A whirlwind of rumors suggesting a trade of New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has drawn interest from national media networks. Reports that the Giants had considered trading Beckham to the New England Patriots but backed out due to compensation and realization have surfaced.
Ultimately, trading the wideout would impact the team negatively – significantly. His influence on the team is great and losing his presence would be like losing the best player on your youth kickball team – his talent somehow makes everybody around him better, despite not seeing that influence in the win column.
Beckham’s injury concerns likely played a part in a potential deal, but moving forward the Giants are committed to keeping the talented receiver.
New York Giants promise the retention of OBJ:
General manager Dave Gettleman spoke to the media during the NFL combine, suggesting that the team was not interested in parting ways with Beckham.
#Giants GM Dave Gettleman opens his press conference with a statement: "We didnâ€™t sign Odell to trade him."
He immediately got that out of the way.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 27, 2019
After suffering a quadriceps injury that ended Beckham’s season prematurely, the team relied on star rookie Saquon Barkley to pick up the slack. The unit ended up finishing as the top scoring offense in the NFC East.
Head coach Pat Shurmur stated, “I look forward to having him (OBJ) back.”
The first thing that Gettleman said at the combine media session was a reassurance that OBJ would remain a Giant until further notice. The team is expected to have one of the most dynamic offenses in the league after an impressive bout of individual performance in 2018.
Having a healthy OBJ, an experience Barkley and a solid offensive line instill confidence in even the most cynical of fans. Success seems to be on the horizon.