Although the Dallas Cowboys is a division rival, the New York Giants could be able to trade this offseason with the Cowboys.
The Cowboys claim that they will make more moves this offseason in free agency, but the team may still need another wide receiver of starter-quality. The Giants are looking to offload a pass catcher.
Pat Leonard, a New York Daily News beat writer reported that the Giants are interested in trading their 2021 draft pick, wide receiver Kadarius Toney. Toney did not initially report to any offseason meetings and events. New York head coach Brian Daboll confirmed this on April 20.
Leonard tweeted, “Breaking: Giants looking to trade WR Kadarius Toney, making calls about what they can get as their 2021 1st-round pick,”
Giants HC Brian Daboll says Kadarius Toney is not here at voluntary pre-draft minicamp. Says Toney hasn’t received the playbook yet, because they haven’t done anything virtual. Daboll is careful to remind this is a voluntary camp. But given Toney’s history, this is noteworthy. pic.twitter.com/yVnYpd7S92
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) April 20, 2022
According to a report by Bobby Skinner, Toney was at the Giants’ facility April 25, which was confirmed and verified by Leonard.
After a disappointing rookie season, it’s not surprising that Toney might be considered for bail by the Giants. 20th overall pick in 2021 draft play only 10 games. Despite the red flags, Toney’s talent is undeniable.
Cowboys fans saw this firsthand when Toney caught 10 passes and gained 189 yards in a game against Dallas. Dallas could be searching for a high-quality receiver, and would be willing to try it.
Toney was a national star as a Blount High School player in Mobile, Alabama. He then chose Florida Gators to play college football. Toney was not a top NFL prospect when he entered his senior season in 2020.
Toney had 606 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in his first three years. However, the 6-foot receiver took full advantage of his last year at college , bringing down 70 receptions to total 984 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns.
New York was sold on Toney’s quickness and playmaking abilities, but Toney didn’t break out as expected. He received 420 receiving yards and no touchdowns per Pro Football Reference.
In Week 5’s Giants’ loss to the Cowboys 44-20, Toney hit Damontae Kazee with a punch. This was overshadowed by his breakthrough performance.
Although trading for a player who was prone to throwing punches at your own players wouldn’t be an good decision, Jerry Jones, Cowboys general manager, has frequently acted in unconventional ways. He has shown that he can improve the Cowboys team at the right price.
Toney’s major concern: What would the Giants do for him? ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan stated that the Giants would want a “significant return” for Toney, possibly signaling that they want to recoup their first-round pick on the ex-Florida star.
The Cowboys may be forced to play if they aren’t willing to take a third-round or Day 3 pick. Dallas might be interested. Otherwise, the Cowboys’ second-round pick on its own could be considered a fair offer for Toney.