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Giants trade for Bills defensive end Boogie Basham as cuts continue

Giants cutdown day was headlined by another trade for a defensive player.

GM Joe Schoen acquired Bills defensive end Boogie Basham from his friend, Buffalo GM Brandon Beane, in a swap of late-round 2025 picks. This piggybacks on last week’s trade for Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons for a seventh-round pick.

These are sometimes trades that teams make when they foresee a player being released and don’t want to risk losing him to someone else on waivers.

Schoen was Beane’s assistant GM when the Bills drafted Basham in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest. Basham, 25, adds depth to a defensive front that has been the primary focus of the Giants’ offseason.

He had two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery in 15 games and zero starts last season while playing 39% of the Bills’ defensive snaps.

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Acquiring players, of course, steals a roster spot from someone already on the team. So the signing of Brian Daboll favorite Cole Beasley in July, and the trades for Basham and Simmons, inevitably corresponded to cuts.

Slot receiver Jamison Crowder and edge rushers Oshane Ximines and Tomon Fox were all released on Tuesday, for example. So was running back Jashaun Corbin, despite outperforming all the Giants’ backs in camp, in a head-shaking decision.

Wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson’s activation off the physically unable to perform list didn’t help Corbin, since both Robinson and wideout Parris Campbell will be used as running backs at times in Daboll’s offense.

Still, if players make teams based on merit and performance, Corbin deserved to make the initial 53. The Giants are interested in bringing him back to the practice squad, but it’s possible he’ll be claimed. Former Giants running backs coach DeAndre Smith is with the Indianapolis Colts now, for example, and they face uncertainty at the position due to questions about Jonathan Taylor.

The Giants also cut OL Tyre Phillips, edge Habbakuk Baldonado, QB Tommy DeVito and had more on the way as they prepared for practice on Tuesday afternoon prior to the 4 p.m. deadline.

The team also placed TE Chris Myarick (hand) on injured reserve and waived/injured G Jack Anderson, G Wyatt Davis and CB Zyon Gilbert.

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