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ODB Backpedal

You don't quit on talent.

March 28, 2018 - 10:10 am

A day after Giants owner John Mara set the NFL on fire when he all but hung a For Sale sign on Odell Beckham, he tried his best to drop his hips and hit that thing with a back-pedal.

Good luck with that, J. Because you can’t unring that bell. Not when the player is OBJ. Not when you’re the owner and you start throwing phrases around like “I wouldn’t say anyone’s untouchable.”

And not by trying to talk circles around it. Here’s what Mara said just 24 hours after lobbing that initial grenade: “I don’t know how much more clearly I can say it: I don’t want him to be traded. I want him to be a Giant. But I can’t sit here and tell you there is a 100 percent guarantee that’s going to happen. I can’t say that about any player.”

Uh, here’s how you can say it more clearly, John. WE’RE NOT TRADING ODELL. 

New Giants GM Dave Gettleman got in on the act, too. Surrounded by reporters looking to the get something from the guy given the keys to the franchise after Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo tried to burn it to the ground, Gettleman all but corkscrewed himself into the ground: “He’s on our team. You know? I don’t know if I’m going to drop dead of a heart attack in two seconds. You know, I hope not. Although I’m worth more alive than dead now for my wife. But no, all kidding aside, he’s on the team, Kim. What do you want me to tell you?” That he’s not available via trade. “He’s on the team.” So he is available via trade? “I just said he is on the team.” Listen, you don’t quit on talent.” 

You DON’T quit on talent. But you would for the right price, right? Obviously, that’s what they’re all saying.

And the one thing they’re not saying is, WE WILL NOT TRADE HIM. Because they will. For the right price. Otherwise they wouldn’t be throwing around garbage statements like, YOU DON’T QUIT ON TALENT.  I DON’T WANT HIM TO BE TRADED.  YOU WOULD JUST SAY.. READ MY FREAKING LIPS.  HE’S NOT AVAILABLE… AT ANY PRICE. WE’RE NOT TRADING HIM.  BECAUSE HE CLEARLY IS AVAILABLE. AND YOU CAN GET HIM FOR THE RIGHT PRICE.

The question isn’t whether or not he’s available because he IS But should he be? He’s your best player. A potential hall of famer. And one of the most electric guys ever to do it.

So why is he available? Because he wants more money than almost anyone who has ever done it and because he tried to get with the kicking net….hit a boat bender in Miami on an off weekend, and maybe, allegedly, burned a blunt in Paris with a gram gal while a mysterious white powdery substance was in the same room.

Are those things distractions? Yes. Are they negatives, yes. Are they dealbreakers? Hell no.

Ask the Vikings how trading Randy Moss away in his prime went? Hell, ask Gettleman how letting Josh Norman walk went when he was GM in Carolina? The Redskins paid Norman what Carolina wouldn’t, and the Panthers defense dropped from 6th to 26th and Gettleman was out of a job within the year.

Me? The only way I would even consider trading him if if someone offers an absolute fortune in return. He’s a completely different player and they’re a completely different team with him on the field. And if you’re in it, to win it, you don’t give up on a guy that electric. Unless you can jam someone with a Herschel Walker package.

Short of that, you keep this guy. Unless there’s a trade that can change the trajectory of the franchise, you better keep this dude. I understand why that door is open: you want to hear what people are offering. But it be better at least equal value, otherwise there’s no way you trade away a 25 year old hall of fame talent. Him getting with the kicking net and getting gramm’ed aren’t reasons to give up on a guy; especially that guy. Unless you dominate that trade, you don’t make it. Not with this guy.