Odell Beckham Jr. Trade Rumors: Giants WR Told Rams Players He Wants to Join LA

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2018

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL - Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants, center, and Lea Michele, left, present the award for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year at the 7th Annual NFL Honors at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
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If Odell Beckham is indeed heading out of New York, he reportedly wants to be a Los Angeles Ram. 

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reported a source said Beckham has told "a couple" Rams players he would like to join the team if he's traded by the Giants.

Beckham, 25, has been the subject of trade speculation due to the lack of progress between himself and the Giants on a long-term contract. The three-time Pro Bowler is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Giants are asking for two first-round picks in exchange for Beckham, though they are not actively shopping him.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told NFL Network's Kimberley Jones "you don't quit on talent" when asked about Beckham.

"Bottomline is, as Ernie [Accorsi] taught us, you don't quit on talent," Gettleman said. "He's on our team. You know? I don't know if I'm going to drop dead of a heart attack in two seconds. You know, I hope not. Although I'm worth more alive than dead now for my wife. But no, all kidding aside, he's on the team, Kim. What do you want me to tell you?"

While Beckham is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, he's had his bouts of immaturity. He has had multiple sideline outbursts and tussles on the field, though he's maintained that is a product of his competitive spirit. In December, Beckham tweeted out a video of an outburst by Tom Brady—fairly highlighting a double standard.

Beckham is also coming off an injury plagued season that saw him limited to four games. The Giants could perhaps be using that season and Beckham's shaky reputation to suppress his value in contract negotiations.

The Rams are a natural fit, because of their major city location, their need for a top receiver and their seemingly all-in approach on 2018. The team acquired Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Sam Shields, and Ndamukong Suh to bolster its defense, and adding Beckham would give them a young, promising three core pieces with quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley. 

  

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