New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has some high hopes when it comes to an offseason addition for Big Blue.
Beckham posted a picture of him and Bell on Instagram with the caption “Welcome the newest member of the giants.” He also added the Bell should change his Instagram handle.
Bell has said that he’s confident that a long-term deal with the Steelers can be reached, but would consider retiring if one couldn’t. Recently, the running back said that $60 million wasn’t enough to play for the New York Jets.
The Giants could certainly use Bell. They were 26th in the NFL in rushing offense and 21st in total offense. This season Bell rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns and had 655 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
While Bell would be a massive addition for the Giants’ offense, Big Blue has limited cap space available this offseason and many, many holes to fill. OBJ is entering the final year of his deal and is assuredly going to want a huge payday after the season.
So really, the question is this: Would OBJ be willing to take significantly less so the Giants could sign Bell? Of course not.
This isn’t the first time that Beckham has tried to recruit someone to the Giants. Last year, he tried to get LeGarrette Blount to come to New York. Unfortunately for him, that didn’t work.
This isn’t going to work either.
Would OBJ consider Penn State running back Saquon Barkley a solid consolation prize? While the Giants could take a quarterback with the second-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s far from certain that they will.
While it’s far too early to anoint Barkley the next Bell, their skillsets are eerily similar, both came from Big Ten schools (Bell played for Michigan State), and both of their last names start with the letter “B.”