All last offseason, there was a ton of trade speculation encompassing setting up New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Players about the league have been recruiting Beckham, who experienced a poor marriage with the Giants at the time, and for a though it appeared like he would by no means enjoy for New York yet again.
As an alternative, the Giants hung on to him, Beckham and the operator seemingly mended some fences, and he stuck about for one more 12 months in East Rutherford, N.J. According to a report from Chris Simms, having said that, the Giants arrived very close to dealing Beckham to a crew that was not stated all through last offseason’s conversations, which mostly centered on the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns. Simms states the crew that went toughest just after Beckham was actually the eventual Super Bowl champions: the New England Patriots.
“This is something that I observed out, you know, by the study course of the period. I don’t believe that everyone realizes — and I failed to recognize this — how close Odell Beckham Jr. was to getting traded last 12 months,” Simms mentioned. “I necessarily mean, it was really close … But here’s the major factor that I observed out toward the end of the 12 months, really, more than nearly anything with Odell Beckham Jr.: The Giants have been going to trade him, and I believe they have been really wanting and listening to all offers. You know what really stopped it? And I believe this is going to shock men and women.
“This is from anything I know with many sources, the factor that stopped the trade dialogue with Odell Beckham Jr. is due to the fact the crew that was most intense in pursuing him was the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots have been attempting to get Odell Beckham Jr. all last offseason. And I believe the Giants acquired chilly feet and mentioned, ‘Wait … New England wants him? Uh-oh, perhaps he is superior than we considered. Probably we should really just continue to keep him on our very own as a substitute of it getting thrown in our experience and him going to get a Super Bowl with the Pats.'”
It can make sense that the Patriots would have been one particular of the groups fascinated in Beckham, contemplating their absence of depth at wide receiver just after investing Brandin Cooks to the Rams. (They did at some point trade for Josh Gordon to aid shore items up but Gordon violated the league’s drug coverage yet again.) But it can make even more sense that the simple fact that the Patriots have been fascinated in Beckham would persuade the Giants to pull him back from the trade industry. If the Patriots are fascinated in one particular of your gamers, there is possibly a damned superior explanation. It should really not really take the Patriots getting fascinated to know that Odell Beckham is as well superior to trade, but there are even worse methods to recognize you’ve manufactured a miscalculation by placing a player on the industry, I suppose.