The New York Giants are reportedly taking calls to field trade offers for wideout Odell Beckham Jr. Should the Patriots be one of those teams calling?
Maybe they are. But that’s not really the question. Of course it wouldn’t hurt Bill Belichick to make a call. The question is, would he be willing to give up what it may take to get Beckham?
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that “several” teams have inquired about Beckham. Interestingly enough, he added that his colleague Steve Wyche says the Rams have put the No. 23 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on the table. However, it’s “unclear” whether the Giants actually want to trade Beckham – but they’re “open to listening.”
It sounds mostly like the Giants are just seeing if someone would bowl them over with an offer. The ol’ reverse-Godfather strategy. Make me an offer I can’t refuse. So it’s highly unlikely Belichick would be the one to make that offer. Maybe he’d consider offering the Patriots’ second or third-round pick. But that probably wouldn’t get it done.
Besides, Beckham might be too much of a loose cannon for Belichick to want to bother. He displays all the classic hallmarks of the Diva Wide Receiver™. He’s by turns petulant, immature, unpredictable, and demanding. He recently go caught up in a salacious story involving an Instagram model and possibly hard drugs. And he’s reportedly planning to hold out for a new contract, which spurred the trade rumors in the first place. But he’s also one of the 2-3 most talented receivers in the NFL.
However unlikely Beckham-to-the-Patriots may be, it doesn’t hurt to dream. And maybe Bill made a call already. It’s just not something anyone should expect.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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