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#pounditSaturday, November 28, 2020

Report: Patriots were most aggressive team pursuing Odell Beckham

Talk of the New York Giants potentially trading Odell Beckham Jr. will not seem to go away, and that could be because they explored doing just that as recently as last offseason. If they entertain offers again heading into 2019, football fans may be terrified to learn which team has expressed the most interest.

Chris Simms of Bleacher Report said on Monday that he was told by multiple sources that the New England Patriots were “most aggressive” in pursuing Beckham a year ago. Simms said the Patriots worked all offseason in an attempt to acquire him, and he thinks the Giants got cold feet when one of the most respected organizations in sports wanted the star wide receiver.

There are plenty of teams that do not want to be responsible for helping the Patriots continue their insane run of success, and the Giants are probably one of them. Plus, New England rarely ever overpays for star players, so it would stand to reason that New York could get a better deal elsewhere.

In any event, the fact that the Giants were reportedly close to trading Beckham could be an indication that this reporter’s prediction is going to come true. With the Eli Manning era looking like it will come to an end in the near future, the Giants could enter a full-blown rebuild. Trading Beckham makes some sense if they decide to go that route.

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