The New York Giants are "officially open to fielding offers" for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, and are seeking at least a first-round pick in any deal.
According to Leonard, "The price in a prospective Beckham trade is starting at a first-round pick plus. The 'plus' is the negotiable part, but the meaning is that it likely won't require two first-round picks to get it done."
The Giants' reported willingness to deal Beckham follows a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com on Monday that Beckham could hold out until he gets a contract extension:
As Leonard noted: "While trading Beckham isn't [owner John] Mara's or the Giants' preferred course of action given Beckham's talent level, there absolutely is a significant possibility that Beckham could be on another NFL team this coming season because of the dynamics at play."
Beckham's tenure in New York has been full of highs and lows. The highs have been on the field, where he posted three straight seasons with at least 90 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns before a fractured ankle cut his 2017 campaign short. His elite production would make him a player of interest to every team in the league.
The lows have included the distractions, or perceived distractions, caused by his emotional outbursts or antics on the sidelines. Beckham has suggested that he's held to a double standard and that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, for instance, isn't accused of being a distraction when he yells at teammates and coaches on the sidelines.
The counter-argument has been that Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP and has earned the cachet on his team to act in such a manner.
Regardless, it would be a shocker if the Giants dealt their 25-year-old superstar. But if they feel Beckham would sit out for an entire year if he didn't get an extension—or if they've grown weary of the drama that accompanies his incredible talent—the Giants could cut bait and move on.
Per Leonard, NFL general managers "will intensify their feeling-out of the Giants on a price, which could very well come at a discount, just as the Jason Pierre-Paul trade with Tampa did with a player New York wanted off its roster."
The Giants, in turn, will likely demand a king's ransom. If nothing else, the offers they receive in return will help them gauge whether there's more value to be had in moving Beckham or in coming to terms with him on a long-term extension.