Everybody’s wondering whether Odell Beckham Jr. will either stay with the Giants or move to a different team. Well, many teams are interested in making him apart of their roster; I mean, who wouldn’t? Beckham is one of the biggest superstars in the NFL. He’s also the best receiver on the Giants. But the question is, why would he leave the Giants? Where would he go?
Beckham has been recovering from a broken left ankle that forced him to miss the whole 2017-2018 season. During the whole offseason, he’s been going through rehab and working on getting back to the swaggy, talented, receiver he’s always been. Beckham has a career total of 4,424 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns. He was the 2014 Rookie of the Year, 2015 NFL Player of the Year, and a three-time Pro Bowl receiver.
If Beckham stays with New York, he wouldn’t be paid as much as he expects. Yes, the Giants really want to keep Beckham on their team, but they’re too cheap to pay the young superstar. The other downfall of this situation is that they haven’t committed to a long-term contract in order to keep him. This is causing Beckham to search for another contract from another team(via a trade); and yes, teams are waiting in line to sign him. Now it’s not official yet, but it could still happen if Beckham is willing to go to another team.
The Giants may have other players waiting on standby to replace him, but they’re not going to be as talented as him. As we all know, Beckham is returning from a broken ankle, and they really want Beckham to be healthy as well and want him to stay. If everything doesn’t work out, then he might call it quits with the Giants.
Beckham has been living off of his $8.5 million fifth-year option on the contract that he received when he was a rookie. If Beckham plays on this contract for another year, he will be making less money than other players that were drafted along with him in 2014. Of course, Beckham isn’t satisfied with his contract at all. If he receives the same contract as before, then he won’t practice with the Giants during the offseason.
If Beckham is released, would any team want to deal with his behavior as well? The young superstar has been in many conflicts throughout his career; the most common one was with a defensive back, Josh Norman in 2015. Every time they face each other, it’s always a matchup between the two. Punches and cheap shots are thrown. Beckham has also been fined numerous times by the league due to inappropriate touchdown celebrations, like pretending to be a dog and urinating on the field.
Odell to the Rams?
This has been a big rumor that’s been going around. The Los Angeles Rams have been busy during the offseason, and they’ve had their eye on Beckham. After signing Ndamukong Suh, Rams head coach Sean McVay wanted to go for another superstar. He had high interest in picking up Beckham since the Rams are in need of more receivers.
What About the Browns?
The Rams aren’t the only team that’s on a mission to build a team full of talent this offseason. The Cleveland Browns have been trying to collect players that will be able to make a turn around from their past season when they never won a single game. During the offseason, they were able to retrieve free safety Damarious Randall and quarterback Tyrod Taylor. We all know that the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver, Jarvis Landry, has been traded to the Cleveland Browns. Now he wants to see if Beckham wants to tag along for the ride.
He and Landry have played with each other back in their LSU days; and with them together, they would be two dangerous receivers to mess with. Landry isn’t the only new member of the Browns; former Giants’ and LSU receiver coach, Adam Henry, is now apart of Cleveland’s staff. The question is, what can they provide for Beckham? spotrac.com stated that the Browns hold the most salary cap space in the NFL right now, containing $70.6 million. In that case Cleveland’s general manager, John Dorsey might have enough to pay for Beckham and Landry. If the Browns pay Beckham twice as much than his contract with the Giants, then there’s no doubt that he would consider playing for Cleveland.
The Rams and the Browns may be the two teams that are fighting over Beckham, but there are other teams out there that want to be in the mix as well. The San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots have a high interest in the young wide receiver also. The time is winding down; most likely it’ll be up to the general manager of the New York Giants and Beckham to make the decision to cut ties.