The buzz around the New York Giants trading star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. just won’t die down. Again today there is talk that Big Blue is listening to — or entertaining — offers from teams for the record-setting wideout.
Giants general manager said at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago that he “didn’t sign (Beckham) to trade him,” which led some to believe just the opposite could be true since Gettleman never tips his hand and says things in public to divert and deceive so his plans are not revealed and ruined.
The Giants reportedly were asking for two first round picks in return for Beckham if they were to deal him. How much of that is true, no one is sure.
One team that has multiple first round picks, the Oakland Raiders (who have three this year), just traded for Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and inked him to a monster extension, so they are unlikely a team that is in the mix for Beckham.
Three teams that are rumored to be in the mix are the New England Patriots (who Howe covers for The Athletic), the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns.
The Patriots have plenty of picks in the early rounds of this draft: a first round pick (No. 32), two seconds (Nos. 56 and 64) and three third rounders (Nos. 73, 97 and 101).
Cleveland has coveted Beckham for some time and the overtures have been flooding social media for some time now, coming especially from Beckham’s LSU teammate, wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The Browns have the 17th overall pick in this year’s draft, a second and two thirds. Of course, they could offer future picks as could New England.
San Francisco is the most likely trading partner for the Giants here. They own the second overall selection in the upcoming draft, and the Giants would start the negotiations by requesting that pick along with one or two others. Perhaps they get the Niners’ third rounder (67th overall) and another high pick in 2020 as well.
That deal would reap three quality players in return through the draft and several more with the salary relief left behind by Beckham. No team can turn down a six-for-one deal. It’s almost a Herschel Walker-like scenario.
How likely is this to happen? Who knows? The Giant beat writers are not taking the rumors seriously, but Gettleman can be a wild card at times.
When he said, “We didn’t sign him to trade him,” Gettleman may have been sending out a clarion call for teams to “make me an offer.”
Gettleman wants to put his stamp on this team, and quickly. He can do that by cashing in one of his only pieces of value — Beckham.