NEW YORK (WETM) – The New York Giants have acquired a former first round pick as NFL teams continue to cut their rosters down to 53 players.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Giants are trading former defensive lineman BJ Hill to the Cincinnati Bengals for center Billy Price.
Price, the 21st overall pick out of Ohio State in the 2018 NFL Draft, played 36 games for Cincinnati but started just 19. Last season he started only one game for the Bengals due to a foot injury.
Cincinnati opted to not exercise Price’s fifth-year option for 2022, making him a free agent after this season.
The addition of Price comes a year after the Giants allowed 50 sacks, tied for second-most in the league. New York did not use any of their six 2021 NFL Draft picks on an offensive lineman.
Hill, who was drafted 69th overall out of NC State the same year as Price, played 48 games for New York with 7.5 sacks and 116 total tackles. Last season Hill came off the bench in all 16 games and hasn’t started a game since week 6 of the 2019 season.
NFL teams have until 4 p.m. on Aug. 31 to trim their roster down to 53 players ahead of week one. The NFL regular season kicks off on Sept. 9 with the Dallas Cowboys at the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Giants begin their season at home against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 12 at 4:15 p.m.