'It Makes No Sense': Mike Francesa Reacts To Giants Trading For Leonard Williams


The NFL trade deadline arrives Tuesday, and both the Giants and Jets preceded that deadline by making a trade.

For the first time in decades, the two teams actually traded with each other. According to multiple reports, Leonard Williams was dealt from the Jets to the Giants, with the former franchise receiving two draft picks in return for the defensive lineman.

Mike Francesa couldn’t believe that the struggling Giants made the deal and are trying to add players in the midst of the season. He said as much on “Mike’s On” on WFAN on Monday afternoon.

“It makes no sense,” said Francesa. “From the Jets standpoint, it makes sense. They weren’t signing the guy, they got two draft picks … he’s going to be a free agent, why are you giving up two picks to get him? And you still got to pay him! What are you renting him for the second half on a team that’s 2-6?”

At 2-6, the Giants weren’t exactly expected to be buyers at the trade deadline. The playoffs are a longshot for Pat Shurmur’s team, and the Giants already have a couple talented young players in place at key positions. ​Still, general manager Dave Gettleman pounced at the opportunity to acquire Williams.

The deal may make more sense for the Jets, who may be beginning to embrace another year of tanking following their 1-6 start to the campaign. Williams will be a free agent after this season, so the Giants will have to re-sign him to get more than just a half-season of work for the two picks they gave up.

May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsNoah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports

Francesa couldn't find any possible reason why Gettleman would make the deal, and pointed to the move as further evidence of a Giants franchise that sometimes seems to be moving in different directions at the same time.

“It just shows you, again, one step one way, another step another way. One day they’re trading players, the next day they’re trading for players at 2-6 and giving up draft picks! For a guy who you’ve got to pay to keep! … What are you doing, making a playoff run here? You can get him for free when the season is over!”

“It’s typical Gettleman. Explain to me what he is doing here … you gave up your third-round pick for this guy, why? To finish what, 4-12 or 5-11?”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa’s reaction to the Leonard Williams trade.