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Good news Eagles fans: The Giants are terrible

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 13, 2019 - 8:26 am

Over the past few days, and in the days to come, Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman will make plenty of moves that will be debated by fans. 

Whichever side of the debate you fall on, however, one thing is clear for fans -- it could be worse. 

The New York Giants made yet another head-scratching move on Tuesday night, trading away star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, a trade that was likely very popular amongst Eagles' cornerbacks. The move was the latest in a number of disastrous decisions by the franchise, almost ensuring that they will not compete for the NFC East title in 2019 -- which is even better news for both the Eagles and their fans. 

Here is a look back at the five worst decisions the Giants have made: 

5. Trading Odell: Isolated, the idea of trading Beckham is not a crazy one. The Giants were not going to win next season anyway. Yet another season of Beckham's prime was going to be wasted, and coming off of missing 16 games in the last two seasons, there is an argument to be made for moving him now when you could still get a first-round pick -- even though it was not a top-15 pick. The issue? The move comes one year too late, and does not mesh at all with the other decisions the franchise has made. If the Giants were blown away with an offer, the move might have made more sense. But trading one of the top receivers in the NFL -- and taking on $16 million in dead money -- at this point and for the return they got made zero sense. 

4. Giving Odell Beckham Jr. an extension: The Giants should have traded Beckham Jr. last offseason, a move that would have officially signaled the beginning of a rebuild. Instead, they handed Beckham a five-year, $90 million contract extension with over $40 million in guarantees. The decision backfired almost immediately, as Beckham hinted almost right away that he wanted out of New York, and the Giants got off to a 1-7 start. The decision then led to making the ability to trade him even tougher, and the decision to do so look even worse. If they don't hand Beckham an extension last offseason, and instead trade him, the decision would have made much more sense. 

3. Keeping Eli Manning: The Giants refusal to move on from Manning at quarterback has prevented their team from taking the next step forward. It has cost them qualified candidates at general manager, it has forced them into looking for a certain style of head coach, and it has tied them to a player at the most important position in sports that is terrible. The Giants have now held onto Manning two-years too many, and it looks like they are going to be doing it in 2019 as well. Even if they do decide to cut Manning, the damage of holding onto him has already been done. 

2. Taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2: The Giants' decision to take Barkley at No. 2 overall made no sense at the time and it looks even worse now. The Giants selected Barkley with the idea that he would make Manning, the offense, the offensive line and the entire team better, and allow them to compete right away. None of that happened. Yes, Barkley is a stud, but the Giants decided to pass on a number of young quarterbacks to select him, including Sam Darnold. The Giants could be heading into 2019 with Beckham Jr. and Darnold. Instead, they still have Manning and have Barkley with one year of his prime -- yes, his prime -- already wasted. Running backs don't often last long in the NFL. It is clear that Barkley's prime is going to be wasted away in New York. 

1. Hiring Dave Gettleman: No team in recent history has been mismanaged like the Giants have since Gettleman took over control. From keeping Manning, to taking Barkley, to extending and then trading Beckham, the Giants appear to have no blueprint or reasoning for any of their moves. In 2019, the Giants are run by a general manager that mentioned height and weight when discussing his disdain for analytics. As long as Gettleman is running the Giants, the Eagles will not have to worry about the Giants competing for the division title. 

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