Kim Jones On WFAN: 'Gettleman’s Going To Be With Giants For A Long, Long Time'

Big Blue's GM Making Moves With Eyes Toward The Future

Joe & Evan
March 18, 2020 - 6:56 pm

NFL Insider and WFAN host Kim Jones joined the station’s afternoon show with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts Wednesday afternoon to cover the league's busy offseason.

After discussing the still hard to fathom news of Tom Brady departing the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones, Roberts and Benigno moved on to the New York teams.

“I still have yet to find anyone who understands the whole Leonard Williams deal," Jones said of the Giants recently franchise tagged defensive lineman. "The idea that now they probably feel like they had to tag him isn’t where you want to be. But that’s where they put themselves with a trade that wasn’t really necessary when they traded for him and I understand you want him in your building, you want him in your scheme, but you fired your defensive coordinator.”

Dave Gettleman dealt a third round draft pick to the New York Jets for Williams prior to last year's NFL trade deadline. It was a surprising move considering the Giants were not making a playoff push and Williams was set to be a free agent, but Big Blue has had trouble building their defensive line recently. 

"With corner and defensive line, at some point the Giants have to stop moving in circles.” Jones told Benigno and Roberts. “In 2018 they use a third-round pick for Sam Beal in the supplemental draft who can’t get on the field for a year. The next year they move up to get DeAndre Baker who wasn’t on some teams boards," she added. "There were red flags there. They chose to not only ignore the red flags, but to move up to get him.”

Jones highlighted other moves the Giants have made in recent years, including signing cornerback James Bradberry to a three-year deal this offseason. Bradberry was drafted by Gettleman when the GM was with the Carolina Panthers. 

Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) is called for pass interference on a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) in the first quarter on Dec 29, 2019 at Bank of America Stadium.
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“At some point you can’t keep spinning your top on two positions,” she said. “I hope with this free agency and draft, they can break that cycle for their sake and for all of our sakes, where the Giants and their being a good team effect our livelihood and our life.”

Roberts said looking at the way the Giants have handled this offseason, they’ve made moves that look depict a front office who believes they’ll be back next year, even without making the playoffs in the upcoming season. With a lot of free agency and the draft still left to go, Jones agreed they don’t look like a team that has caught up to the reigning division champion Philadelphia Eagles.

“I think Dave Gettleman’s going to be with the Giants for a long, long time. He has ownership support, he talked to us about his ‘computer folks,’ and they’re now doing some things differently with signing bonuses vs. roster bonuses and it is meant to keep you long-term in better health. The question is, when are the Giants going to start to win?" Jones asked. "Because three years and 12 wins isn’t something you necessarily want to perpetuate. They’re trying to end the losing while being smart about signings, and I do think you have to respect that idea.”

Also during their interview with Jones, Roberts shared news that the Jets officially released high-priced cornerback Trumaine Johnson after just two seasons with Gang Green.

"What A Shame,” Benigno said sarcastically. “Don’t let the door hit you on the rear freakin’ end. What a bust that guy was! Talk about a guy that took the money and ran."

In terms of the Jets other moves this offseason, Jones was in favor of their decision to bring pack corner Brian Poole on a one-year deal. She also highlighted their offensive line moves, re-signing Alex Lewis, while acquiriing center Connor McGovern and tackle George Fant.

“Christopher Johnson told us in November, the goal was to protect Sam,” Jones said referring to Gang Green’s young quarterback Sam Darnold. “So it’s not like the Jets had a hidden agenda here. And they won’t have a hidden agenda in the draft because they’ll continue to try and upgrade that offensive line.”

Click the audio player above to hear the full interview with Kim Jones