The New York Giants are in search of a trade partner.
Just a year after drafting wide receiver Kadarius Toney at No. 20 overall, the Giants are looking to already move on and trade the former first-round pick, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported on Friday.
Toney proved to be a headache at times during his rookie season with the Giants. He didn’t always act professionally behind the scenes, according to Leonard, with him not fully studying the playbook along with “poor behavior” during team meetings.
Toney could act up on the field as well, as he was ejected from an early-season contest against the Dallas Cowboys for throwing a punch at Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee.
Several injuries hindered Toney’s production on the field as he finished his tumultuous first season in the NFL with 39 receptions for 420 yards, but zero touchdowns.
With former New England Patriots assistant and first-year Giants coach Brian Daboll trying to establish himself at the helm, it seems like Daboll wants a clean slate to work with when it comes to his receiving corps.
It would be interesting if the Patriots would be willing to trade for Toney, who has a connection to the Patriots coaching staff. Toney’s head coach last year was none other than Joe Judge. New England hired back Judge as an offensive assistant this offseason after the Giants fired Judge following his two seasons in charge.
Toney would give another weapon to quarterback Mac Jones and Toney’s elusiveness in the open field could be utilized in the myriad of screens the Patriots love to run.
The price would certainly have to be right for the Patriots to want to acquire Toney, and they have the leverage in this situation with the Giants looking to unload the wide receiver.
New England already traded for a wideout in DeVante Parker this offseason, and if they have interest in Toney, the Patriots will have to decide if he is worth the headache to bring on board.