Giants Bid Against Themselves on Leonard Williams Trade and Dave Gettleman Has Done it Again

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets in action against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
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For the first time in history, the New York Giants and New York Jets struck a deal, as the Jets sent veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020 and a fifth-round pick in 2021.

While Williams' versatility and run-stuffing ability make him a quality lineman in this league, his lack of pass-rushing power and free agent status made the Giants' end of the bargain seem a bit too high. It's even more bizarre the Giants gave up so much when you realize that they were they only team vying for his services.

Either Jets GM Joe Douglas is the most silver-tongued negotiator out there, or Dave Gettleman pulled another Dave Gettleman and overpaid.

This trade came way out of left field, and doesn't make much sense. Like the Jets, the Giants are rebuilding at 2-6. Their one position of strength on defense, however, is the defensive line. Why trade two draft picks for another defensive lineman who could either leave after this year, or potentially turn that fifth-rounder into a fourth-rounder if he re-signs?

No one can top the Jets in terms of hilarious stupidity, but the once-proud Giants are doing their best to rival their crosstown clown show.