Giants trade CB Apple to Saints for draft picks
7:35 PM ET
METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints added to their aggressive flurry of trades this year by sending fourth- and seventh-round draft picks to the New York Giants for cornerback Eli Apple on Tuesday.
The fourth-round pick is in the 2019 draft and the seventh-round pick is a 2020 selection.
“We’re doing what we can right now to win football games, but we’re also always looking at the roster on a short-term and a long-term basis,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday afternoon. “We felt like it was good value. Eli has played well for us here this year. He’s going to be a Saint now, and so we wish him well.”
The move is a gamble, considering Apple’s struggles on and off the field in New York last year. But the former first-round pick has played well this season, starting all five games when healthy. And cornerback was arguably the biggest need for the Saints (5-1).
The Giants, meanwhile, decided to give a clean slate to Apple after his tumultuous sophomore season, which ended with him being suspended for arguing with a coach and included teammate Landon Collins calling him a “cancer.”