The Most Insane Trade Rumor

Every once in a while, however, a trade rumor comes out that’s so ridiculous, so incredibly far-fetched, that it makes you wonder why sports journalists would even think of turning it into actual credible news. The latest instance of this is the rumor that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be traded.

Right off the bat, this is simply insane: The Giants who struggled mightily last season, mostly because their star player, Beckham was injured for most of the season, is not likely to trade Beckham simply because he did something controversial in the offseason. There are similar cases that had the same predictions –  Kobe didn’t get traded after his alleged rape of a hotel maid, Terrell Owens didn’t get traded after celebrating inappropriately on the star in the middle of Cowboys Stadium and Bryce Harper didn’t get traded after repeated occurrences of flying off the handle and getting ejected. There are many other examples of athletes doing questionable things and not getting traded. The reason for this is simple: you don’t get rid of a valuable player just because he makes a mistake.

It’s unlikely that the Giants would trade a player who in four years has gone from a college prospect who showed a lot of promise to one of the NFL’s best wide receivers and a player who is pushing the boundaries of greatness at the wide receiver. We’re talking about a man who recorded over 4,000 receiving yards in his first three years in the league, itself a historic pace, so thinking of getting rid of him because of a making bad choices is beyond comprehension.

As for whether the Giants should meet his salary request, pay him over $20 million a year for a contract extension is still questionable. What’s undebatable is that he’s worth a lot of money and the Giants will need to give him something approximating that. However, I’m sure that Beckham is reasonable and the Giants can negotiate a fair deal with him, but that’s beside the point.

The point here is that unless Beckham suffers some catastrophic injury, the New York Giants will continue to do everything possible to make sure that Odell Beckham Jr. remains with the team for as long as possible.

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