SportGiants GM Dave Gettleman breaks silence since Odell Beckham Jr. trade
Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors: Three teams engaged in talks for Giants WR
The draft begins April 25, and any team in need of a top-flight receiver would be foolish not to consider a guy like Beckham.
Dave Gettleman has broken his silence.
Speaking for the first time since the blockbuster trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants general manager reiterated that the team truly had no intention of getting rid of their star receiver until Cleveland came knocking just before the start of free agency.
"Talks were initiated by the Browns. John [Dorsey] knew we weren't just going to give Odell away...there was considerable back and forth," Gettleman said on a Monday conference call,. "We didn't sign Odell to trade him, but things change. Another team made an offer we couldn't refuse."
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The Giants are willing to listen to offers for Beckham, but are not currently shopping him, according to a report from SNY. The Raiders were reportedly considering Beckham, but they dealt for Antonio Brown, while the Browns could also pursue him. Beckham tallied 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games for the Giants last season. The three-time Pro Bowl player was originally selected by New York out of LSU with the 12th pick in the 2014 draft. He signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the team in August. MORE: Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns also acquired Olivier Vernon for right guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers, who both got dealt to New York. Cleveland also sent its 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) and the 2019 third-round selection (95th overall) they originally were dealt in a 2018 trade with the Patriots.
"I completely understand why people would debate the merits of this deal," Gettleman added. "This trade really won't be able to be fully evaluated until we get further down the road. We did not enter this decision to trade Odell lightly.
"We have positions to address. Our plan is to address those positions, plain and simple. We'll do that through whatever means necessary."
Gettleman also addressed the rumors surrounding Landon Collins, confirming the report that the team offered a first-round draft pick for the 25-year-old safety "isn't even remotely accurate."
The Giants declined to use the franchise tag on Collins, which would have paid him an $11.15 million salary in 2019. Instead, he inked a reported six-year deal worth $84 million with the Redskins that includes $45 million guaranteed.
UK will be 'top of the queue' for trade deal following Brexit, says Trump's aide.
The UK will be “at the top of the queue” for a trade deal after Brexit, one of Donald Trump’s most senior aides has said. National security adviser John Bolton said the US President was “eager for the will of the British people to be carried out, and he is even more eager to do a trade deal”. Speaking as Theresa May’s latest attempt to get her deal through Parliament failed, Mr Bolton aimed to quell fears over the potential damage of a no-deal Brexit. © Thomson Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S., March 28, 2019.
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