One day after they traded for former Bengals offensive lineman Billy Price, the Giants have acquired interior lineman Ben Bredeson via a trade with the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants will receive a 2022 fifth-round pick and a 2023 seventh-round pick after sending the Ravens a fourth-round pick.
The move comes after New York released several offensive linemen on Tuesday that included center Jonotthan Harrison, guard Kenny Wiggins, tackle Jackson Barton and center Brett Heggie. Each team must have their roster trimmed from 80 to 53 players before the 4 p.m. deadline.
The 143rd overall pick in the 2020 draft, the 23-year-old Bredeson appeared in 10 games during his rookie season in Baltimore. An injury forced Bredeson to go on injured reserve in January. In Baltimore, Bredeson was competing for a backup spot on the line along with Patrick Mekari, Trystan Colon and Adrian Ealy. The Ravens recently traded fellow lineman Greg Mancz (as well as a seventh-round pick) to the Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
Before coming to Baltimore, Bredeson enjoyed a stellar career for the University of Michigan. During his four seasons in Ann Arbor, Bredeson made 46 starts in 50 games. A four-time letter winner, Bredeson was an All-American in 2019 and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. In 2019, he was tabbed as the best pass-blocking guard in the country according to Pro Football Focus College.
The Giants are surely hoping that Bredeson and Price can provide quality depth for an offensive line that allowed four sacks (including two of starting quarterback Daniel Jones) in their preseason finale. The Giants offensive line was ranked 31st in the NFL by Pro Football Focus at the end of the 2020 season.