Why is Eli Apple still with the Giants?
Before the end of 2017, the New York Giants went through a drastic change when David Gettleman was announced as General Manager for Big Blue. Following a 3-13 season, there was an anticipation for a house cleaning to occur where Gettleman would purge the roster. Some changes were expected as with offensive lineman Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg signing with other NFL franchises. One surprising move was the G-Men trading defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As shocking as the JPP trade was another surprise was Eli Apple is still on the roster.
Apple’s 2017 mirrored the dysfunction in the Giants organization. Apple was criticized for potentially leaking out how head coach Ben McAdoo was losing the team. Landon Collins, who has risen through the ranks to become a Giants team leader, implied that Apple was a cancer. Also in the finale of the 2017 Apple was suspended for apparently refusing to practice with the scout team. Yet, as of this publishing, Apple is still part of the Giants organization.
Apple is still under his Rookie contract
Eli Apple was a first-round pick for Big Blue in 2016 and since Apple was a first-round pick the Giants control Apple up to five years. While Apple had his digression in 2017 the reason why is the G-Men would have a cap hit of over 8 million dollars the next two seasons if Apple is cut. Gettleman felt that if Big Blue would be paying for Apple might as well have Apple playing for the G-Men.
There is a need for a cornerback on the Giants
The Giants released Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as he was in the last year of his contract. While there was salary cap saving there is now a need for the Giants to have a cornerback. With Big Blue not selecting a cornerback in the draft, it appears that barring injury Eli Apple will be starting cornerback in 2018. Now, who thought that would happen?