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Giants news, 3/20: Did Giants have a better offer for Odell Beckham?

Adam Schefter believes they did, but Peter King is doubtful

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Odell Beckham Jr. is now a member of the Cleveland Browns, but we are still talking about him. That is probably going to be the case for a while. Today we are doing so because NFL insider Adam Schefter claimed Tuesday on his podcast that the Giants had a better offer for the star wide receiver than Jabrill Peppers and Cleveland’s 17th and 95th picks in the upcoming draft.

“I know, know, there were other teams that offered the Giants more than the Browns did for Odell Beckham Jr. So if the Browns are coming in with this offer that the Giants thought was good, why not — and I’ve never made a trade like this — but why not say ‘hey listen that’s a great offer, give us 24 hours, we want to see what else is available before we make this deal with you. What was the rush on March 12?”


Schefter offers no substantive evidence of what those better offers might have been, so we have no way to judge. Perception of any offer is subjective, and this seems like opinion from Schefter more than anything.

The only thing we know as fact, because GM Dave Gettleman admitted as much, is that the Giants had “numerous conversations with the San Francisco 49ers about Beckham but the sides “couldn’t come to an agreement.”

In his ‘Football Morning in America’ column this week, Peter King pre-emptively threw cold water on Schefter’s claim that the Giants could have gotten a better return for Beckham. He wrote:

Because Beckham’s stock had been tarnished, it’s doubtful, for example, that he could have fetched better than 17-95-Peppers from the 49ers for picks and/or a player in the next two drafts. The Niners have been sniffing around Beckham for months. But they’re just not a good match right now. The Giants need high picks and/or productive players. The Niners wouldn’t have wanted to trade a high pick this year or next plus rising star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner … and the Giants might not have wanted to settle, say, for next year’s first-rounder and this year’s second-rounder (36th overall) plus a lesser player than Buckner (say safety Jaquiski Tartt). The Giants need help now. So Gettleman took the bird in the hand. He lanced the boil.

Sounds like King is saying the 49ers didn’t want to meet Gettleman’s two first-round pick “litmus test.”

Here is what Gettleman said on Monday about what the Giants got in return for Beckham:

“In order for us to move Odell, the other team was going to have to knock it out of the park. As I said, we were not actively shopping him. Calls were coming to us,” he said. “For us to get Jabrill Peppers, who we think is going to be a very good safety in this league. He’s young, we’ve got him under contract for three years at very reasonable value. To get another one (first-round pick), this year is number 17, I think, and to get that kind of a value in this type of a draft, and to get a third-round pick completing our dance card for April, it was just too much to pass up. It was too much value for us.”

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