Trading OBJ was a winning move for the Giants
March 22, 2019
Last Tuesday night I screamed in disbelief when I saw the breaking news flash across my phone: The New York Giants have traded Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns.
Wait, what?! The Giants traded their playmaking receiver – a guy whose contract they just extended for max dollars (five years, $95M), the face of their franchise and New York City, a possible Hall of Fame wide receiver, and one of the top three in the league…gone? As my five-year-old daughter said, “What are we and the Giants going to do, Daddy?”
After some reflection, I believe this was the right move. In exchange for OBJ, the Giants received the 17th selection to add to their 6th pick in the first round, a 3rd round pick, and Jabrill Peppers, a 2017 first round pick and a guy who can easily replace Landon Collins at the safety position.
If the Giants are going to rebuild, now is the time. Saquon Barkley is starting his second year and there to stay. Pat Shurmur is also in his second year and still new to the franchise. Eli Manning, while obviously on his way out, is around to help groom any rookie the Giants select this year. And, if the Giants knock the selection out of the park, he could be a guy that sticks around New York for the next 10-12 years. More importantly, the Giants now have a whopping 12 total picks in this year’s draft, which is enough for critics to see a completely different roster.
Then there’s Odell. A player who sat out the last four games of the 2018 season and who opposed Eli Manning publicly and divided the locker room in the process. While OBJ may have been the face of the Giants’ franchise, it’s hard to look past his sideline antics, his beef with Josh Norman and the excessive whining during games. Let’s not forget Odell’s infamous interview alongside Lil Wayne and ESPN’s Josina Anderson, where he threw massive shade at his team and coaches.
Is Beckham one of the most talented players in the NFL? Yes. Does he sell tickets and jerseys? Yes. Was he a good fit in the Giants’ locker room and sidelines? No.
Regardless of what many may think, the Giants were not going to win with OBJ, at least not right now. They were right to move on, rebuild and rally around players like Saquon. I am behind you, Gettleman and Shurmur. Good luck.
For all the Browns fans out there – Congrats. You have one of the best receivers in the NFL and your offense will be absolutely electric. But tread lightly. A locker room with Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr has the potential to implode overnight with little warning.