EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today re-entered the trade market in their continuing quest to upgrade their offensive line.
On the day before every team must reach its regular-season roster limit, the Giants acquired interior lineman Billy Price, a former first-round draft choice, from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for defensive lineman B.J. Hill and a 2022 conditional seventh round draft choice. Each player is entering his fourth NFL season.
The trade is the Giants' fourth this month, seventh this year – three during the NFL Draft - and 20th since Dave Gettleman was hired as general manager in December 2017.
Price, 6-4 and 310 pounds, was selected out of Ohio State by the Bengals 21st overall in the 2018 draft. In three seasons, he played in 42 games with 19 starts (11 at center, seven at left guard and one at right guard).
Price played in all 32 games in 2019-20, starting eight games two years ago and one last season. His lone start in 2020 was on Nov. 1 vs. Tennessee, when he stepped in for injured starter Trey Hopkins.
As a rookie in 2018, Price started at center in all 10 games in which he played. He missed games 3-8 due to a foot injury suffered in Week 2 vs. Baltimore. Price helped Joe Mixon rush for AFC-best 1,168 yards and was selected to the All-Rookie team by Professional Football Writers of America.
The following year, Price made each of his eight starts at guard.
Price was at Ohio State from 2013-17, redshirting his first year and then starting all 55 games in his Buckeyes career, setting school records for both starts and consecutive starts (both previous records were 50, by current University of Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell).
After playing guard in his first three seasons, Price moved to center as a senior in 2017. In his first season at the position, he received the Rimington Trophy as the nation's most outstanding center, was a unanimous first-team All-America, was named the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and was first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) and Academic All-Big Ten Conference. Price was also a captain in 2016-17.
View photos of new Giants offensive lineman Billy Price.
Hill and quarterback Brian Lewerke were the only healthy Giants players who did not play last night in the preseason finale against New England.
"Honestly, he's a guy that there has drawn a lot of interest," Giants coach Joe Judge said. "I have a lot of respect for B.J. as a player. I think he's a starting defensive lineman in this league. He's in a unique position in the room he's in. He's in the last year of his contract and I think this is an opportunity to improve our team and also put a player that we have a lot of respect for in a position to go out there and get paid starter money. It's something that I think works out for both parties very well. We appreciate what B.J. did. I have a lot of respect for him as a person, a lot of respect for him as a player. I wish him the best going forward."
Hill, who played collegiately at North Carolina State, was originally a third-round draft choice by the Giants in 2018. In his three seasons with the team, he played in all 48 games with 17 starts. His totals included 116 tackles (62 solo) and 7.5 sacks. Last season, Hill played in all 16 games for the third consecutive season and tallied 32 tackles (15 solo) and 1.0 sack. He contributed four tackles (three solo), including a nine-yard sack of Mitchell Trubisky, at Chicago on Sept. 20.
On Aug. 16, the Giants acquired cornerback/special teamer Keion Crossen from the Houston Texans for a 2023 sixth-round selection. The following day, they acquired Josh Jackson from Green Bay for Isaac Yiadom in a swap of cornerbacks. Last Thursday, they traded kicker Ryan Santoso to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional 2022 seventh-round draft choice.
View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands heading into Week 1.