By Rob Schardt
One of the biggest needs on the Giants roster for this upcoming season is linebacker. After a trade yesterday that would send the G-men, Alec Ogletree, that need was well taken care of. Ogletree has only missed two games in his career and has racked up 501 total tackles along with six interceptions and 5.5 sacks. This trade was solid for the Giants because a player like Ogletree adds athleticism, speed, and youth to a linebacker corps that desperately needed it.
With new defensive coordinator, James Bettcher now in town, expecting to run 3-4 schemes with a lot of blitzing, the need becomes having speedy linebackers, and that’s what Ogletree brings to the table. Ogletree will line up next to outstanding linebacker, B.J Goodson, who struggled with injuries this past season. This combination can be at the top of the league’s best. With Goodson who is always running someone down and then laying the “BOOM” and Ogletree and his athleticism, the duo will be something to look out for.
The Giants have a lot of work left to do this offseason, but this move was great for a team that faced a lot this past season. The team sent a 2018 4th and 6th rounder to the Rams for Ogletree and a 7th round pick in the 2019 draft. Ogletree has signed a big contract extension last October, so this does hit the Giants cap, but it can be reduced to 4.5 million if they convert his roster bonus into a signing bonus. Ogletree looks to be a leader on the defensive side of the ball for the Giants, who lacked that last season. It should be interesting to see, where the team goes from here in free agency and the draft.
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