Giants co-owner John Mara said Sunday there were no “untouchables,” and the star wide receiver, entering the final year of his rookie deal, seemed to answer Monday when the NFL Network reported Beckham would “not set foot on a field without a new contract extension” from the Giants or any other team.
With the background set for a potential standoff between the two sides, here’s a look at where Beckham could land if the Giants decide they should trade him:
Oakland Raiders: For an organization that hasn’t shied away from taking on players with potential off-the-field distractions, the Raiders could be a good fit. During his time as an ESPN analyst, new head coach Jon Gruden didn’t hold back from criticizing Beckham for his performance and even suggested benching him at one point in 2016. Perhaps he’s the coach who could get Beckham to sustain his potential.
Bill Belichick now has two first- and second-round picks in the upcoming draft after trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday. The Patriots’ offseason started with the free-agency defections of Danny Amendola (Dolphins), Malcolm Butler (Titans) and Nate Solder (Giants), among others. Rumors are rampant that there is friction between him and Rob Gronkowski and the star tight end might be traded, as well.
But for now, the focus moves to what the Patriots will do with those picks, and there are several options. The juiciest — but most unlikely — is the Patriots trading those two first-rounders for Odell Beckham Jr., meeting the ransom the Giants reportedly want for the mercurial receiver.
But ESPN’s Adam Schefter poured cold water on that scenario Wednesday morning.
“It’s a mirror image,’’ Judge said, digging deep into the hitting philosophy. “So for me in my first at-bat, if I notice they are coming hard-in and maybe working more changeups, he can see that and make some plans so when he goes up there he won’t be surprised when he sees some fastballs in and some changeups away. Or same thing for me.’’