Giants Trade Eli Apple To Saints

October 23, 2018 - 2:05 pm


With their season virtually over, the Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

Big Blue is receiving a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-round pick in 2020. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report on the trade, which has since been announced by the Giants.

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The Giants selected Apple with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, but his time in New York was up and down. In his two-plus seasons with the Giants, which included 30 games and 23 starts, Apple registered 120 tackles, one interception, 20 passes defensed, one forced fumble and six fumble recoveries.

He also had disciplinary issues. The Giants suspended him for last year's finale for "conduct detrimental to the team," and he reportedly butted heads with then-coach Ben McAdoo and teammates on more than one occasion. Safety Landon Collins once called him a "cancer." 

It appeared Apple was on his way out of New York after last season, but new general manager Dave Gettleman wiped the slate clean.

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Apple's mother, Annie, took to Twitter immediately after news of the trade broke to thank the Giants.

"Thank you Mr. Mara, Jerry Reese, and Coach Macadoo for drafting Eli Apple," she wrote. "You gave a little football nerd opportunity to live his dream. Special thanks to Mr. Mara for all he did for me during my illness last season. Will never forget it."

The Giants lost to the Atlanta Falcons 23-20 on Monday night, falling to 1-6 on the season. Apple had five solo tackles and a fumble recovery in that game.

The NFL's trade deadline is Oct. 30.

NFL reporter Jason La Canfora tweeted shortly after the trade that he's hearing the Apple trade "may just be tip of the iceberg. Strong perception among other teams (that) the Giants are 'open for business' ahead of next week's trade deadline."