The New York Giants enter a pivotal offseason after a disastrous 2023 campaign that saw them only win six games and finish a top-10 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
The Giants have a ton of key free agents to sign, such as star running back Saquon Barkley and veteran safety Xavier McKinney.
However, New York only has $27 million in cap space to work with, so they will need to make a few trades this offseason to free up some space and bring in additional draft capital. Below, we’ll discuss a few players New York could move this offseason in hopes of retooling their roster to get back to the playoffs for the second time in the last three years.
1. Darius Slayton
The veteran wide receiver has been mentioned in trade rumors since 2022, but the Giants have kept him, which was smart on their end. Slayton was New York’s best receiver this year, posting 50 receptions (79 targets) for 770 yards (team-high) and four touchdowns.
The Giants could keep Slayton for another season, as he has a base salary of $2.5 million and a cap hit of $7.9 million.
However, after having a solid 2023 campaign, Giants GM Joe Schoen might be better off trying to trade the veteran wide receiver to a contending team looking to add a receiver that can take the top off the defense.
If the Giants take a wideout with their first-round pick, their receiver room gets crowded with a rookie, Wan’Dale Robinson, Jaylin Hyatt, and Slayton. At that point, New York would be better off going with a youth movement and spending money in free agency for an upgrade at wide receiver.
Slayton would be a nice option for a team such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, or Philadelphia Eagles that need a wide receiver with vertical speed who can be a quality WR3. The 27-year-old receiver has outplayed his draft position (fifth round), but if you’re the Giants, you must think about the future.