There’s never a dull moment in the saga of Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants wide receiver is entering the fifth and final year of his deal with New York and has made it clear he wants a new contract — one that will make him one of the highest paid players in the NFL.
NFL Media reported early Monday that Beckham would not play unless he receives his long-term deal, inciting a slew of questions for Giants executives.
New general manager Dave Gettleman, being the gruff personality he’s known, acknowledged the report at the annual NFL owner’s meeting by saying, “Yeah, I can read. I got nothing to say.”
Dave Gettleman on Report Odell Beckham Jr. won’t play without a contract extension: “Yeah, I can read. I got nothing to say.” Said he will talk tomorrow.
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) March 26, 2018
Team co-owner Steve Tisch told reporters he wants No. 13 on his side come Week 1.
“I do hope Odell is with the Giants for the 2018 season. I would like that very much,” Tisch said (via ESPN.com). "Odell's contract will be negotiated at the appropriate time. At the moment, conversations between Dave Gettleman and Odell's representatives are at the earliest, most premature stages."
Co-owner John Mara said the team would listen to trade offers for Beckham, but it seems unlikely a team would step forward with a deal worth of Beckham’s play-making ability.
ESPN.com’s Bill Barnwell pointed out how foolish it would be for the Giants to ship off Beckham considering how much better he makes Eli Manning, who the Giants still plan to trot out under center.
If you want to know why the Giants won’t trade Odell Beckham, these are Eli Manning’s stats with and without Odell on the field over the last three seasons: pic.twitter.com/yCynKTU3UI
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) March 26, 2018
Now, if anyone were to make a run at Beckham, maybe the ultra-active Browns front office would be that suitor — which would please Jarvis Landry — a former teammate of Beckham’s at LSU who was traded to Cleveland earlier this month.
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) March 26, 2018
"At the moment, that's hypothetical," Tisch said of any trade talk. "We have not been contacted by anyone representing Odell making that comment or suggesting that's something he might do."
Though Beckham is coming off a season in which he missed 12 games, his numbers through his first three full seasons are virtually unmatched in league history as he holds the NFL record for fewest games to 200 catches and fewest games to 3,000 career receiving yards.