Regardless of how likely, there is a possibility that New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will no longer be in The Big Apple come Week 1 of the upcoming NFL season. If you ask online sportsbook, BookMaker.eu, they would tell you that it is actually a real possibility.
Beckham’s situation in New York, on the surface, appears to be deteriorating. He is well known for his past on-field antics, plus a couple of sketchy videos taken this offseason that may or may not star him seem to have the Giants’ front office near their limit. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Beckham also “will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension agreed to — with the Giants or any team.”
Beckham is on the final year of his rookie contract in which he is set to make about $8.5 million, which would be about $10 million less per year than what his value would be on a new deal. Although it seems like it would be a poor decision to let someone as talented as Beckham go, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman isn’t one to mess around either.
Among the teams who could vie for Beckham’s services, the Indianapolis Colts are the second most likely specific outside destination for OBJ according to BookMaker.eu.
The Los Angeles Rams, of course, are the most likely outside destination. They have been very active in the trade market this offseason, acquiring cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib as well as trading away edge rusher Robert Quinn and linebacker Alec Ogletree. After all of that, the Rams still have nine drafts picks (one first, one third, two fourths and five sixths), plus they need to find a way to replace free-agent departure, receiver Sammy Watkins.
So, what makes the Colts a likely destination for Beckham? If you ask me, they’re not, but we’ll roll with it for the sake of conversation. For starters, the Colts have the means to acquire OBJ. They have nine draft picks, including five inside the top 70. They also need more ammo at wide receiver, as T.Y. Hilton is the only one on the roster that scares defenses. Pairing Beckham and Hilton would make for one of the league’s top wide receiver duos.
The biggest hitch here in the Colts-Beckham deal would be compensation. Yes, the Colts have draft picks, but no, they are highly unlikely to give them up for one player. In fact, the Colts would possibly have to trade Hilton in the exchange, which is also unlikely. There’s also Beckham’s new deal looming.
While it’s fun to think about, I wouldn’t get your hopes up.