Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants have been a hot topic over the last few days. It all stemmed from a quote from Giants’ co-owner, John Mara when asked if they were looking to trade Odell.
Mara said: “I can’t answer that one way or the other. We’re certainly not shopping him. Again, when you’re coming off a season when you’re 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn’t say that anyone is untouchable.”
Odell Beckham Jr. has brought some drama the moment “the catch” happened. After that, Odell’s life was never the same, and with that, he brought plenty of drama to the Giants’ organization. But, this offseason has been a whole other level of drama, mostly off the field. So, it is understandable that there have been rumors of possible trade talks.
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The bottom line is, Odell Beckham Jr. is the best player on his team and one of the best players in the NFL. That is not a player that you trade, and GM Dave Gettleman seems to feel the same way.
Dave Gettleman said — twice — when asked about possibly trading Odell Beckham Jr: “You don’t quit on talent.” That seems pretty fairly clear…..#NYG
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) March 27, 2018
Let’s not forget what Odell Beckham did for Eli Manning’s career. 2013 was arguably Eli’s worst season of his career when he threw for 3818 yards with 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. It began to look more and more like the end for Eli Manning, but then the Giants drafted Odell in 2014.
In 2014 and 2015, Eli Manning threw for over 4000 yards, 30 and 35 touchdowns, with only 14 interceptions each year. 2016 saw a slight decrease in yards and touchdowns, but he still threw for over 4000 yards.
Then came the disaster of the 2017 season, Odell got hurt in the preseason and was never himself on the field, and then came his season-ending injury in week 5 against the LA Chargers. Eli’s job once again was in question, he was even benched for the first time in his career.
It is clear that Odell Beckham Jr. is the best player the New York Giants have. Even if they “are listening” to trade offers, it would be crazy if they were to actually accept one of these offers. The best move is for the Giants to sign OBJ to a long-term deal, even if that continues to take time to come to an agreement.
Additionally, trading away Beckham Jr. would be public relations suicide, as a majority of the fan-base would be up in arms and would likely cause more drama than OBJ himself brings to the team. In a recent video, Gettleman expressed his concern over the media, as neither OBJ or his agent contacted the team to inform them of a holdout.
Neither Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, or A.J. Green have won a Super Bowl, and OBJ is four years younger than most of them. He has plenty of time to earn himself a ring.