Monday afternoon reports have the Los Angeles Rams pursuing a trade for New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Let the Odell Beckham Jr. trade sweepstakes begin.
After NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning the New York Giants were discussing trading Beckham, it appears there is a team interested in making a deal with the G-Men for the highly controversial wide receiver.
That team is the Los Angeles Rams.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News is reporting that multiple NFL sources have said that the Rams are pursuing a possible trade for Beckham.
BREAKING: The Los Angeles #Rams, according to multiple NFL sources, have talked with the #Giants and are pursuing a possible trade for Odell Beckham Jr. to turn him from a Big Apple phenom into a Hollywood star https://t.co/KduwQAkvdI
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) March 26, 2018
A Rams executive declined to comment on the reports that the team was interested in trading for Beckham when approached by the Daily News at the NFL Owners meetings in Orlando, but didn’t deny reports and flashed a wry smile when asked about it.
“Where did you hear that,” the exec said, per Leonard.
Los Angeles would be a preferred destination for Beckham one would think since he has a home out there.
The Rams also are need of a true No. 1 type of wide receiver with losing Sammy Watkins in free agency.
Beckham, paired with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and a healthy Tavon Austin would give quarterback Jared Goff a multitude of weapons to throw to on the outside. Throw in a running back like Todd Gurley in the backfield and the Rams have one of the best offenses in the league, presumably.
After Giants co-owner John Mara said that no one on the team was “untouchable” at the Owners Meetings on Sunday, many have speculated about what the Giants will do with Beckham.
Trading for a player of Beckham’s caliber should demand at least a first-round pick, one would think. Possibly even an addition of a second-round pick and a selection in the later rounds of the draft too.
Teams in need of a No. 1 type-receiver like the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens could pursue Beckham in the belief that he could make them a playoff team.
Former LSU teammate and current Cleveland Brown wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted Monday afternoon his feelings that Beckham should join him in Cleveland.
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) March 26, 2018
As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday morning, Beckham will not be playing this season for any team if he does not get a contract extension.
Beckham played in only four games for the Giants in 2017 after fracturing his left ankle in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers, an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
He has also hurt himself a ton this offseason with multiple off-the-field issues. All those things combined are not the way you want to enter the final year of your rookie contract.
Trading Beckham is not a must for the Giants, but if they get a good deal for him, they will take it.
With the reports of the Rams pursuing a trade for Beckham, it seems the auction for the star wideout has begun.