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The New York Giants would be fools to trade Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. may be coming to the end of his contract with the Giants, but they would be foolish to trade him for anyone.

According to Sports Illustrated, Beckham is rumored to be up on the block for trade pretty soon, but if they pull the proverbial trigger, the team might find itself in more trouble than not.

“Not only [is he] tremendously talented, but they exist on teams in a very specific, problematic moment in time: The precious remaining years of a franchise quarterback. Should the Giants trade Beckham, they almost certainly will forego the final relevant season (or two) that Eli Manning has left. They’ll also burn one of the precious few seasons of Saquon Barkley’s athletic prime, which is a different and more exclusive window of time in which the Giants have pressure to succeed.”

Last year, Odell Beckham Jr. was the subject of many a trade rumor, which was immediately put to rest by head coach Pat Shurmur.

“I really believe Odell is a professional,” Shurmur said. “He wants to be great. He understands the importance of the offseason. He’s a competitive guy … I’m glad he’s here today.”

So, it makes sense that the team already views him as an asset given what he brings on the field.

And since, last year, Odell Beckham Jr. made clear that he would not participate in the offseason without a new contract, it makes sense that he would do the same this season, as well.

To maximize the use of all the players on the roster today, the Giants would need to keep him on if they know what’s good for them.

There will likely be plenty of teams interested in trading for him, but if the Giants want to move forward and have a chance at returning to the top of the NFC East, they need Beckham on the roster.