Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors: Giants' 'Objective' Is New Contract, Not a Trade

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2018

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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While there has been some speculation the New York Giants could trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., that doesn't seem to be the team's goal.

On Monday, Bob Glauber and Tom Rock of Newsday reported it is "the Giants' objective to negotiate with and sign Beckham to a contract."

"I'd be very surprised [if New York trades Beckham]," a source told Glauber and Rock.

Beckham will hold out and "not set foot on a field without a new contract extension," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The wideout's rookie deal expires after the 2018 season.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported Monday the team is "open to fielding offers for OBJ."

This comes after co-owner John Mara indicated the organization would be willing to let him go.

"I mean we're certainly not shopping him," Mara said Sunday at the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, per Rock"But when you’re coming off a season where you're 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn't say anyone's untouchable."

Some could look at his antics on the field and the recent video of Beckham as a reason to make a move. The Giants are seemingly far from contention, and Beckham is set to become a free agent. Per Spotrac, he is due $8.5 million in 2018 as part of his fifth-year option after he made just over $10 million in his first four years combined.

Trading him could land some quality assets and help kick-start a rebuild.

On the other hand, Beckham is clearly an impact player and worth building around if the two sides can come to an agreement. Although injuries limited him to just four games last season, he still has three Pro Bowl appearances in four years, totaling at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

The Giants would be smart to try to sign him to a long-term deal before exploring potential trades.


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