Extra Points: Beckham Jr., Giants, Lions, Patriots

Odell Beckham Jr. signed a mega-deal this past Summer that seemed to put all of the trade rumors surrounding the young wideout to rest. But the Giants’ superstar is starting to pop up in trade buzz yet again, after another drama-filled season. The team reiterated that they were committed to Beckham longterm at their year-end press conference, but Jay Glazer of The Athletic predicts that he’ll end up getting traded this offseason.

Beckham made headlines this past season for his thinly veiled criticism of Eli Manning, and yet again for his sideline antics during games. Beckham had health issues for the second straight season, missing four games with a quad injury. If the Giants were to put him on the trade block, there’d be no shortage of trade suitors. He’s still only 26, and would likely fetch multiple early draft picks if New York finally decided to pull the trigger.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the tight end position “is definitely a priority” for the team this offseason, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Quinn further emphasized it was a “position of need” and said they’re deep into scouting the tight end’s available in this year’s draft. Detroit got pretty much nothing out of their tight ends this year, so this isn’t a surprise. The team drafted Eric Ebron tenth overall back in 2014 but let him walk in free agency this past year, only to watch him have a career year with the Colts and make the Pro Bowl. Adding a real tight end would be a massive boost to the Lions’ offense.
  • Speaking of the Lions, they lost an assistant coach. Assistant special teams coach Devin Fitzsimmons is leaving to take a job at Vanderbilt, according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News (Twitter link). Fitzsimmons had been with Detroit for the past five seasons. After the Lions fired Joe Marciano midway through last season, Fitzsimmons served as the team’s interim special teams coordinator for the final eight games.
  • The Lions aren’t the only team who made an assistant coaching change. The Patriots are hiring Youngstown State offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo to be their new assistant offensive line coach, according to Brian Dzenis of The Vindicate. Dzenis writes that Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini earlier this week, and Belichick has some connections to the area.
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        • RockHauler

          Why would the Giants trade a player who is 26 years old, is the #1 paid WR, for a player who is 31, the #2 highest paid WR, and has said if traded wants to renegotiate his contrCt which would then make him the #1 highest paid WR? Also, you are trading a malcontent player who by all accounts is a bad teammate, for a player, who although selfish plays the game and is considered by many to be an excellent teammate.
          Doesn’t make any sense. That’s why.

  1. TheTruth12

    Steelers don’t wanna do a deal with the Pats so why not OBJ to the Pats for a 1st and a 2nd or two

  2. Thronson5

    I think the 9ers are going to have a very busy off season. They have draft picks and money and they know everyone around them is getting better so they have to step up. I just saw a video of a analyst pretty much agreeing as much which makes me feel like it’s not far fetched to feel they are going to be extremely active in trades and free agency. Wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to trade for AB or OBJ and I also wouldn’t be surprised at all if they went after Bell and it they did land Bell I’d imagine they’d either try to trade McKinnon or release him. Another one I think is a real good possibility is Earl Thomas, actually feel like this move is more likely than any other one just because Sherman’s recruiting him, he wants to stick to to the Seahawks and the 9era have the money to offer him and have proven they will outbid teams if it’s someone they want. Their window isn’t gonna be long, I like Jimmy but I don’t know how long the guy will be a good QB with his injury history so you’d have to imagine winning right away is a priority especially with teams around them getting better every year.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Bell, Brown and Beckham are guys you go after if your a player or two away from being a title contender because they are going to cost you plenty. Niners will be active over the next few months but taking high flyers like this is not the best approach since they are still struggling just to be a playoff contender. They should use the next couple of years to build a solid nucleus of talent and then they can go after a home run hitter.

      • dugdog83

        Hey, I finally agree with you crosseyed. Niners need more than just a few players to contend with the Rams and even Seattle. Kittle can’t do it all.

  3. ahale224

    OBJ, Bell, probably Lawrence, Jarret, and of there’s room Brown. The $25 million(roughly) the patriots have in cap space this offseason should cover all that right?

  4. gmetwagner

    OBJ does not command a 1st and 2nd. However, if they Giants can move him it would be their greatest offseason move in the last 2 decades, assuming they are off the hook for his contract. I would love if they traded him for a 1rd next year, when there’s actually a QB in the draft. Keep Eli 2 seasons, let him groom next years draft pick. ODB is pure cancer.

  5. Guest617

    surprisingly the video with lines of cocaine led to a mega contract – the guy can’t stay healthy

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