Trades in football aren't as commonplace as they are in other team sports, but they do happen -- although in-season deals are rare. With the trading deadline approaching this coming Tuesday, it is unlikely many teams are prepared to dump players, but you never know.
The Giants could certainly use help in a few areas. Offensive line, fullback, tight end and defensive depth are all areas of need, but GM Jerry Reese is not one to part with his draft picks -- not the high ones, anyway.
The Giants would have to trade a player and perhaps a mid-to-late round draft pick to get anything of value in return. ESPN's Jordan Raanan believes if the Giants do swing a trade, it may include WR/KR Dwayne Harris, who he sees as a very expensive piece to carry in the future:
"Harris has been banged up and hasn't been used at all as a wide receiver this season," Raanan wrote this week. "He has been exclusively a special teamer. With Bobby Rainey capable of being a kick/punt returner, maybe another team would want Harris to jumpstart its return game and help its special teams. Harris is a useful piece, though he would come at a hefty price through 2019."
Harris was signed to an eyebrow-raising five-year, $17 million ($7.1 million guranteed) contract in 2015, a sum many executives around the league thought was outrageous. Harris' cap hit this year is $6.2 million followed by $3.8 million in 2017 and $4.05 million in both 2018 and 2019.
Harris has been, to his credit, a very effective kickoff returner and has also worn the hat as the team's punt returner. What he could return in a trade is unknown, but the biggest question is...what are the Giants looking for on the market right now? And who is available, anyway?
Several teams have virtually no shot at making the postseason this year. Cleveland. at 0-7, is pretty much done as are the 1-6 Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. The 2-5 Jacksonville Jaguars are another team going nowhere fast. They all could be open for business this week.
Cleveland says they are not interested in moving veteran OT Joe Thomas, but if the price is right, why wouldn't they? Same for the 49ers and OT Joe Staley?
The Bears would love to get rid of QB Jay Cutler, a player I'm sure the Giants wouldn't want under any circimstance. WR Alshon Jeffery is said to be available, but he's franchised and poised for free agency. I don't see the Giants showing any interest as wide receiver is the deepest unit on the roster. No way they go there.
The Jaguars have three tight ends: former Broncos star Julius Thomas, veteran Mecedes Lewis and rookie Ben Koyack out of Notre Dame. Whether the Giants have any interest in any of those three is unknown.
I'm certain Reese will stand pat here, even with his job on the line this season. It is a shame, because they are an incomplete team right now and won't really have many more opportunities to improve the club after next Tuesday.
For those asking, the Giants currently have $13.2 million in salary cap space to work with.