We conclude our Monday coverage of Week 8 with a short look at the trade deadline with less than 24 hours left.
Receiving a 2024 second-rounder and '25 fifth-rounder for versatile, good-not-great player Williams feels like a genius move. Just in a way you may not realize.
The Giants agreed to reduce Williams's base for '23 to the minimum (more than $9 million of the $10 million he has left in a contract year) and pay the difference in a signing bonus.
I think the Giants used cap space and budgeted money to buy higher picks, which is imaginative and savvy.
This contract is similar to the Rams' 2021 deal to sign Von Miller, in which the Broncos agreed to eat most of Miller's remaining salary in exchange.
The Broncos selected linebacker Nik Bonitto, center Luke Wattenberg, and linebacker Drew Sanders.
Vikings edge Danielle Hunter, Washington's Montez Sweat, and Chase Young are the biggest pass rushers on the market, so I'm surprised there hasn't been more action.
Offering a second-rounder for any of those guys may sway those teams. I think Hunter, Sweat, or Young would be a steal if Williams paid more.