The New York Giants aren't the type of franchise expected to wheel and deal in the offseason.
I would have said the same thing about the Giants' in-season behavior seven months ago, but in a near-unprecedented move, New York traded a seventh-round pick for Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason. Before the Beason blockbuster, the Giants hadn't agreed upon an in-season trade since they swapped two picks in the 1987 NFL draft for St. Louis Cardinals running back Ottis Anderson—he would later be named the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.
So far, Beason's impact has been equally favorable. The move to acquire him—made out of desperation after four consecutive losses—has solidified an otherwise shaky defensive unit. His effectiveness as a run-stopper stretches from sideline to sideline, as Beason is easily the best to man New York's middle linebacker position since the departure of Antonio Pierce following the 2009 season.
Now, after a 7-9 finish in 2013, the Giants should still feel that same sense of urgency. The successful trade for Beason should boost New York's confidence in the coming months, as the Giants may pursue a more aggressive offseason plan than they typically have in recent years. Perhaps another trade is in the franchise's future.
This article will highlight the five most realistic trade scenarios for the Giants to pursue this offseason.