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John Mara Says Odell Beckham Jr. Is Not on Trading Block Amid Rumors

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2018

File-This Oct. 8, 2017, file photo shows New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham warming up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in East Rutherford, N.J.  New York Giants owner John Mara says the team does not have Odell Beckham Jr., on the trading block, then stopped short Sunday of saying the controversial star receiver is an untouchable. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
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The New York Giants are not actively trying to trade wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., co-owner John Mara said Tuesday. 

"He's not on the block," Mara said, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "Is that going to stop clubs from possibly calling us? No. But he's not on the block. We're not shopping him around."

According to Vacchiano, Mara added he wants Beckham "to be a Giant" but acknowledged he "can't sit here and tell you that it is 100 percent guaranteed that that's going to happen."

Mara's comments Tuesday somewhat mirror what he said Sunday at the NFL owners meeting, but he had at least left the door open for the team to deal the three-time Pro Bowler.

"I can't answer that one way or the other," Mara said when asked if Beckham would be with the Giants when the 2018 season kicks off, per ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert. "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."

The New York Daily News' Pat Leonard reported Monday the Los Angeles Rams reached out to the Giants about a potential trade for Beckham. According to Leonard, the Giants want a first-round pick plus additional assets in return if they were ever to move Beckham.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reported Beckham has already talked to two Rams players about going to Los Angeles and signaled he'd be open to the trade.

Whether the Giants trade Beckham or not, his contract remains a pressing concern. He's set to make almost $8.5 million in 2018 after New York picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie deal.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Beckham "will not set foot on a field" before agreeing to an extension.

Beckham is due for a big pay raise in his next contract, and he told UNINTERRUPTED in July 2017 he's aiming to be the highest-paid player in the NFL. At the very least, Beckham could command a record-setting deal at his position, eclipsing the five-year, $82.5 million extension Mike Evans got from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If the Giants aren't willing to meet Beckham's contract demands, trading him now may be in the team's best interest.

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