I had to wait an hour to begin writing something in regard to Odell Beckham Jr. because I was unable to form sentences that did not have at least 3 expletive words mixed into them. What. Just. Happened?!? Here are the official details of the blockbuster trade that is sending the generational receiver to the Factory of Sadness:
From a purely emotional standpoint, this trade is an absolute kick in the nuts for Giants fans. Odell was chosen to be the misfortunate sacrifice to pay for the sins of the Giants’ franchise over the last decade, and I (and I would imagine most Giants fans) could not be more upset right now. Cleveland now has an offense that showcases Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and (now reunited) LSU teammates, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. I think it’s safe to say that the Browns will be running the AFC North for the foreseeable future. This is not meant to be a “what does this mean for Cleveland” blog, because it’s pretty damn obvious what it means for them. They’re loading up to be legitimate contenders, and their offense is arguably the most dynamic in all of football now. But, how do Giants fans cope with this? Check out the date on this tweet from the Giants’ official account:
A complete, blatant lie from the man whom we were told to blindly trust in order to fix the franchise that was reeling from the blunders of former GM Jerry Reese. Reese didn’t make many good picks for the Giants, but Odell was his shining star. That pick single-handedly extended Reese’s tenure as GM two extra years. Beckham is generational, electric, and possesses the ability to rip off a big play on every route that he runs. There’s no secret that the Giants have many holes on their roster that need to be filled, but Odell was meant to be the answer to the receiving core, especially after locking up that massive contract last offseason.
“We didn’t sign him just to trade him.” Ok, douchebag. If we’re playing the “do the opposite of what I say” game, I suppose that means that Eli will be cut? Of course it doesn’t, because why would Gettleman make a move that actually benefits the team? The de facto #1 receiver on the Giants is Sterling Shepard, a receiver that thrives best in the slot and is on the last year of his rookie deal entering the 2019 season. Receiver is now a glaring weakness for the Giants, on top of other things…so where, oh where, do the Giants go from here?
I hope you weren’t expecting to read what *I* think they’re going to do from here, because, quite frankly, I have no f*****g idea what Dave Gettleman has in mind for the future. Giants fans have no reason to be excited for the upcoming season outside of Saquon Barkley touching the ball 50 times a game and watching opposing teams score 40 points a week. Don’t waste your time asking yourself what the Giants are going to do in the draft, because they don’t know what they’re going to do either. Let’s just take some guys that will be there a round later and roll with Eli for 10 more years. There are no positives to take away from this trade unless Eli Manning is cut tomorrow. Dave Gettleman sucks.