Dave Gettleman bucked his own history in April's draft, executing multiple draft-day trades to navigate the evolving landscape and attempt to upgrade his team. He's now just one contract from having his entire class signed.
Gettleman's Giants signed third-round cornerback Aaron Robinson on Thursday, leaving just one draft pick to be signed. New York traded up five spots in the third round to select Robinson, who shines in his ability to play physically and was touted by Gettleman as a versatile, sound tackler capable of playing inside or outside.
Robinson played three seasons at UCF after transferring from Alabama, spending time at both outside corner and in the slot. He joins a secondary that is suddenly deep, if not crowded, following the additions of Adoree' Jackson, Robinson and sixth-round pick Rodarius Williams to a group that was significantly improved in 2020.
Elsewhere around the NFL on Thursday:
- Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan signed his restricted free agent tender, per the league transaction wire on Thursday. Tonyan is coming off a stellar year in which hauled in 11 touchdowns for Green Bay. The Packers also announced they promoted Chad Brinker to personnel/football administrative executive and Patrick Moore to assistant director of college scouting.
- Cleveland Browns wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge signed his restricted free agent tender, per the league transaction wire on Thursday.
- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on quarterback Patrick Mahomes as he continues to work his way back from a toe injury. "He's been doing everything. He's been full-go," Reid said, per the official transcript. "He's still working with [head athletic trainer] Rick [Burkholder] with the toe and that. We realize this is more of a passing camp -- we don't run the ball much in this thing -- so it's good that way and his toe has really done well."
- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters "the door is still open" in regards to the possibility of still-unsigned linebacker K.J. Wright returning to the team sometime down the road. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who is still recovering from a knee injury, said he has been continuing his rehab but isn't planning to participate in any on-field work.
- The Arizona Cardinals released former Titans quarterback Cole McDonald. Arizona now has three quarterbacks on its roster: Kyler Murray, Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler.
- The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Cowboys safety Kavon Frazier. The special teams ace spent last year with the Dolphins.
- The New England Patriots signed tight end Troy Fumagalli and released linebacker LaRoy Reynolds and fullback Danny Vitale. Fumagalli, a fifth-round pick in 2018, caught 14 passes for 118 yards over the past two seasons with the Broncos, where he was mostly a reserve.
- Free-agent offensive tackle Jared Veldheer has been suspended six games to start the 2021 season and announced he has retired, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.