Eli Apple trade signals beginning of Giants rebuild
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants are in a rebuild. They won’t want to say it. Nobody likes that word in a sport where the current Super Bowl champion had a losing record the previous year. Admitting a rebuild is the equivalent of flipping the bird to your paying customers for the rest of the calendar year.
It’s just hard to look at the big picture and find a better term for what the Giants are doing, and what really needed to be done earlier this year. They’re 1-6 and just traded starting cornerback Eli Apple, a first-round pick (No. 10 overall) in 2016 by the previous regime who had played fairly well this season.
The Giants’ trade of Eli Apple was less an indictment of Apple’s play as a concession that it’s time to rebuild. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire
Apple’s had his problems since joining the Giants. He was far from a building block after being suspended and benched during a tumultuous season last year. But he’s a usable player at a premium position who has talent and value on the open market. So he’s now in New Orleans in exchange for a fourth-round pick next