For those expecting New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to be traded by the NFL draft, don’t hold your breath.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday the feeling around the league is that New York will not deal its star wideout before or at the 2018 NFL draft, which will be held in Arlington, Texas, from April 26-28. Teams previously believed there was a realistic possibility the three-time Pro Bowler would be dealt, according to Schefter.
Beckham is entering the final year of his contract and is scheduled to make $8.459 million, per Spotrac.
New York struggled mightily in 2017 without its star wideout, finishing with the second-worst record in the league at 3-13.
April’s draft has always been an arbitrary deadline for a trade to get done. It gives teams the opportunity for instant payout, especially if an interested team is desperate. Of course, there’s nothing that prevents the Giants from continuing to explore the market throughout the summer and beyond. If extension negotiations aren’t close as the season approaches, a trade could still be on the table.
The bond between coach and general manager was on display throughout the evening as Wood joked about it being the first time he sat between the two, since they always seemed to be together.
Quinn repeated a mantra he’s stated a number of times since being hired by the organization; that the relationship between the coach and GM is the most important in the organization, before adding, “I feel like we have the strongest one in the league.”
Quinn said after Patricia was hired in February, one of the first priorities were making sure the front office and coaching staff were on the same page about the type of players they wanted to bring in via the draft and free agency.
“Matt and I are going to be in lockstep about the kind of players, the kind of people that we want,” Quinn said.