It’s safe to say that last year’s mid-season addition of Leonard Williams is one of Dave Gettleman’s less well-received roster moves over his two-year span with the New York Giants.
Gettleman sent multiple draft picks, including a third-rounder in last month’s Draft, to acquire Williams from the Jets in late October of last year. A move that, approximately seven months later, still leaves the masses dumbfounded.
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Gettleman Takes Heat for Leonard Williams Move
Bill Barnwell of ESPN recently ranked the 2020 offseasons for all 32 NFL teams. Barnwell applauded the Giants’ additions of free-agent signee James Bradberry and 1st-round pick Andrew Thomas. However, New York’s insistence of doubling down on the Leonard Williams trade by slapping the franchise tag on him was too drastic of a misstep for Barnwell to look over. In return, pushing Big Blue to the middle of the pack in his rankings, checking in at No. 14.
What went wrong: Gettleman also placed the franchise tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams, doubling down on the inexplicable trade he made to acquire Williams for a going-nowhere Giants team last season. Williams will make $16.2 million and attempt to have his long-awaited breakout season in 2020, while New York will send a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Jets to go with the third-rounder it shipped this past draft. Williams proceeded to file a grievance in the hopes of being repositioned as a defensive end, which would earn the former USC star an additional $1.7 million.
Should NY Have Let Williams Walk?
Barnwell didn’t stop there. The ESPN writer insinuated that Gettleman should have essentially swallowed his pride, admitted that the Williams trade was a personal “folly,” and moved on from the d-lineman this offseason.
What they could have done differently: Letting Williams leave would have been embarrassing given the original trade, but given the circumstances, the Giants should have treated Gettleman’s folly like a sunk cost and moved on accordingly. (Contrary to Gettleman’s expectations in December, they would not have earned a third-round compensatory pick for letting Williams leave, because he wasn’t likely to net the sort of offer that would have resulted in such a significant return. They also would have netted that pick only if they sat out the top end of free agency, which would …read more