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Could Geoff Schwartz’s Injury Spark New York Giants to Trade for 49ers’ Alex Boone?

August 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

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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22 Responses to “Could Geoff Schwartz’s Injury Spark New York Giants to Trade for 49ers’ Alex Boone?”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Boone’s been a pretty good guard, so he’d slide in real nice at tackle for us.

  2.  Hanshi says:

    Gil Brandt ? @Gil_Brandt
    Alex Boone has been offered a contract by @49ers that would make him a top 12-paid OG. He turned it down.
    2:54 PM – 18 Aug 2014

  3.  Hanshi says:

    If Boone is unwilling to accept that type of deal, then it may ultimately prove impossible for 49ers to secure him unless they offer a ridiculous overpayment. Trading Boone may not be viewed as a viable option within the organization right now, but it could look better and better as the regular season draws closer.

    As pointed out by Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports, Boone’s trade value is seemingly on the rise:

  4.  GIANTT says:

    First , I think someone has stolen STOLLS login . Since when has he been so knowledgeable and upbeat about the Giants ? Seriously though Jim , I liked your comments and outlook .Now to my silly thoughts of today Sunday
    Cory Washington to Tight End ? I will beat this drum til a beat writer starts thinking it

  5.  GIANTT says:

    Seriously , Dan , how do I move the ad that sits right over this comments section ?

  6.  GIANTT says:

    Ok thats better .
    Second thought , Boone is an idiot . Yeah , hes good but if he is being offered top 12 money , how much more is he expecting to get ? PLUS a team will have to give up draft choice(s) . I dont see the Giants doing it . Unless the are REALLY desperate , I dont see anyone else doing it either .So , if nobody bites then he is stuck playing for at least one year at his old salary and then he can get a new contract which might pay him a little more than SFs current offer . But against that , what injury protection will he have this year ?
    Third thought was , several people have commented on the lack of pass rush from the Giants allowing Smith and Vick to do their running around thing .I was lookng at these plays and thinking , why is there no blitz showing ? I know that we would rather see a stong pass rush from the front 4 than rely on a blitz but just sowing up with one occasionally to throw Smith off his game would definitely help .
    My only thought then was – more beer – or maybe Fewell just didnt want to show his packages in preseason .

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Pretty sure it’s the latter.

      With the quality of coverage that DRC and Prince and Thurmond can provide this season if Fewell doesn’t use blitzes he should be fired.

      I don’t think most fans have yet started to understand that with these new rule interpretations if you do not throw the quarterback out of rhythm with the rush there’s almost no way to defend a receiver for more than a few seconds once he gets past the 5-yard mark from scrimmage. So unless we start to see a lot more pressure from bringing only four down linemen, we will HAVE to blitz on occasion.

  7.  GIANTT says:

    Btw , its not my bad typing , I think I am using a keyboard thats had coffee spilled on it so its making typing difficult

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    I wouldn’t even think about trading for Boone while giving him the contract he’s seeking.


    Because the Giants are almost certainly a quality left tackle, tight end, pass rusher, and possibly wide receiver away from a championship team (to say nothing of the months still required to get truly familiar with this offensive system), and the addition of Boone isn’t going to change that. Sure, it’s possible that Beatty suddenly starts looking like a quality LT, that Robinson suddenly shows that he was worth the hype, that JPP suddenly finds his game again, and that ODB gets fully healthy and excels by the time they’re a few weeks into the season, but the odds against more than one or two of those things happening are long.

    So I think the approach has to be that you use the draft to keep strengthening the offensive line (at a much cheaper price), especially at guard, a position at which you can find plenty of quality after the first two rounds, while waiting for Schwartz to come back from this injury. I would think this off-season will include the signing of an offensive lineman who will be relatively inexpensive and thought of as decent depth, the drafting of a left tackle, and the drafting of a guard/tackle plus a pretty intensive search for UDFAs who can grow into quality players on the offensive line. I do not see it making any sense to give up a reasonably high draft pick and then paying Boone something on the order of $8-9MM against the cap. In Schwartz, Richburg and Mosley they have a core of guards who can be supplemented by a 4th-6th round draft pick and a veteran free agent (perhaps someone still under 28 who has been unable to make it as a tackle but might be a good guard but was on a team with a lot of depth at guard and therefore not worth that team’s effort to convert him).

    So, no, I’ll take a pass. I think Garofalo is dead wrong on this one.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Ok then, looks like you have it all figured out FF. All kidding aside, makes perfect sense what you are saying FF but the Giants brass is not always in lock step with what we think.

  9.  skinnydoogan says:

    By the way I was just fu***** with you yesterday GIANTT.

  10.  GIANTT says:

    Skinny , I have it marked down . Remember , revenge is a soup best served cold

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