CLEVELAND — All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been the subject of much debate and discussion as to what his future holds with the New York Giants, and a new report emerged on Tuesday afternoon.
In talking with 92.3 The Fan’s Bull and Fox afternoon drive program in Cleveland, New York Daily News NFL reporter Manish Mehta reported that Giants coach Pat Shurmur would prefer to deal the talented pass catcher rather than have him in the locker room.
“I think that the head coach wants to trade him,” Mehta said. “I don’t know if it’s an organizational decision. My sense is that the head coach wouldn’t shed a tear if they traded him.”
But would Shurmur trade Beckham Jr. to the very team that fired him following the 2012 season? Well, that might depend on the offer.
Reportedly, the Browns and Giants agreed to a trade last week that can become official when the new league year starts on Wednesday, March 13, but Beckham Jr. was not part of that first deal.
Rather, the Browns sent veteran guard Kevin Zeitler and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to New York in exchange for versatile defender Olivier Vernon and a fourth-round selection in this year’s annual selection meeting.
Aditi Kinkhabawala of the NFL Network told 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland Friday that the Browns offered multiple players, including Zeitler, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and one more athlete, in exchange for Beckham Jr., but the Giants rebuffed the deals.
“I ran that by a long-time member of the Giants organization who laughed, and said there is not a chance and that would make the Giants a laughing stock,” Kinkhabawala reported.
There is a pretty simple reason why the Giants would be reluctant to make that deal for Zeitler, Ogbah and another player for Beckham Jr.
Over 59 regular-season games, including 56 starts, in five years for the Giants, Beckham Jr. has turned 622 targets into 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. Beckham Jr. has averaged 92.8 yards per game, including a league-best 108.8 during the 2014 season.
Beckham Jr. has put four 1,000-yard and three double-digit touchdown seasons on his resume since being selected with a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University.
Last season, Beckham Jr. turned into a 77-catch, 1,052-yard, six-touchdown effort for the Giants.
Beckham Jr. is a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2014-2016) and two-time Second Team All-Pro honoree (2015-2016) during his five years with the Giants.