When Jonathan Casillas was reminded that Tuesday is the NFL buying and selling deadline, and that the occasions of this sorry season, greater than most, might set off the Giants to make a transfer or two, his eyes widened.
“Of who?’’ Casillas requested.
Within the subsequent breath, the veteran linebacker despatched a message to common supervisor Jerry Reese.
“That occurs,’’ Casillas stated. “I’ve been part of a commerce. Not too many guys have. I’m hoping you aren’t speaking about me. I’m gonna should name up Jerry after this and speak to him.’’
Casillas doesn’t need to go anyplace. Greater than possible, not one of the Giants are going anyplace. However you by no means know. They’re 1-6, and all their objectives for this season are already ruined. Eli Manning shouldn’t be going to steer the Giants anyplace, however he definitely can be a pretty addition to a contending group – though the no-commerce clause in his contract means he’s staying put. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is an skilled and gifted cornerback – a uncommon commodity within the league. Shane Vereen is a succesful operating again with a Tremendous Bowl pedigree. Casillas, if he recovers absolutely from a neck damage, might assist somebody’s protection.
Nobody might blame any of those gamers for wanting to maneuver on, however all of them need to keep.
“Completely,’’ Vereen stated Monday because the Giants returned to work following their bye week. “I need to end what I began right here. I’m excited to be right here, able to be right here. It’s a enterprise, I perceive it, if one thing occurs, it occurs however my mindset, I’m right here.’’
In his 10 years operating the present as the overall supervisor, Reese has made an in-season commerce solely as soon as, buying linebacker Jon Beason from the Panthers on Oct. three, 2013, for a seventh-spherical draft decide. Beason was hurting and benched in Carolina and he loved a profession resurgence, albeit temporary, with the Giants, who gained seven of their final 10 video games that season after a horrid zero-6 begin.
Casillas, 30, is from Jersey Metropolis and is aware of how this works. He gained a Tremendous Bowl with the Saints as a rookie in 2009 earlier than shifting onto the Buccaneers. He needed out of Tampa throughout a 2014 season that devolved right into a 2-14 mess and was granted his request, traded in late October that season to the Patriots, acquired in time to get his second Tremendous Bowl ring.
With the Patriots rolling alongside at 6-2 and this previous week dropping linebacker Dont’a Hightower to a season-ending torn pectoral, Casillas might be a horny choice. He definitely can be…