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.”
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.”
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