Giants' Dave Gettleman Repeats That Team Didn't Sign Odell Beckham to Trade WR

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2019

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) in action against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reiterated Wednesday that the team has no plans to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

"We didn't sign Odell to trade him," he said at the NFL Scouting Combine, per Judy Battista of NFL.com. "That's all I need to say about that."

That mirrored Gettleman's remarks about Beckham in January:

Beckham, 26, signed a five-year, $90 million contract extension in August and responded with a solid but unspectacular season by his standards, catching 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. That decline in numbers wasn't due to Beckham's play—he graded out (90.0) as the NFL's fourth-best receiver, per Pro Football Focus—it's rather an indictment of Eli Manning's poor 2018 form.

But elite play and questions about his demeanor have defined Beckham's time in New York. The team fined him in October for publicly calling out Manning's performance—the latest dustup between Beckham and the team.

When asked if the Giants had a quarterback issue, Beckham told ESPN's Josina Anderson:

"I don't know. Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket. He's not—we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I'm, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody."

If Beckham has issues with the veteran QB, they could carry over into 2019, as head coach Pat Shurmur said he wants Manning back in 2019:

Gettleman offered a somewhat different take on Manning, however:

Granted, the Giants could also draft a quarterback or even acquire a player such as Nick Foles or Teddy Bridgewater and let them challenge Manning for the starting job. But regardless, it appears there's a strong chance Manning will be back in New York.

But Beckham isn't going anywhere either. The Giants may not love every part of Beckham's personality, but they aren't willing to lose his production.

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