UPDATED 3/12/19 2:55 p.m. ET: With one day into the NFL's legal tampering period, teams are making a rush to deal for superstar players like Odell Beckham, Jr.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the New York Giants are in talks with an unnamed AFC North team that is interested in taking Odell's enormous contract off their hands.
This follows a report that AFC North contenders Cleveland Browns have been pursuing Odell Beckham, Jr. since the season ended. In fact, it was rumored that the team sent the Giants an offer for OBJ last Wednesday but the Giants decided that the terms were not quite right.
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According to The Athletic's Jeff Howe, the New York Giants front office is "still involved in trade discussions" for their superstar wide-out.
This news accompanies rumors that Beckham has been looking to be dealt away for a while. In fact, it was reported that OBJ almost teamed up with Tom Brady prior to the Patriots recent Super Bowl run, but the trade was stalemated by league politics. now it seems like the stars are aligning for both the Giants and Beckham, with sources claiming that removing OBJ from their roster will free up money for the Giants to have a proper rebuild.
Last year Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Giants. Normally this big of a commitment would keep a player glued to a team for years. However, due to Beckham's skill set, the receiver "remains on the market" with the Giants vetting any team willing to pick up his contract.
"If somebody's going to talk to them about Odell and put in an offer, they're going to listen," ESPN's Jordan Raanan said on the Breaking Big Blue podcast.
Yet despite the win/win situation that comes with moving OBJ, it seems as though the front office is not quite ready to give up on making him a focal point of their future. On Wednesday, it was disclosed that the Giants turned down an offer that would send Beckham to the Cleveland Browns and potentially give the team $16 million in cap space.
Even with the rumors swirling, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has insisted that the team isn't interested in trading their star player.
"We didn't sign Odell Beckham to trade him," Gettleman told reporters in February. "I know that's all over the place right now, but we didn't sign him to trade him. That's all I need to say about that."