Sorry. It’s past mid-day and I know you thought you were safe — you thought you were getting though the day without another Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors discussion. Alas, that is not to be.
Mary Kay Cabot, veteran Cleveland Browns beat writer for Cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, joined the ‘Locked on Giants’ podcast Thursday morning. The podcast, by the way, is well worth your time. In addition to giving us great insight into new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, formerly head coach of the Browns, and some draft chatter, Cabot dropped a Beckham trade proposal on us. So, let’s talk about it.
Her idea? Build a Beckham to the Browns trade where the return package began with Cleveland wide receiver Corey Coleman, a disappointment since the Browns selected him 15th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Cabot, who likes the idea of Beckham to the Browns, and I did not discuss specifics. Various reports about the cost of a Beckham trade, though, have the Giants asking for as much as two first-round picks and perhaps ultimately being willing to accept first- and third- or fourth-round picks for Beckham.
In this case, I would think Cleveland’s second first-round pick, fourth overall, would have to be part of the package. If it’s me, I’m probably also asking the Browns to surrender another mid-round pick in addition to Coleman.
That would give the Giants the second and fourth picks in the draft, a wide receiver who still may have some upside and an additional mid-round pick. Would that be enough?
Coleman, 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, has just 56 catches in 19 games with the Browns. He has 5 touchdowns and has averaged 12.8 yards per catch. He is still only 23 years old.
If the Giants were to trade Beckham, someone would have to play wide receiver in his place. Would there by any merit to a scenario like this?
Your thoughts, Giants fans?