It’s been a month since the high-profile trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland Browns took place, and we’r still learning about the factors that led up to it. But if you thought that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a part of those discussions, think again.
In a recent interview for the team’s website, Manning revealed that he found out about the Odell Beckham trade the same way most of us heard about it: From television. He explained that he first heard the news via the tracker at the bottom of his TV screen.
After hearing about it on television, Manning said he started to receive texts from others who confirmed the news. He stated that his immediate reaction was to reach out to Beckham.
Manning added that the two have spoken since the trade.
As for who he expects will fill the massive void filled by Beckham, Manning explained that he expects his receivers to “step up.”
“Guys have to step up,” Manning said. “We have good players on this team. Talented receivers and running backs. We played the last four, five games of the season without [Beckham]. We were able to score points and move the ball. He is a tremendous player and was a tremendous player for us. There are certain things that he can do that not everyone can do, but we still have guys that can play and help us be a tremendous offense and score a lot of points.”
The two most likely candidates to fill the void are Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, both of whom received massive contracts from the team this offseason.
As for the trade itself, the Giants received a first- and third-round pick, as well as defender Jabrill Peppers in exchange for Beckham.