4 Players the New York Giants Should Consider Trading Away at NFL Trade Deadline

Benjamin J. BlockCorrespondent IIOctober 29, 2012

4 Players the New York Giants Should Consider Trading Away at NFL Trade Deadline

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    The only thing athletes have complete control over is their effort, but even that might prove to be insufficient for four New York Giants players as the NFL trade deadline looms.

    In the midst of Hurricane Sandy, general manager Jerry Reese faces some tough, but necessary decisions to make in regard to his 6-2 first-place Giants by 4:00pm Tuesday.

    In Reese's four-plus seasons as Giants GM, the team has never finished a season under .500, in large part to his masterful judgment of talent.

    His ability to scout, trade and draft at this level has resulted in two Super Bowl trophies—all while the impatient-by-nature Giants fans dissect his every move.

    While the NFL trade deadline is usually a quiet time, lets take a look at some of the dead weight that New York should let go as it gears up to play the second half of the 2012 season.

Remember What I Did in Week 3?

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    As hard as Andre Brown has tried to be a bright spot for the Giants' running game, his biggest value could be as trade bait.

    Brown's 113-yard career-high game in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers is old news, and he hasn't been able to sustain that kind of running since then.

    Besides that career game and his decent effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brown's third-most effective game was a mere 21 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. 

    Brown has had better ball security than the feisty Ahmad Bradshaw, but Bradshaw's tenacity and personality better epitomize Big Blue and its fans.

    Brown is that player who possesses just enough value where it makes sense to trade him by the deadline.

    The Giants can afford to trade Brown because they still have rookie sensation David Wilson to go to as a potential backup to Bradshaw.

    There's also buzz around the NFL that the Panthers are fielding calls for the services of DeAngelo Williams.

    Williams has become an afterthought in Cam Newton's offense, and there's no question that he would benefit from a change of scenery.

    The 29-year-old Williams would be a welcomed veteran complement to Bradshaw. 

    As 4:00 on Tuesday gets closer, there's always the option of trading Brown for draft picks, and Giants fans know how resourceful Reese has been with his draft choices.

Cut the Dead Weight

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    Fifth-year man Kenny Phillips is still rehabbing his knee after injuring himself in the 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles back on October 1.

    The often-injured safety is at risk of finding himself off the Giants team completely by Tuesday afternoon.

    Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Phillips has gone down with a knee injury, as he was sidelined in 2009.

    Stevie "Wonder" Brown has taken full advantage of his playing time since Phillips went down, and he solidified his impact with two interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Cowboys this past Sunday.

    Brown has injected a lot of youth and athleticism into the Giants secondary, and he always appears to wreak havoc on receivers.

    Antrel Rolle and Corey Webster are holding things down, while Michael Coe, Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley have become more cohesive.

    Terrell Thomas' return next year is unlikely due to the third ACL injury of his career, which he suffered this past preseason.

    The Giants are facing the possibility of not getting anything in return for Thomas if they don't pick up his option.

    They don't want that to happen with Phillips, so it makes sense to part ways with him now so New York could pick up a much needed draft pick or a younger and healthier cornerback/safety. 

Over the Hill?

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    With the insertion of Will Beatty and Sean Locklear's move from left to right tackle, David Diehl's sprained MCL hasn't been a problem for the Giants offensive line.

    Since Diehl went down in Week 2 against the Bucs, the offensive line has been very frugal in giving up sacks, and the running game has taken off as well.

    Diehl came back in Week 6, but he has been relegated to the jumbo tight-end role.

    A new position is not uncharted territory for him, as he's started at every offensive line spot but center in his 10 seasons with Big Blue.

    Despite his versatility, it seems that Diehl is a step slow, and it could be worth it to trade the 32-year-old for some younger legs, as Reese needs to protect his biggest asset—Eli Manning.

    If Reese can't find a younger offensive lineman by the trade deadline, trading Diehl for draft picks would be beneficial as well.

Controversial but Practical

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    Osi Umenyiora's contract has been the elephant in the room for Giants brass and fans for the last year or so.

    While he was able to restructure the final year of his contract for this season, he will undoubtedly want one more big contract following it.

    When the G-men drafted Umenyiora back in 2003, it was highly controversial due to the fact that nobody had heard of him, but he has proven to be one of the quickest and best pass-rushers that his league has seen over the last 10 years.

    You never want to count Osi out, but his production has been noticeably down, as he has only registered three sacks at the halfway point of this season.

    For someone who has developed the reputation of a guy who is usually in or around every play, he has yet to force any fumbles this season—something he had a great knack for in his previous nine years. 

    Guys like Chris Canty and Linval Joseph have emerged as major defensive threats for the Giants, and Adrian Tracy and Marvin Austin are being groomed for the future.

    Most notably, you can anticipate that the Giants will soon try to restructure Jason Pierre-Paul's five-year, roughly $20 million contract, so Umenyiora's demand for money will just fall on deaf ears.

    Trading Osi by the deadline and getting something in return would be better than letting him play out the season and allowing him to walk without getting anything of value in return.