Odell Beckham Jr. on Trade Rumors: 'This Is Where I'm At'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2018

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) warms up before playing against the Washington Redskins in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Odell Beckham Jr. responded to trade rumors Sunday, telling reporters he believes he's staying put in New York ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

"It was tossed around in the offseason, and I'm still here. I don't think I'm going anywhere. This is where I'm at. All I want to do is be the very best that I can be when I'm on the field. It's really hard to think about [trade rumors]. It is what it is."

As Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Sunday, Giants sources told him the team had been receiving calls regarding Beckham, though they were "pumping the brakes" on any trade discussions for the time being.

That makes it unlikely the Giants will trade Beckham, though it isn't impossible.

The Giants have limped to a 1-7 record and have been one of the worst teams in football. They've already traded defensive players Eli Apple and Damon Harrison, meaning the fire sale is likely in full effect. Beckham has presented his own headaches in the past and carries a major cap hit.

On the other hand, he's one of the NFL's most talented players. For a New York team that doesn't have many guys of that variety—Saquon Barkley is the most obvious name, while players like Landon Collins and Evan Engram perhaps fall near that category as well—trading Beckham would have its obvious downsides.

As for where Beckham stands, he's simply frustrated with how the season has gone:

"It's definitely not where I wanted to be; it's definitely not where I envisioned this team being. It's definitely not why I worked the hardest I could've worked all offseason, to come back and give my very best. I just don't feel like on Sundays I get to do that.

"If there's any frustration, that's where the frustration comes from. All I want to do is come here and do whatever I can to help the team win. I know I got more in me."

It seems unlikely the Giants would deal Beckham, but that hasn't stopped teams from checking in.

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