The New York Giants, and in particular co-owner John Mara, have not been up to date with their talk on broad receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at this week's NFL Owner Meetings. On Sunday, Mara said no one in the team is "untouchable" on the heels of a 3-13 season, but followed that two days later by saying Beckham was "not on the block."
"Is this what we want to prevent clubs from calling us? No, but he's not in the block, we're not buying him," Mara told reporters.
"I do not want him traded," Mara continued. "I want him to be a giant, I can not say it's a 100% guarantee that it will happen, I can not say that to any player."
Now that everything has been cleared up, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday, if the Giants start to buy it, which they are not, they will quote for the sublime, but somewhat broad, receiver: at least two first-round picks. This is at the forefront of long-term contract renewals, which Beckham is reported to demand from any team he plays for in 2018 (from now on he will earn $ 8.46 million in the final year of his rookie contract).
Two first-round picks with a mega-contract at the top are giving up a lot, but it's already happened with a broad receiver: In 2000, Keyshawn Johnson traded to the Bucs after his fourth season for two first-round picks the Jets. Tampa Bay then signed to Johnson for a contract extension that made him the best-paid wide-out in the NFL and helped the Bucs to a Super Bowl title in the 2002-03 season.
In any case, all this is a whole lot of posing. Beckham's camp, with its demand for a renewal, will go to hell and point out that many of the 2014 2014 wideouts are already on their second contracts and Beckham is probably more talented than most of them, if not all of them. Meanwhile, the Giants will continue to play the game publicly while awarding a prize to the receiving NFL reporters to remind Beckham that it is indeed expendable. If you can not negotiate a trade before next month's draft, expect a full summer of it.
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