In the last couple of weeks, Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has seen his standing with the New York Giants shift to shaky ground. The recent viral video post on social media of him involved in some questionable activity has created yet another distraction away from the field that the organization has had to address.
This has foreseeably created a strong level of frustration from ownership having to continue to discuss Beckham Jr.'s behavior heading into his fifth season in the league. According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN, Giants co-owner John Mara voiced on Sunday at the NFL owners meeting hinted at the team possibly being open to moving on from the star wideout.
Asked if it was possible that Beckham could be on another team's roster when the season begins, Mara said: “I can't answer that one way or the other. We're certainly not shopping him. Again, when you're coming off a season when you're 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn't say that anyone is untouchable.”
This entire situation has gotten to a point to where the Giants have grown tired of the constant issues that Beckham Jr. has caused for the franchise to deal with in the last few seasons. There is no denying that he possesses game-changing talent as one of the top wide receivers in the league, but that is starting to less outweigh the difficulties that have arisen because of his behavior.
If the Giants do explore this route, there will be plenty of teams interested in acquiring Beckham Jr. that would be willing to take on his potential major positive impact on the field. He is the first player in league history to record at least 90 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns through his first three seasons.
He is currently in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal that is worth a little more than $8.4 million for the 2018 season. New York does still have some significant interest in keeping him aboard next season and well beyond that on an extension, but if issues like this continue to arise a trade may become the only outcome.