Evan Engram Trade Rumors: Giants Told Teams They Had 'No Interest' in Dealing TE

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2019

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram plays against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The New York Giants reportedly informed teams they had no interest in trading tight end Evan Engram before last Tuesday's deadline.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Giants rebuffed teams "no matter what they offered." The report did not delve into potential compensation.

Engram, 25, has not quite lived up to his first-round billing but remains an effective starting tight end. He's recorded 38 receptions for 419 yards and three touchdowns through seven games in 2019, putting him on pace for his best NFL season.

The Giants view Engram as a building block for their young offense, which is highlighted by star running back Saquon Barkley and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Barkley is the reigning NFL Rookie of the Year and has looked stellar this season despite missing time with a high ankle sprain. Jones has been much more of a mixed bag but has found chemistry with Engram as his safety valve.

Unless a team came through with an astronomically high offer, it was unlikely the Giants would entertain moving Engram. He is under contract through at least the 2020 season and will likely have his fifth-year option picked up this offseason.

The Giants acted more like a team building for the immediate future than tearing down at the deadline, holding onto their veterans and acquiring defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the Jets