One of Dave Gettleman’s biggest critics did not hold back in chastising the Giants general manager for not yet acquiring a game-changing wide receiver in free agency.
“They don’t want an alpha,” former Panthers and Ravens receiver Steve Smith said Tuesday on NFL Network, according to a transcription from NJ Advance Media. “That general manager knows exactly what he wants. He wants to be able to sit in front of everybody and say, ‘Look what I did.’ If he brings in an alpha, the alpha gets all the attention and not him.”
Although Smith has had it out for Gettleman since the long-time executive released him while the two were with Carolina in 2014, the five-time Pro Bowler does have a point.
The Giants have remained curiously quiet through the first two days of free agency, despite desperately needing a skilled wide receiver to help franchise quarterback Daniel Jones.
On Monday, Gettleman signed John Ross to a one-year deal worth $1 million in guaranteed money, but the former Bengal struggled in the NFL since being picked ninth in the 2017 draft and isn’t expected to vastly improve a wideout unit that caught the 29th fewest yards last season.
“That’s what ran him out of Carolina [when Gettleman was fired in 2017], and that’s what has them very pedestrian in New York,” Smith said. “But what are they gonna do? They’re gonna get a guy who wasn’t very good, who had 12 or 13 healthy scratches, and they gonna make him something now? Not gonna happen bro! I’m telling you.”
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