The New York Giants made a trade with the New York Jets for defensive lineman Leonard Williams. This deal is questionable for both teams involved.
Reports of a unicorn sighting at MetLife stadium are false. An unlikely trade between the two teams that call the venue home, is very true. Monday, the New York Jets sent defensive lineman Leonard Williams across the stadium to the New York Giants in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and 2021 fifth-round pick.
It’s easy to picture Leonard Williams cleaning out his locker on one side of MetLife stadium packing a big bag and saying goodbye to his former Jets teammates. He then catches a golf cart ride with a groundskeeper to the other side of the place. After a three minute trip, Williams drops his bag off in the New York Giants locker room. He pads up and heads to practice like any other Tuesday.
The New York Jets drafted Williams sixth overall out of the University of Southern California in 2015. Since that time he has not missed any of the 71 games Gang Green played, starting 70 of them. Williams has 240 career tackles and 17 sacks (none in 2019). His best year was in 2016 when he made his only Pro Bowl. Once thought to be a key piece of a rebuilding Jets defense, he is now headed to bluer pastures.
It may not be a surprise to many around the league that Gang Green moved on from Williams, but this trade is incredibly weird. Aside from the absolute rarity of these two teams making a trade with each other (the last time was in 1983), the overall deal is questionable for both sides.