Speculation often spurs narrative, and that infected the New York Giants once again on Wednesday when Jay Glazer told The Athletic that he predicts Odell Beckham Jr. will be traded this offseason.
Trade winds have swirled around Beckham for years before reaching critical mass last offseason when phone calls were actually being fielded and prices were being exchanged.
The Giants, of course, placed such a remarkably high price tag on Beckham that no trade was even remotely close to happening, but people have hung onto that. And after Glazer’s prediction on Wednesday, Giants Nation was thrust into a tizzy.
While the speculation will undoubtedly continue, we decided to look at a few reasons why the Giants won’t (and really can’t) trade Beckham.
This is about as simple as it gets — Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, fresh off giving Beckham a five-year, $90 million extension with over $60 million guaranteed, said OBJ will not be traded.
“We didn’t sign him to trade him, if that’s what you’re asking,” Gettleman said in January before quipping once again at the repeated questioning. “You heard what I said.”
Now, we know those in the NFL world often tell fibs publicly and go about business differently behind the scenes, but Gettleman is the straightest shooter in football.
A year ago at this time, fans, analysts and experts alike were 100 percent certain the Giants were going to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft. Gettleman cautioned against that line of thinking and everyone assumed he was blowing smoke. He wasn’t.
After months of talking up running back Saquon Barkley, Gettleman ran to the podium to take him at No. 2 overall just like he said he was going to.
If Gettleman says Beckham is off limits, then he’s off limits. Period.