The Giants didn’t make more trades approaching Tuesday’s league-wide deadline, declining to blow up their roster any further from last week’s deals of defensive starters Eli Apple (Saints) and Damon Harrison (Lions) for draft picks.
The rest of the NFC East, meanwhile, made strong moves to improve their rosters for contention, underscoring that Big Blue (1-7) is the only team out of the division race.
The Dallas Cowboys (3-4) dealt a 2019 first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper last week. The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) shipped a 2019 third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for wide receiver Golden Tate on Tuesday.
And Washington made a final-hour trade prior to the 4 p.m. deadline with the Green Bay Packers, acquiring safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a 2019 fourth-round pick.
Collins clearly was a bit shaken.
“Yeah it’s very surprising,” Collins said softly, with hours to go before the deadline. “I mean, I do a lot for the team and organization, I was a draft pick here — yeah, it’s very surprising to me.
“Wherever I started that’s where I want to finish at,” Collins, 24, said. “Once it’s like eight years, 10 years in, that’s time for me to probably let it go and let them bring some new young cats in. But yeah for now, I’m expecting to stay here.”
Collins even said “I practiced with (the idea that Tuesday could be his final practice as a Giant) on my mind, yeah.” And he later said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio that he’d heard the Kansas City Chiefs had shown interest.
Jenkins, on the other hand, was ready for whatever news came his way.
“Business is business. If they let me go, they let me go. If they keep me, they keep me,” Jenkins, 29, said. “If they trade me, bro, they trade me. I don’t care. It is what it is. If they’re gonna keep me, they’re gonna keep me. Business is business, on to the next team.”
GM Dave Gettleman’s asking price for Collins reportedly was as high as a second-round pick. Collins originally was Jerry Reese’s high second-round pick in 2015 (he is the only player remaining on the roster from that draft class).
Collins’ rookie contract is up at the end of this season, so the Giants either will need to franchise tag him or negotiate a long-term extension. Jenkins has two years remaining after this season at $14.75 million cap hits and could be moved in the offseason.
So Gettleman’s pre-deadline activity remains limited to last week’s two meaningful trades: he got a 2019 fourth-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick from the New Orleans Saints for Apple, and acquired a 2019 fifth-round draft choice from the Detroit Lions for Harrison.
That gives the Giants nine picks in the 2019 draft, though none in the third round, because they used that pick in this year’s supplementary draft to select Western Michigan corner Sam Beal, who underwent shoulder surgery almost immediately and is on injured reserve.
Tuesday’s league-wide trade action wasn’t limited to the NFC East.
The L.A. Rams continued to load up, getting Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler in exchange for a 2019 third-rounder and a 2020 fifth-round pick. The Houston Texans snagged wide receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Denver Broncos for a 2019 fourth and a swap of seventh-rounders.
And the Packers unloaded malcontent running back Ty Montgomery for a seventh-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens. And the Giants watched.
The Giants on Tuesday waived defensive back Mike Jordan, one of six players they claimed on Sept. 2, the day after the team’s final cuts. Jordan played on special teams for two games and was inactive for the other six … The Giants have one more workout Wednesday before leaving for the bye week. Their next practice will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, in preparation for their next game, Nov. 12 on Monday Night Football at the San Francisco 49ers.