Okay people. The Odell Beckham Jr. trade was exactly the type of reason why I created this blog. This is my time to shine! I know you have all been waiting on bated breath for me to speak on what will undoubtedly go down as a franchise altering trade (you can stop laughing now).
Emotions. So Many Emotions.
There were so many emotions going through my mind when I first heard about this trade Tuesday night. My first emotion was complete SHOCK. Yes, in the back of my mind, I knew this trade was probably going to happen. There were rumors for the past year and half that the New York Giants were shopping around their All-World superstar. Ultimately, I kept thinking to myself, I will believe it when I see it.
And then I saw it…..
After getting over my initial emotion of shock, my mind immediately went to “We are going to get KILLED for this”. Part of the reason I never actually thought the Giants would go through with this trade was the amount of backlash they would take from the media and the fan base alike. In this day in age, EVERY single move gets judged in a vacuum by social media and ESPN. Part of me was actually relieved when the trade happen. It cemented the fact that John Mara and Dave Gettleman were not going to let what fans and analysts think sway their convictions.
The other part of my relief was that we simply weren’t going to hear any more OBJ drama. For as amazing as Odell was on the field, there was always something of note going on around what he was doing on the field or off of it. Is Odell a bad person? No. Emphatically NO. I will call a spade a spade though, and OBJ was every bit the Diva that many star wide receivers before him were (i.e. Terrell Owens, Cris Carter, Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, etc.).
The next emotion I had was a sense of being UNDERWHELMED by the trade return. What the Giants got back for Odell wasn’t terrible, but it just seemed like it should have been SO much more. The Giants were trading from a position of strength and should not have given in to any demands that didn’t match up to a King’s Ransom. This is Odell Beckham we are talking about!
This is where most of the fan base experienced ANGER. Boy was there a lot of anger.
“We only got ONE 1st Rounder and a 3rd for a Top 3 Wide Receiver?!” – JIMMY
“Jabrill Peppers, hasn’t he been a bust since the Browns selected him in the 1st round two years ago?!” -BOBBY
“Dave Gettletman lied to us! He twice mentioned that we did not sign Odell to trade him!” – TIMMY
“Why the hell did we sign Odell if the team knew they were going to trade him?” – ANTHONY
(These are all made up quotes and made up people)
Let’s break each one of these down.
To Jimmy, I say, yes that all sounds underwhelming. Having said that, here is a list of the last five #17 picks. Derwin James, Jonathan Allen, Keanu Neal, Arick Armstead, and CJ Mosley. While these might not all be superstar names (save for James) they are all names that are very talented (cheap) defensive starters in the NFL. You know what the Giants are in desperate need of? Talented defensive starters (that are cheap). The Giants also recouped a 3rd round pick that they did not previously have. That makes TWELVE picks total for 2019.
That is a beautiful list. If Gettleman comes close to matching last year’s draft class, that is a HUGE influx of cost-controlled talent coming the Giants way. Gettleman’s plan here is clear. He wants to build the Giants through the draft. In this day and age, that is the only way to do things. Not to mention, with all these picks, the Giants can easily couple a few together now to move up when they need to. I expect this to be the case.
To Bobby, I say, yes he is that guy, but no, he hasn’t been a bust (that feels like a lot of commas for one sentence). Yes, Jabrill Peppers had a tough rookie year. However, he bounced back in a big way last year and produced for an improved Browns defense. He is a local product (holla at Don Bosco, which he got kicked out of and later went to Paramus Catholic) and doesn’t turn 24 until the middle of the 2019 NFL season. Coming off his best year, there is definite reason to think he is an ascending player that could be a better version of what Deon Bucannon was for James Bettcher in Arizona several years ago. For those who don’t know who that is, he was a converted safety turned $backer who did a little bit of everything for the Cardinals. James Bettcher created the position $backer for Bucannon specifically. A player that can cover, blitz, tackle, and make plays all over the field. Added bonus? Peppers is a very good Punt Returner. Something the Giants haven’t had in a VERY long time.
