Giants GM Dave Gettleman shuts down Josh Rosen trade talk

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The Giants have been one team closely linked to the Josh Rosen trade rumors, however, New York general manager Dave Gettleman wasn’t willing to divulge any new information about the possibility of trading for the Cardinals quarterback.

When asked Thursday during his pre-draft press conference about whether the Giants have had conversations with the Cardinals, Gettleman simply said: “Not going there.”

Rosen’s future with the Cardinals has come under question in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. Many believe the Cardinals will select former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, then trade Rosen out of Arizona.

As for the Giants’ draft plan — Gettleman admitted there are some “pretty good” quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, but insisted the Giants aren’t in any rush to draft a quarterback. Instead, Gettleman expressed confidence in Eli Manning going forward.

“If you put a lot of pressure on it, you’re going to make a mistake,” Gettleman said, per “If you’re asking me how ‘urgent’ I feel to (draft a quarterback), I’m not going to put a level on that. I’m not. You let the draft come to you.

Gettleman explained there’s a non-negotiable factor that they look for in any quarterback they bring into the franchise.

“Being the quarterback of a team in this kind of market is a load. It’s a mental load,” Gettleman said. “You have to really vet up the background of these guys.”

Gettleman believes Manning still has a lot left in the tank as he enters his 16th season in the NFL at age 38. Last season, Manning completed 66% of his passes and added 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. The Giants finished the regular season with a 5-11 record, but Gettleman was pleased New York showed improvement from its 3-13 campaign in 2017.

“We went into last season believing Eli had a lot left,” Gettleman said. “And he’s proven that.

“We won two more games than the team did the year before. You had all those games that we lost by a point or two. We lost eight games by a touchdown or less. The NFL is tight, tight, tight, a few more plays get you over the top and now you’re winning more.”

The 2019 NFL Draft begins with Round 1 next Thursday and runs through Saturday in Nashville.