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Adam Schefter: Giants are open to trading Odell Beckham

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There have been a variety of reports regarding whether or not the New York Giants are looking to trade Odell Beckham Jr., but ESPN’s Adam Schefter says we need look no further than what one of the team’s owners said about the star wide receiver in order to uncover the truth.

In an appearance on “Golic and Wingo” Tuesday morning, Schefter said with certainty that the Giants are listening to offers for Beckham. He said the way team owner John Mara criticized Beckham’s off-field behavior over the weekend was very telling.

“The Giants will be looking for a deal from now up until — and through — the draft for Odell Beckham,” Schefter said. “What it comes down to is this — they have to make a decision. They have to either pay Odell Beckham Jr., which right now they are not showing any inclination that they want to do that, or they’ve got to trade Odell Beckham Jr. It’s one or the other. I don’t think anybody thinks he’s coming in to play for $8.5 million.”

Schefter said he was told by one general manager that trading for Beckham would take a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick. The GM believes that is the case because Marcus Peters — also one of the best players at his position — was traded from the Chiefs to the Rams in a similar deal. Another executive told Schefter it would take a first-round pick and then some, similar to the Percy Harvin deal a few years back. Harvin was traded from the Vikings to the Seahawks five years ago, and Minnesota got Seattle’s first-round pick and seventh-round pick from that year’s draft and a third-round pick the following year.

“I will not be shocked if we see an Odell Beckham trade on or before the draft,” Schefter concluded.

If the Giants are as hesitant as they seem about giving Beckham a long-term extension, it makes sense that they would try to get something for him now rather than letting him leave in free agency. Plus, it sounds as though the situation could turn very ugly this summer if Beckham doesn’t get a new deal.

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