It doesn’t matter that New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman recently told the media that the team has no plans of moving Odell Beckham Jr. The wide receiver’s name continues to be at the center of trade rumors as the 2019 NFL offseason heats up.
The Cleveland Browns supposedly tried to acquire Beckham last week. The San Francisco 49ers reportedly have interest in landing the three-time Pro Bowler. Plenty of people around the league seem to think it’s possible that the Giants would be willing to part with the superstar.
SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano has reported that New York would have to be blown away with an offer to trade Beckham. FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd said Tuesday that he’s been told Gettleman would like to move Beckham, but the Giants have to get something big in return to part with such a popular player.
"There's two teams that Odell Beckham Jr. would prefer to play with: Rams and 49ers… Jimmy Garoppolo with Odell Beckham would be one of most fascinating combos in the NFL." — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/Kitm1UmuWv
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 12, 2019
Via @JosinaAnderson on NFL LIVE: there is an AFC North team that as recently as today continues to inquire on Odell Beckham, Jr.'s availability and discussions have remained ongoing.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 12, 2019
Rumors of Cleveland pursuing Beckham have not gone away. We know the Browns and Giants had some trade discussions recently, since the two teams swapped pass rusher Olivier Vernon and guard Kevin Zeitler.
San Francisco is probably more equipped to land Beckham. They’ve got the No.2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. That selection could be part of an offer that might intrigue New York. Getting that pick would ensure the Giants can draft either Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, who are far and away the top-two quarterbacks in this year’s class.
The Browns have the No.17 overall pick. The Giants have the No.6 overall selection.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were only able to get a third-round and fifth-round pick in exchange for Antonio Brown. Beckham is younger than Brown and hasn’t demanded a trade, though that deal could be a sign that New York would have a hard time trading their star receiver for equal value.
Beckham signed a five-year, $90 million contract before the start of last season. Beckham would represent $16 million in dead money on New York’s salary cap for the 2019 season if they were to trade him.