The dislocated toe injury that New York Giants starting left guard Geoff Schwartz is being looked at in a worst-case scenario, as he is heading to see a foot specialist, which according to one former NFL team doctors opinion, may land him on season-ending injured reserve.
So if Schwartz's season ends before he ever plays an official game after signing the four-year deal in free agency this past March, it will be a devastating blow to an offensive line that already had question marks surrounding it going into the regular season and without Schwartz, it could head from bad to worse.
Now the team has rookie Weston Richburg who took some reps in practice this past week at left guard, but he's also done the same at right guard and some think he could end up un-seating Brandon Mosley for the right guard job. So if Richburg is viewed as the guy to take over for Chris Snee at the right side, the Giants might need another solution for guard and there's one possible idea that was brought up a few weeks ago.
There was a report that the Giants were potentially viewed as a front-runner to make a deal for San Francisco 49ers' guard Alex Boone, as he is currently holding out looking for a new deal. Even with the Giants healthy at both guard spots, the Giants had rumored interest in Boone, but if Schwartz and the Giants get the ultimate bad news (which a lot of people think may happen) then it could really spark the team's interest if needed.
Last year, the Giants offensive line was downright terrible and in the preseason, the line was already showing some signs of inconsistency and struggling again and a 33-year-old Eli Manning simply can not afford to have the line in front of him struggle to the point where he's taking a beating every single game and running for his life.
Jerry Reese showed last October that he will do what it takes to make a trade in order to improve a glaring weakness; as he took a major gamble on dealing for Jon Beason and the gamble proved to be a successful one since Beason helped turned around a struggling defense and paved the way for a top 10 unit in the league.
Once again, Reese has another glaring need staring him in the face heading into the season with the offensive line. Boone is out there and ripe for the taking if someone makes a strong enough offer to San Francisco that will get him out of there (along with a contract extension.) Getting Manning the best possible protection around him is absolutely necessary if the Giants have any hopes of having a rebound season in 2014.
When asked by a fan on Twitter if the Giants trading for Boone was now a possibility, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports said that with Schwartz's injury, making the trade should be a top priority now.
By trading for Boone, it could help soften the blow of potentially losing Schwartz for the season, especially since Schwartz had developed last year into one of the top guards in the league. Ultimately, it's the move the Giants need to make as soon as possible.
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