The New York Giants made a rare trade with their crosstown rivals yesterday when they acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the Jets.
In exchange, the Jets will receive a third-round pick in 2020 and a fifth-rounder in 2021. The fifth-round pick in 2021 will become a fourth-rounder if Williams signs an extension with the Giants before the start of the 2021 league year. The Jets are paying $4-million of the $6-million remaining on Williams' contract this year.
Williams joins a Giants defense that desperately needs an influx of talent. What complicates matters is that Williams, a first-round pick in 2015, becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Jets, once again out of playoff contention, are obviously addressing their future and are loading up on draft picks as they head into another rebuilding cycle, this time under first-year general manager Joe Douglas—who is obviously focusing on his second year.
This is the first time the Jets and Giants have made a trade!
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