to be right.
Just because it wasn't doesn't mean the purge is over. Every player that was on edge the last few days - Jenkins, linebacker Olivier Vernon and Collins, for starters - has to know they have an uncertain future with this team. Collins is unsigned past the end of this season. Vernon and Jenkins both have huge contracts that likely will be unaffordable - or at least welcome - as the Giants embrace their fate as a rebuilding team.
So you can count on more changes and plenty of veterans becoming cap casualties in February. The Giants look at their locker room and see their 4-20 record over the last two seasons and understand that it's not like they could do much worse. They are basically going to be starting over this offseason as much as possible, especially if they decide to make a quarterback change.
So, any player approaching 30, anyone with a big price tag, even ones like left tackle Nate Solder with the ink still drying on a massive contract, can't feel safe beyond the end of the year. So yes, the trades of Apple and Harrison were just the start of things for the Giants.
It's just going to take a little longer than some expected to get to the next step.