Giants acquire linebacker Alec Ogletree from Rams in exchange for draft picks

Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree is headed to the Giants via trade reports said

K.C. declined and Ogletree ended up getting shipped to the New York Giants for two draft picks. He compiled 507 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Wednesday's acquisition of Alec Ogletree confirms what has been suspected since the Giants put general manager Dave Gettleman in charge and first-year coach coach Pat Shurmur hired defensive coordinator James Bettcher to run a 3-4 defense.

Ogletree was drafted as the 30 overall pick of the first round in the 2013 draft.

The Giants have not valued linebackers highly in the past, but a new regime is in charge. Team captain Jonathan Casillas was a starting linebacker who was injured during the latter half of last season and entering free agency. Los Angeles finished last season fifth-worst in the National Football League at stopping the run, allowing 122.3 yards rushing per game and frequently struggling with stops between the tackles, where Ogletree needed to shine.

The Giants had two fourth-round picks in the upcoming draft, including a compensatory selection. That room is likely to be used in part to sign AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald to a lucrative long-term extension. Ogletree will have cap hits of $10 million for the next three years and $9 million in 2021, the last year of his deal. Besides dealing away Ogletree and Quinn, they were also involved in a third trade that brought Marcus Peters to Los Angeles.

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