Of trading Odell Beckham, Jr.

Marquita Quinones
OTFB Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@LatinLove729

TRADE – The word “trade” involves the transfer of goods or services from one person or entity to another, often in exchange for money.

Unfortunately, in the world of sports, it often means an unwanted change and can involve a player that you are not ready to part with. Such is the case of the trade of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

When rumors first began that the New York Giants were considering trading their star receiver, I and many others felt this had to be a big mistake.

This is THE Odell Beckham Jr. we are talking about. Beckham, an Offensive Rookie of the Year, a three-time Pro Bowler, and a two-time second-team All-Pro. That Beckham. The one who broke plenty of offensive records. And of course, let’s not forget the one-handed touchdown catch while falling backward in a Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys Things were looking up for the New York Giants and Beckham seemed to be the one that could lead the Giants to another Super Bowl appearance.

Now with all that talent, Beckham came with some baggage of his own and that became very apparent when he was interviewed by Josina Anderson.  When Anderson asked about the Giants lackluster season, Beckham openly criticized his quarterback, Eli Manning by saying:

“I don’t know…Can Eli still throw it, yeah, but it’s been pretty safe and it’s been you know…cool catching shallow routes and trying to take it to the house. But I’m you know, I want to go over the top of somebody…How come we can’t throw the ball for more than 20 yards?” asked Beckham.

“How come we don’t attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards? Those are questions that we have to figure out, but for now, I would say it’s our heart, it’s our energy…..It’s like I want to be here like I’ve been waiting to get here this whole time. I feel like a caged animal who gets this — it’s my 60 minutes of playtime. You know, I can play with other people. We can play nice, or we don’t have to play nice. But I get to play, and I get to do all this. This is my time to be out of the cage. You know, if somebody’s messing with me during my time to be out of the cage, like, it’s going to be a problem.”

Beckham’s frustrations were valid as the Giants’ down-field passing was non-existent this past season. In the first four games, Beckham had 31 completed catches, 331 passing yards, and no touchdowns. He also had numerous misses from Manning when Beckham was open deep downfield.

Then came the trade rumors. With all the drama and discord amongst the Giants locker room, the possibility of trading Beckham seemed ridiculous and the dumbest move the Giants can make. So once the New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman insisted that he had not signed Beckham just to turn around and trade him, I thought that was the end of that discussion. Yet it was not even a week later and Beckham had been traded to Cleveland in exchange for a first-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers.

The trade was the ultimate betrayal. Fans, like team owners, have a vested interest in players and dreams of Super Bowl titles that they hang on the performance and longevity of that player. No one wants to hear that their star player of only a few years has been traded.

But fans didn’t go quietly into the night. Instead, they took to social media and voiced their disapproval and their lack of trust in management.

 

The origins of the word trade were meant to benefit all but in this case, the New York Giants fans feel that they got the short end of the stick!

 

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