To Timmy, I will be quick. General Manager’s are politicians. There are tons of games being played every day amongst Front Offices in the NFL. Gettleman is a vet that keeps his cards close to his vesst. If he came out and told everyone OBJ was on the trade block, the only thing that would have done was diminish Odell’s trade value. Contrary to everybody’s belief, Dave Gettleman does NOT need to share his whole offseason plan with everyone, and he would be a bad GM if he did. Again, there is a plan here, and we as fans need to be patient to see what is on the other end of it. This is just the beginning.
Lastly, to Anthony, I say that you are 100% right on this. This is the one part of this whole trade that pissed me off. The Giants signed Beckham to a new contract, and in doing so, now paid a huge chunk of that contract and will now incur a huge cap hit of $16 million dollars. That is brutal. Who knows, maybe the Giants truly did want to keep him and something happened. The Josina Anderson interview after he signed his big deal CERTAINLY rubbed people the wrong way. See interview below:
In the end, it is clear that the Giants wanted less distractions in their locker room and surrounding their team. Hate Odell or Love him, there was constantly a bright limelight over everything he did and every move he made. You can’t blame Odell for what the Giants record was during his tenure with the Giants (and many of you will blame Eli), but the fact of the matter is they were not winning with him on the team. So the Giants did the unthinkable and traded their star.
What they do over the course of the next month will help make sense of it all for all of the Giant fans out there. Make no mistake though, this call did not come from Dave Gettleman. This is the type of move that comes down from the tippy-top and was agreed upon throughout the organization. The Giants had conviction and made the most unpopular move you could think of. Let’s give them a chance to see what they have in store.
UPDATE: The Giants signed Golden Tate to a 4-year $37.5 million dollar deal. I like it. Gettleman has a plan and nobody has a clue what it is just yet. Stop trying to figure it out before it’s even close to completion.
Mr. Glass-Half-Full Take:
This trade will either be one of the low points of this franchises storied history, or the turnaround point to lead this team out of its recent Dark Age (a Dark Age that is 7 years old…some of you younger Giant fans are so dramatic. Twelve teams have NEVER WON A SUPER BOWL). As you could have probably guessed, I am going to go with the latter.
This team has a real chance to build up its roster with some young talent in this draft, while possibly adding its future Quarterback to the fold. When Eli Manning comes off the books next year, the Giants will have upwards of $100+ million dollars of cap space to work with.
Make no mistake, Gettleman went for it last year and thought this team had a chance at making the playoffs. He was dead wrong. He has rightfully admitted this and the rebuild began during the season last year with the trading of Damon Harrison and Eli Apple. It continued this offseason with jettisoning of Landon Collins and Odell Beckham Jr., two homegrown stars that Giant fans loved.
The rebuild will end with the team moving on from Eli Manning, which despite what many of you think, WILL happen either this year or next, depending on when the heir apparent is drafted. This mess was Jerry Reese’s and Gettleman added to it a bit last offseason.
We are in full rebuild mode now. I know it’s hard to have faith and many of you are mad, but if you are truly a New York Giant fan, not just an Odell Beckham Jr. fan, you will wait this out to see what happens in the time leading up to and including the 2019 NFL Draft. Gettleman has a plan, so why don’t we see what it actually entails before calling for his head. There are other moves to come people.
P.S. I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out Odell Beckham Jr. for the many memories he provided us Giant fans over the last 5 years. I was in attendance for the “The Catch” and I can say, without a doubt, that that was the best play I have ever seen live. He was a dynamic force to be reckon with and was the very best Wide Receiver to ever wear a Giants uniform. I have much love for the dude and wish #13 nothing but the best in Cleveland. I will be rooting for them to kill it this year in the AFC. Good luck OBJ and many thanks!
Go Big Blue.