Odell Beckham Jr.’s name floated in trade rumors; Giants WR won’t even commit to being happy in NY – (NOLA.COM) Saints News
As Tuesday’s 4:00 p.m. NFL trade deadline looms larger by the minute, the last-place Giants figure to be among the more active sellers, and even newly re-signed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s name has been floated in speculation.

Beckham, of course, signed a five-year extension worth $94 million on August 28, but reports surfaced Sunday that teams have inquired about his availability and even made some “decent offers,” according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Following a 1-7 start to the season, even Beckham sounded non-committal over whether he wants to stay with the Giants past Tuesday afternoon.

“[My name] was tossed around in the offseason, and I’m still here,” Beckham said following Sunday’s 20-13 loss to Washington. “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. Off the field. When I’m on the field. It’s really hard to think about that. It is what it is.”

Pressed by NJ Advance Media about whether this is where Beckham wants to be here, he nodded and repeated “It’s where I’m at.”

Eli Manning Report Card: Was Sunday his last Giants start?

There are certainly hurdles to moving Beckham prior to Tuesday’s deadline, but they are far from insurmountable ones.

If the Giants were to trade Beckham this season, they would be forced to eat $16 million in dead money, due to his $20 million signing bonus.

However, last spring, the Giants absorbed $15.5 million in dead money when they dealt defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The biggest difference between the spring and today, is that the Giants only have approximately $9.4 million in cap space, and a Beckham trade would only create $5 million in savings in addition to the dead-money hit.

Through the first eight games of the season, Beckham has accounted for 61 catches for 785 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Beckham’s lukewarm commitment to wanting to stay with the Giants comes three weeks after his controversial comments suggesting that Eli Manning has been among the team’s problems in an interview with ESPN, which he was fined by the organization for.

Earlier this week, Beckham acknowledged that he did not envision his first season playing on a new deal shaping up as it has.

“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “It’s not really re-sign, I signed something. I could have been here another three years. It’s hard to think about that right now, and it’s really irrelevant to think about that now because I’m here and I will be here.”

Matt Lombardo may be reached at MLombardo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattLombardoNFL


This original Saints article and content is on NOLA.com website. Saints News shares RSS feed and its link directly to the original content and is operated by fans of the New Orleans Saints.

Saints Tickets on SeatGeek

Leave a Reply

Notify of
You May Also Like

Sun Belt Conference Announces 2018-19 and 2019-20 Championship Sites​ – (Crescent City Sports)

  The Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors approved four host sites…

What did you think of Lil Wayne’s halftime show during the Saints game? – (NOLA.COM)

Lil Wayne is having a moment. Fresh off the release of his long-delayed…

How an undersized overachiever became New Orleans’MVP – (NOLA.COM)

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing…

Jim Taylor, NFL Hall of Famer, LSU All-American and originalNew Orleans Saint, dies at 83 – (NOLA.COM)

NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Taylor, who was an All-American…