It’s March 28, 2018, and the Odell Beckham Jr. roller coaster has not even left the station. If this past week was any indication of what’s to come, we are in for a circus these upcoming months.
Let me start off by saying this. I am a Giants fan so this viewpoint is coming from a RATIONAL fan of Big Blue. It seems that whenever OBJ gets brought up in the media, NY fans decide that since they can pick up a phone and dial a number, that qualifies them to become the next manager of the Giants. Bold strategy. Let’s see if it works.
Going into the 2017 offseason, the writing was on the wall. The contract extension of Odell Beckham was looming. If he put up another landmark year in 2017, there was no doubt in my mind that the Giants would have offered him an extension this offseason, which probably would’ve made Beckham the highest paid WR in the league. In fact, Beckham announced that he wanted to be the highest player in the league in a video with Uninterrupted last Summer.
However, Beckham was injured in the preseason, missed most of the regular season, and sat on the sidelines as the Giants had one of their worst years in franchise history. Despite being injured, Beckham clearly gained leverage because of the putrid offense on the field. Beckham is under contract on the fifth-year option of his deal that is set to pay him $8.46 million. Is it time to pay the man?
If I had to pinpoint when the OBJ offseason saga began, I’d start with Beckham’s tweet about how many preseason snaps he will play in 2018.
100% agree. Beckham should not play any preseason snaps. However, announcing that to the public is not a good idea. This tweet could only hurt him more than it could help him.
Fast forward to the NFL Owners Meetings. If that tweet was the initial spark, these meetings were gasoline on the fire. John Mara, who barely speaks to the media, decided to answer questions about if Odell would be on the team this year.
ESPN – Asked if it was possible that Beckham could be on another team’s roster when the season begins, Mara said: “I can’t answer that one way or the other. 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.”
WHY? You know that answer would cause controversy. All you needed to say was “Odell will be on our team when the season begins.” Case closed. I don’t even care if it’s a lie. Just say basic and simple answers so the media cannot spin your words or run future reports about a trade.
The holdout that the Giants dreaded is coming to fruition. It gets worse.
Pat and Dave, WHY? Just say we want Beckham on our team. Say that we are committed to working with Odell this offseason and that we would love to have him back. Say that we want Odell to be a “Giant for life.” Once again, just lie! Don’t give the media nuggets to pick apart. Odell is on the team right now? Right now? So he won’t be on the team in a few months? Awful answers.
Do I think the Giants want to trade Odell Beckham Jr.? No. Do I believe they will listen to offers? Unfortunately, yes. There’s no other reason why Gettleman, Shurmur, and Mara would phrase their answers if they did not want to leave the door open for a trade. As Field Yates said, the Giants sound like a team open for business.
Should the Giants trade Odell?
Should the Giants trade Odell?
Odell is not exempt from criticism. His antics both on and off the field have been controversial. Peeing like a dog in Philly, the battle with Josh Norman, the kicking net, and the boat party are not the best look for a superstar who is trying to get paid. Plus, the recent picture of Odell with a model in bed with what appears to be weed and cocaine strengthens the “distraction” argument.
It’s clear that John Mara and Odell don’t see eye to eye. The Giants are highly regarded as one of the most respected organizations in the league so Odell’s antics go against the values of Mara Family. It’s clear that John Mara and Odell don’t see eye to eye. Can they works thing out? I’m not sure.
The immaturity issues and outbursts on the field are valid. However, these issues are not giant red flags that scream “trade.” I would counter that Odell has never failed a drug test nor has he never been accused of domestic violence. What some might view as outbursts, I view as an extremely passionate guy who lets his emotions get the best of him. Odell plays very hard and it shows on the field. Plus, Odell is constantly dissected by the media for every decision he makes and sometimes, it’s very unfair. Le’Veon Bell discusses holding out the past few years and the city of Pittsburgh rallies behind him. Odell talks about being the highest paid player in the league and fans turn on him, calling him selfish and a bum. These fans that call Odell a bum are the same fans that buy his jersey and high-five their friends after he scores his 3rd touchdown of the game.
Speaking of touchdowns, I will not sit here any longer and let people say that the Giants are a better team without Odell Beckham on the field. What planet are these people on? I can tell you one thing, it’s not Earth. The numbers don’t lie.
“The Giants won Super Bowls before without a true top receiver.”
I do not think the Giants should trade Odell Beckham. However, if they received a king’s ransom like Carl Banks tweeted out, the Giants would have to listen to it, no doubt about it. 5 draft picks for one player? I want Odell to stay, but that is a trade worth discussing.
With all that being said, Odell Beckham Jr. is a once in a generation talent. Besides Antonio Brown and possibly Julio Jones (depending on your preference), there is no receiver more talented and game changing than Odell. Thinking about all of the drama in the coming months makes me sick.
The time for dancing around questions is over. Pay the man or trade the man. No more half measures.