EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Carlos "Boogie" Basham was eating breakfast in Highmark Stadium in Orchard, Park N.Y. yesterday when he received word the Buffalo Bills had traded him to the Giants.
"Had to make that quick transition to come out here yesterday," said Basham, an outside linebacker who is entering this third NFL season. "It's kind of like a world shock, never been through it before. But like I said, I'm always willing to change, definitely (have) to come out here and work, put the work in each and every day. That's what I'm bringing to it."
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The Giants received Basham and a 2025 seventh-round draft choice from Buffalo in exchange for a 2025 sixth-round pick. He joins a group of outside backers that includes Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari and Jihad Ward.
"We've got to get him out here and see what he can do," coach Brian Daboll said. "He ran a different system, a 4-3 system at Buffalo with his hand in the ground, defensive end. But he's 275 pounds. He's a thick body. We'll ask him to do the same stuff that all of our outside backers do."
Basham, 25, was Buffalo's second-round draft choice, No. 61 overall, in 2021. Giants general manager Joe Schoen was the Bills' assistant G.M. when they chose Basham.
In two seasons, Basham played in 23 regular-season and four postseason games. He totaled 37 tackles (20 solo), 4.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery in the regular season and 11 tackles (seven solo) and 2.0 sacks in the playoffs. Basham had 20.5 sacks in 45 games at Wake Forest.
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