Giants' GM goes on offense over Odell Beckham deal

Giants Saquon Barkley sad to see Odell Beckham

"After much discussion, we just believe this is in the best interest of the NY football Giants".

Gettleman called Beckham a tremendous talent, but said the Giants got three assets in return, at the very least. Cleveland also sent its 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) and the 2019 third-round selection (95th overall) they originally were dealt in a 2018 trade with the Patriots.

"Talks were initiated by the Browns".

The 68-year-old GM said he knows the Giants did not sign Beckham last summer to a $90 million deal to trade him, but things changed when the Browns made a value-packed offer that "knocked it out of the park" and allowed NY to address multiple positions on a team coming off a 5-11 record.

"As I said publicly twice, we didn't sign him to trade him, but obviously things change", Gettleman said.

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"I know - know - there were other teams that offered the Giants more than the Browns did for Odell Beckham Jr.", Schefter said, who was very adamant about it. "We were not actively shopping him". To get another one (first-round pick), this year is number 17, 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.

Gettleman did have what he called "numerous conversations" with 49ers general manager John Lynch "and frankly we couldn't come to an agreement, so that died on the vine". Getting rid of Beckham, he insists, is not a contradiction. As it is clear that Manning's best days are behind him, Beckham was growing impatient with the direction that the team was going by keeping Manning.

Whether it's inheriting even more of the targets in the passing game (Barkley was targeted 121 times in 2018, while Beckham was targeted 124 times in 12 games), or his presence as part of the culture head coach Pat Shurmur is trying to build, in many ways the Giants are now Barkley's team. "At the end of the day, you have to say, "Gettleman is out of his mind" or 'he knows what he is talking about when he evaluates players.' That's really where it's at".

Gettleman said it was not his responsibility to discuss the Giants' plan for the future.

"Trust me, we got a plan", the Big Blue GM said. "Over time, you have to be patient".

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