The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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Derrius Guice's 2019 season is over.
After suffering an MCL sprain to the same knee he tore the ACL in a year ago, the Redskins are placing the running back on injured reserve.
This will be Guice's third time landing on IR in just two NFL seasons. He landed on the list after tearing his ACL in August of 2018, costing him his entire rookie season. Guice was placed on IR earlier this season after he tore the meniscus in his other knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss to the Eagles, causing him to miss the Redskins next eight games.
The move this time is prioritizing Guice's health for the 2020 season and beyond. Theoretically, if the Redskins were to be in the playoff hunt, Guice could have recovered in time to play again this season. But with the Redskins 3-10 and eliminated from January football, the organization values Guice's health in the future more than playing in three relatively meaningless games this season.
Since returning from his meniscus injury, Guice seemed to be hitting his stride. In Week 13, Guice rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Before suffering the MCL sprain on Sunday, Guice was well on his way to another big day. He finished with 42 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard run.
The 2020 offseason will be the first time Guice has a full offseason healthy to workout and prepare for the coming year since entering the NFL. Although he's played in just five career games, Guice has shown plenty of flashes of how good he can be.
Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority for No. 29 moving forward, and the Redskins are doing their best to make that happen with this move.
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Cornerback Simeon Thomas' time in Washington is likely over.
Thomas has been suspended without pay four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Since there are only three weeks remaining in the 2019 season, Thomas is not eligible to play until Week 2 of the 2020 season.
The Redskins signed Thomas before Week 2 after an injury to cornerback Greg Stroman. Thomas has played in all 12 games for the Redskins since in primarily a backup role.
Ironically, Thomas had the most action he's seen all season this past week. The second-year cornerback played 39 defensive snaps on Sunday in place of Quinton Dunbar, who was forced to exit early due to a hamstring injury. Fabian Moreau was also dealing with a hamstring injury as well.
Thomas was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2018 draft but waived during final roster cuts. He spent time in the Seahawks organization for parts of 2018 and 2019 but was never promoted to the active roster.
With Thomas suspended and injuries to Dunbar and maybe Moreau, there's a chance Josh Norman returns to the field. Norman was benched prior to the Redskins Week 12 win over Detroit due to his ineffectiveness.
Now, the Redskins may not have a choice but to play their highly-priced cornerback who will likely be released this offseason.
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