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New York Giants acquire LB Alec Ogletree via trade


The Giants have acquired LB Alec Ogletree in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants announced today they have acquired linebacker Alec Ogletree from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a pair of choices in the 2018 NFL draft.

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The draft selections are the Giants' compensatory choice in the fourth round (No. 135 overall) and their sixth-round pick (No. 176). The trade leaves the Giants with five selections in the 2018 draft – one in each of the first five rounds. They do not have a seventh-round choice as the result of a trade with Pittsburgh last year for cornerback Ross Cockrell.

The Giants will also receive the Rams' 2019 seventh-round selection in the trade.

"We're very excited to have made the trade for Alec," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He gives us our defensive quarterback. He was a two-time captain with the Rams, voted on by his teammates. He's a leader, and that's very important to us. Just as important, he's a quality three-down MIKE linebacker. We're just thrilled to have him."

Asked about surrendering the two draft choices, Gettleman said, "When you get a player of this quality, you can do it. Alec is 26. He's young, he's under contract for the next four years. We really thought he was a great guy to add."

Linebacker was considered a position of need for the Giants. Devon Kennard, who played in 15 games last season and 52 in four years, and veteran Jonathan Casillas are free agents. Promising second-year pro B.J. Goodson played just seven games last season because of shin and ankle injuries.

Ogletree, 6-2 and 235 pounds, played his first five seasons for the Rams, who selected him out of the University of Georgia in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has started all 67 regular-season games in which he's played - 31 at middle linebacker and 36 outside. He also started Los Angeles' 2017 NFC Wild Card Game at middle linebacker.

Ogletree, 26, led the Rams in tackles in four of his five seasons, missing only 2015 when an ankle injury limited him to four games. He had 155 tackles as a rookie, 169 the following season, 171 in 2016, and 95 last year. His career totals include 645 tackles (475 solo), 5.5 sacks, six interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns), 43 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

In 2017, Ogletree started 15 regular-season games and the Rams' postseason game at middle linebacker. He was one of several starters who did not play in the regular-season finale after the Rams had clinched the NFC West title.

Ogletree had 63 solo stops, 2.0 sacks, one interception (that he returned 41 yards for a touchdown at Arizona on Dec. 3), 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He had five solo tackles in Los Angeles' loss to Atlanta in the wild card game.

Ogletree started every Rams game in each of his first two seasons. As a rookie in 2013, he had 124 solo tackles, 1.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles. On Oct. 13 at Houston, he intercepted a T.J. Yates pass and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown. That tied the NFL record for longest interception return by a linebacker, and the longest return by a rookie linebacker in league history. He also had 11 tackles in the game.

The following season, Ogletree had 110 unassisted tackles and two interceptions.

In 2015, Ogletree was characteristically active with 55 tackles (46 solo) and 2.0 sacks while starting the first four games at strongside linebacker. But he suffered a fractured fibula after making 11 tackles at Arizona on Oct. 4. Three weeks later, Ogletree was placed on injured reserve/designated to return, but missed the remainder of the season.

Ogletree was at full strength the following season, when he started every game at middle linebacker, was voted a team captain, and posted a career-high 171 tackles (132 solo) and two interceptions.

In three seasons at Georgia, Ogletree played in 30 games with 22 starts – 17 at weak inside linebacker and five at strong safety – and recorded 197 tackles (129 solo) with 6.0 sacks and one interception.

Photos of new Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree, who previously played for the Rams.

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