The Daily News Live panel discusses whether the Giants should have traded for running back Trent Richardson to upgrade their ground game.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
As much as I like Richardson, it was not in the cards for the Giants to land him. We’re not even sure the Giants had any interest or even entertained the notion. I don’t think it would’ve happened even if they did.
Taking a first round pick from Jerry Reese would be like trying to pry a rifle away from Charlton Heston at an NRA rally: “From my cold, dead hands!”.
It’s not going to happen. If Jerry is going to give up a No.1 in a trade it would not be for a RB. Maybe an OT, lock-down corner or a three-down LB, but never a RB.
Trading for Richardson would have caused a rippling effect throughout the roster. First, what would they do with David Wilson?
A trade for Richardson would mean they drafted two RBs in the first round of the 2012 draft. They wouldn’t have done it then, so why would they do it now?
Second, how much of a salary cap hit would they have to absorb?
Richardson signed a fully-guaranteed, 4-year $20,489,796 deal with Cleveland in 2012. Over $13 mil of the contract was in the form of a signing bonus, which Cleveland has already paid. Here’s the cap figure the Colts are looking at:
Not outrageous at all when you break it down. But still…that money should be allocated to areas of severe need (OL, LB) rather than a RB. Unfortunately, Reese isn’t using it to sure up those units, either.
Third, the “crown of the helmet” rule was instituted partly because of the way Richardson runs. He’s a true battering ram who seeks out contact. I’m sure he can adjust his style to avoid being penalized, but he has been emasculated a bit by this new rule.