The New York Giants made a blockbuster trade on Saturday, acquiring safety Isaiah Simmons from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2024 first-round pick and a 2025 third-round pick. The Giants also received a 2025 fifth-round pick from the Cardinals as part of the deal.
Simmons, who was drafted by the Cardinals with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is a versatile defender who can play multiple positions, including linebacker, safety, cornerback, and edge rusher. He has a rare combination of size, speed, athleticism, and instincts that make him a matchup nightmare for offenses.
Simmons had a solid rookie season with the Cardinals, recording 54 tackles, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and two passes defensed in 16 games (eight starts). He also had a game-winning interception in overtime against the Seahawks in Week 7.
However, Simmons was reportedly unhappy with his role in Arizona, as he felt he was not being utilized to his full potential. He also clashed with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph over his scheme and assignments. Simmons requested a trade earlier this week and the Cardinals obliged him by sending him to the Giants.
The Giants were looking for an upgrade at safety after losing Xavier McKinney to a season-ending foot injury in training camp. They also wanted to add more playmakers to their defense, which ranked 12th in yards allowed and ninth in points allowed last season.
Simmons will join a talented defense that features defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence, linebackers Blake Martinez and Lorenzo Carter, cornerbacks James Bradberry and Adoree' Jackson, and safety Jabrill Peppers. Simmons will likely play a hybrid role that allows him to move around the field and create havoc for opposing quarterbacks.
The Giants are hoping that Simmons will help them improve their record from last season, when they finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs by one game. They will open their regular season on Sept. 12 against the Broncos at MetLife Stadium.