Giants Trade Brett Jones to Minnesota

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The competition for the starting center job is over as the Giants have traded Brett ones to the Vikings.

The New York Giants have traded center Brett Jones to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2019 draft pick.

Jones, who was present the start of the teams practice Sunday, was spotted walking off the field with a trainer about halfway in.

The team later announced that the former CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award winner in 2014 and the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award winner in 2013.

Jones, who was signed by the Giants in February 2015, appeared in 30 games over the last two seasons with 14 starts, 13 of which came last year after now former center Weston Richburg was lost for the season with a concussion.

This offseason, Jones received a second-round tender of $2,914,000 as a restricted free agent but was unable to defend his starting position at center against Jon Halapio.

The Giants also worked veteran guard John Greco in at center this summer, a role he performed well, which further made Jones expendable.

The Giants will receive a seventh-round pick from the Vikings in exchange for Jones. Minnesota's starting center, Pat Elflein, is currently on the team's PUP list.

"I think the trade was good for both," head coach Pat Shurmur said. "Hes one of my favorite guys and hes going to a really good place. With their situation in the offensive line, hes going to have a chance to compete to maybe be their starter."

New York originally had two seventh round picks in next years draft, their own and the Rams pick which was included in the trade for linebacker Alec Ogletree.

The Giants have committed one of those picks to Denver in exchange for punter Riley Dixon if he should make the 53-man roster.

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Patricia Traina
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I suspect they "settled" for the compensation they got in order to keep Jones away from the Cowboys.

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

I am re-emphazing my concern with this deal, in case there is bigger story behind the trade. It just seems like a "give-away" to accept a 7th round pick for a starter on the O-line. The vikings 7th round pick next year will be close to worthless ( what have we gotten recently with our 7th round picks, and we are picking way ahead of Minny?).

Jones was clearly "our first guy in" if injury or performance issues required a substitution at center or guard. And the now named starter, is one inch taller and 5 pounds heavier...basically immaterial. It appears we gave away a pretty decent player, in an area of extreme weakness for the Giants, for nothing. My question is why? A 7th round pick is like an UDFA selection. Yet no one ( except the fans) is screaming bloody murder and demanding an explanation. This is robbery. This smacks of incompetence or scandal. The "justification" thus far provided is pure nonsense.

Apan
Apan

Not a fan of this move as he was possibly the better center than Pio and the o-line wasnt exactly oozing with talent and depth

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

It doesn't seem that a 7th round pick is adequate compensation. Jones was our best depth at center and guard as far as I can tell. I still believe the O-line is not set for the season. It won't surprise me at all if new players are claimed from cuts. It simply seems that Flowers and our right guard ( Omemeh?) are not at the level needed to succeed in the NFL. And the way you describe the play of our current back-ups ( e.g. Wheeler ), it seems we have nothing on the bench. And with Jones now departed, aren't we further weakened?



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