Last week, the Cleveland Browns were rumored to land Beckham in a blockbuster trade. The Giants shut down any inquiries and ultimately swapped outside linebacker Olivier Vernon for guard Kevin Zietler.
On Monday, the Atlantic-Boston reported “the Giants are still involved in trade discussions” about Beckham and he is “on the market”. There was another rumor involving the San Francisco 49ers discussing a possible deal.
The Giants, for their part, haven’t definitely come out and quashed the Beckham trade talk. This is because they aren’t actively shopping him…but they will listen when a team comes calling. If a team isn’t willing to pony up a first-round pick at the bare minimum, the conversations don’t last long.
Beckham signed a five-year, $90 million contract last offseason. If he is traded, he would still count $16 million against the salary cap. The talent level at wide receiver would take a significant plummet if Beckham is dealt.
He had 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games last season. He also refused to publicly support quarterback Eli Manning. Head coach Pat Shurmur, who made it his business to forge a relationship with Beckham, found himself at odds with him. However, he never wanted Beckham to be traded.
The main reason is because the Giants believe they have the talent to make a playoff run in 2019. The plan is to make that run with Beckham on the roster. At the same time, they will listen to offers if another team calls with a proposal. Unless the Giants are offered a king’s ransom, expect to see Odell Beckham Jr. on the sidelines this fall.