OBJ Notes: Manning, 49ers, Bills

In the deal of the day, the Giants sent Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. In return, New York received a 2019 first-rounder (No. 17 overall), a 2019 third-rounder (No. 95), and safety Jabrill Peppers. This marks the end of an era for the Giants organization, and it also means the front office may be preparing for a full-on rebuild.

There have naturally been a number of Giants-centric and Beckham-focused notes since the deal was reported earlier this evening. We’ve compiled some of the more notable rumblings below…

  • The 49ers were among the teams that expressed interest in OBJ, writes ESPN’s Adam Schefter. San Francisco has been connected to several big-name playmakers, and the team could certainly use some additional weapons for Jimmy GaroppoloMarquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis currently lead the 49ers’ depth chart, and while the pair certainly have plenty of talent, the team could easily transform the duo into a trio.
  • The Bills also had discussions about Beckham, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo (on Twitter). Tim Graham of The Athletic clarifies (on Twitter) that the Giants approached Buffalo about a trade, not the other way around. It’s not entirely surprising that Buffalo was considering a premier wideout, especially after the team failed to complete an Antonio Brown deal. The Bills have already added two free agent wideouts in John Brown and Cole Beasley, but their additions probably wouldn’t have prevented the organization from adding a player of OBJ’s caliber.
  • Following the Beckham trade, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com explores whether the Giants will end up holding on to veteran quarterback Eli Manning. There’s no denying that the organization is rebuilding, as the team has also moved on from Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon. Ultimately, the writer opines that the pairing doesn’t make sense for either side; the Giants won’t want the one or two extra wins that Manning could provide, while the veteran quarterback surely doesn’t want to spend his last few years playing for a middling team. The Giants may have to make some kind of decision by Monday, when Manning is set to earn a $5MM roster bonus that counts for a portion of his $23MM cap hit.
  • We heard that Beckham may be seeking a new contract with the Browns, and it sounds like the two sides are already talking. Jason La Canfora tweets that “there has been contact” between the Browns and the receiver’s reps. The reporter attributes the negotiations to the “ramifications of the [Antonio Brown] contract,” noting that Beckham should look to capitalize on the trend of traded players securing guaranteed money.
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  1. jeremy

    I’m ok with the 49ers not getting obj . Sure they could use him. But with the two moves they made. They can easily use the pick they have in a trade to move back and draft one of the best wrs in the draft.

  2. diehardcubfan

    Where can Eli go and play ? Clearly the Gmen are in full blown tank (rebuild) mode

    • Michael Chaney

      I think he’d be a good fit for the Dolphins. Otherwise, I’ve got nothing.

    • Natergater77

      Maybe Dolphins? Make him a bridge to whomever they draft? Giants get a 3rd or 4th?

      They use that pick, their own 3rd and picks from Browns and next year 2nd to move up to another top 10 pick. Maybe top 5. Get Haskins and one of the edge rushers to reboot the team.

      • brewcrewbernie

        Dolphins are tanking this season, but yeah there’re really the only open spot. Eli should just retire, he doesn’t need the money and I think his legacy would mean more if he was a Giant his whole career.

        • Mjm117

          Dolphins should want nothing to do with Eli and even less part a 3rd or 4th or 7th round pick for him.

          They’re releasing Tannehill. They should start Fales and move forward with the rebuild

  3. imindless

    Giants will take metcalf or brown with pick 17 and maybe a young qb at 6 and jump start rebuild. The defense was never the issue it was qb play and the headache know are obj. Trade eli on draft night for additional picks in this years or next years draft, i know gruden would love to have eli! Lol

    • Perksy

      Defense never the issue? It was atrocious last year. And an embarrassment. They couldn’t stop anyone. Eli will not get traded for picks. He has no value to any team.

    • jjabrony

      I wonder if it’s also an option to take advantage of the good defenders in this year’s draft, take a DL at 6, a Wr at 17, and tank this season to go for a better QB next draft like Tua

      • yaniwox

        This is what I’m saying. You think they handed it to Saquon a lot last year? Just wait for this season. The QB will mean next to nothing for this Giants in 19-20.

    • mriescher

      Obj didn’t have a choice. Brown threatened to retire he is going to be 31.

    • sufferfortribe

      I thought about his going to Cleveland last night. Guess we’re not the laughing stock anymore.

    • Natergater77

      See that was Reese trying to save himself. So when folks say Gettleman is worse they forget Jerry fires Tom.

      I wanted Giants to get Dorsey who funny enough is on other side of this.

  4. MZ311

    Defense wasn’t the issue? The defense was expansion level/CFL at best. It was an unmitigated disaster save for a couple of decent players.

  5. PeterDipersio

    If the giants are full on rebuild then you draft Haskins and start him before Eli! You use Eli as a coach!

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