The NFL offseason is already showing signs of absolute chaos as rumors are swirling about the status of Odell Beckham Jr. Regardless of his long-term deal with the New York Giants, it's possible he can be on the move in the future.
Beckham is undoubtedly an elite wide receiver, but the Giants understand that they're going to enter a long rebuilding process. With Saquon Barkley becoming the face of the franchise, perhaps a blockbuster deal comes into fruition.
In 12 games this past season, the Pro Bowl wideout finished with 1,052 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
NFL insider Jay Glazer sparked the conversation by talking about the idea of Beckham being shipped out of New York in the coming months.
Fans were buzzing on Twitter after Beckham posted a cryptic message about all the reports surrounding his name.
Well, Albert Breer added context to this potential trade and why it could actually happen. With the overall market lacking options at wideout, teams could be aggressive and offer enticing packages to the Giants for their superstar.
From Sports Illustrated:
A Beckham trade is not impossible here. My belief is the Giants came to grips with the fact that they’re in rebuild—not a retool—last year. It’ll take patience. That makes it fair to ask if Beckham is worth more to them as an asset than he is as a player right now. And as an asset he’s a true No. 1, signed for the next five years at $77 million (a reasonable $15.4 million per) with $19.5 million left guaranteed.
I doubt the Giants actively shop him now, but there’s a larger piece to this—this isn’t a great receiver draft, and the free-agent class (Golden Tate, Adam Humphries, Cole Beasley, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb, etc.) isn’t off the charts, either. So my expectation is aggressive teams that need big-time receivers are going to get creative.
Although the front office has made it known they'd like to retain Beckham for the duration of his contract, New York would most likely receive an early first-round selection in any deal involving him.