Whether the New York Giants trade Odell Beckham Jr. or not remains to be seen, but they know what they want in return.
The New York Giants hold all the cards this offseason. Not only are they sitting with the second-overall pick in a draft that is chock full of big-time prospects, but they’ve got one of the game’s most explosive playmakers, Odell Beckham Jr., who could be available.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are seeking at least two first-round picks in any deal for the All-Pro wide receiver.
Giants have asked for at least two first-round picks in return for Odell Beckham Jr., a league source tells ESPN, even though team insists it is not shopping him.
Doesn’t mean they get it, or close to it, or even trade OBJ. But they have asked for at least two first-round picks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2018
While, as Schefter notes, the team—including owner John Mara—insists that Beckham isn’t on the trading block, there’s enough speculation swirling around to think that a deal could be struck before or at the NFL Draft.
For all his talent on the field, Beckham has become something of a headache off of it, so much so that Mara told reporters, via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, that he was “tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is.”
Beckham, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 of the 2017 season, hasn’t been able to avoid controversy this offseason. Earlier this month, a video surfaced of Beckham in a hotel room, holding what appeared to be a marijuana blunt while a woman was cutting up a white substance—presumed to be cocaine—with a credit card.
Yet despite the unfortunate off-field situations he seemingly cannot avoid, there’s interest in his services around the league.
The Los Angeles Rams are known to have interest in the 25-year-old, who has caught 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns over 47 career games (44 starts).
Jarvis Landry, his former teammate at Louisiana State University, has been openly recruiting him to the Cleveland Browns, the team that sits with the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.
While it’s understandable why the Giants might be looking to deal him, they’re wise to not give him away, even if his value, due to the season-ending injury and video, is on the low-end of the spectrum at the moment.