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Giant Purge: Eli Apple traded to New Orleans; Who’s next?

The New York Giants are in full sell mode after losing their sixth game of the season on Monday night. On Tuesday, they unloaded cornerback Eli Apple in a surprise move.

But was it? Apple was persona non grata last year at this time and when Dave Gettleman walked through the door as the new general manager, he vowed to get rid of the players who didn’t want to be there. He immediately dumped offensive lineman Bobby Hart and then turned over the roster by changing 30 of the 53 faces on it.

Two weeks ago, he waived the beleaguered Ereck Flowers after his shift to right tackle failed to ignite a spark. Now, he has traded Apple, the 10th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Giants have a long memory. Even though they lauded Apple for his attitude change this season and stated that he was dealing with “a clean slate,” it is apparent that Gettleman had it in for him. A soon as he got an acceptable offer for Apple, he dealt him.

So, who else could be jettisoned from the Giants’ roster before the trade deadline on October 30? We have some ideas.

QB Eli Manning

Yes, we know he has a no-trade clause in his contract, but the Giants are going nowhere with the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer. He is clearly not in their future plans. If they can’t find a suitor for him this coming week, he’ll surely be released in the offseason while the Giants search for his successor, either on their own roster (Kyle Lauletta), in free agency, the NFL Draft or via a trade (Derek Carr?).

Manning’s base salary for this year is only $10.5 million and the season’s half-over. A team could send the Giants a mid rounder for Eli and get him for $5 million the rest of this season and $11.5 million next year.

OLB Olivier Vernon

Okay, the Giants tried and it didn’t work out. Vernon is going to cost them a fortune to keep, so he’s likely gone after the year anyway. The Giants will eat the $8 million in dead cap this year and $4 million next year. Vernon cannot stay healthy and when he is, has not been the difference maker they had hoped. He can be had for a song right now.

CB Janoris Jenkins

He has been inconsistent at times, but is still a top corner in this league. He’s just making too much money for the Giants to keep. Any team would love to have him, but the Giants’ asking price might be a bit too high. He’s due to make $10.15 million in each of the next two seasons and his cap hits are $7.5 and $3.5 million over that time. Wouldn’t be the worst thing if they kept him, but after trading Apple, they may see him as a cornerstone.

Who they likely won’t trade…

Nate Solder would be a candidate after coming in and laying an egg here for the Giants, but they are locked into him for at least another year, so he’s going nowhere.

Damon Harrison has been paid out and is only on the books for $15 million over the next two seasons, so he’s cheap enough to keep right now.

It’s doubtful that Alec Ogletree will be dealt, especially after the Giants restructured his deal before the season. They see him as a building block on defense. At least for the short term.

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