The Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumor frenzy has now officially entered Year 2 without a single momentary break, and despite nothing of substance developing, reports continue to fly with remarkable frequency.
Such was the case on Tuesday — Day 2 of the NFL’s “legal tampering” period — as Beckham allegedly supplied the New York Giants with a “short list” of teams in which he’d approve a trade to.
If true, that in and of itself is a strange power play considering Beckham does not have a no trade clause and thus no power to control any potential destination. He could, of course, simply threaten to not play, but then he’d be in a position to lose the money he pushed so very hard for leading up to last year’s long-term extension.
Compounding those rumors are Tuesday reports from both ESPN’s Josina Anderson and FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd, who continue to pound the drum on their own respective stories.
Anderson reports that an AFC North team — likely the Cleveland Browns, who had already be rebuffed in comedic fashion — continue to call the Giants and that discussions are ongoing.
In translation, that likely means the AFC North team continues to throw things at the wall hoping something sticks to no real end.
Meanwhile, Cowherd reports that the San Francisco 49ers also continue to ring in the Giants’ ear as they attempt to pry Beckham away for mere peanuts. He adds that Beckham prefers the 49ers or Los Angeles Rams.
If the 49ers want Beckham “badly” they wouldn’t be so adverse to tossing in the No. 2 overall pick, which has been widely reported as a potential starting point — not ending point — in Beckham trade discussions.
At the end of the day, someone is simply leaking out routine offseason discussions among general managers to essentially stir the pot. The Giants have not moved off the stance that Beckham is not being actively shopped and that a historic King’s ransom is going to be the only way to land him.