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    3 elements that must be satisfied for Odell Beckham trade — and source says Giants star told two Rams players he wants in
    Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:51 PM

    ORLANDO — Broadway Beckham Goes Hollywood could be Steve Tisch’s next movie.

    Rams coach Sean McVay was careful Tuesday not to give the Giants any ammunition to file tampering charges, but Los Angeles’ interest in trading for Odell Beckham Jr., is real.

    Very real.

    The Giants’ interest in trading him is to be determined. Nobody can prevent a team from calling and the team on the receiving end will always listen. When there’s conversation, anything can happen.

    McVay, the new state of the art offensive coach in the NFL, led the Rams to the NFC West title and their first playoff berth since 2004 in his first year on the job in 2017. He was named coach of the year.

    He has Jared Goff, one of the best young quarterbacks, and running back Todd Gurley, the offensive player of the year. OBJ would complete the Triplets, giving him his own Aikman, Smith and Irvin.

    Can it work?

    “As long as we have a lot of snaps a game, I think we can keep everybody happy, if that’s the case,” McVay said.

    There are three elements to Beckham being traded to the Rams that must be satisfied for this to happen:

    – Do the Rams want Beckham to add to McVay’s offense? Yes. Definitely.

    – Does Beckham want to play for the Rams? One source told me Beckham has told a couple of Rams players he wants in. He does love New York, so his feeling for the Rams could quite possibly be only if the Giants trade him. The Rams are going to want to get him signed to a long-term extension to avoid playing the franchise tag game with him in 2019 and 2020 after he plays for the $8.4 million fifth-year option.

    – Do the Giants even want to trade Beckham? Pat Shurmur desperately wants an opportunity to coach Beckham and give him some tough love to help him grow up. He’s in love with his talent. John Mara has backed off being in a rush to sign a check for $50 million guaranteed and it doesn’t take much to see he’s grown weary of Beckham’s childish act. The Giants don’t want to trade Beckham but if they feel he is poisoning the locker room with his selfish behavior, they could be ready to move on.

    Of course, from a football standpoint, it makes no sense for the Giants to get rid of OBJ. He’s a once in a generation player. He is the most explosive offensive weapon in team history. Mara is a patient man — he learned that from his father — but every man has his limits. Mara’s talks with Beckham have not made an impact.

    If he gets traded, Beckham to the Rams makes sense. Los Angeles GM Les Snead is not afraid to deal. Already this offseason, he’s traded for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, traded away defensive end Robert Quinn and just invested $14 million in Ndamukong Suh. Peters, Talib and Suh all arrive with character questions.

    OBJ spends his offseason in LA when he’s not getting videoed in Paris hotel rooms with models he just met, so presumably if he’s traded away, the Rams will be his preferred destination. The Rams own the 23rd pick in the first round. That’s the starting point for negotiations. They don’t have a second-round pick. That went to the Bills last year for Sammy Watkins, whom they allowed to leave as a free agent. He signed with Kansas City. The Giants should demand next year’s No. 1 as well.

    If GM Dave Gettleman is going to trade Beckham, he will open up the bidding. The *****, with the ninth pick, should want OBJ as a weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots own the Niners’ second-round pick in the Garoppolo trade, but the Niners own the Saints second-round pick after an exchange of picks during last year’s draft.

    The Giants should demand two first-round picks in any OBJ trade. That’s what Bill Parcells received for Keyshawn Johnson when he traded him to the Bucs in 2000. Tampa had the 13th and 27th picks in the first round. Parcells was convinced Johnson would hold out that summer and didn’t want to burden rookie coach Al Groh with the distraction.

    Eventually, Mara and Tisch may not want Shurmur to have to deal with the daily Beckham questions if he holds out of camp. The difference with Keyshawn is he was not showing his immaturity on an almost daily basis. Beckham has not been arrested or gotten into trouble off the field, but he continues to do things, like putting himself in that situation in Paris with the hotel room video, that have the Giants wondering if he’s ever going to get it.

    There was an NFL Network report Monday that said Beckham will not show up for the Giants or anybody else without a new contract. Up close, OBJ’s act seems much worse to the Giants than it would to the Rams, because viewed from a distance going on a boat trip to Miami less than one week before playoffs doesn’t seem so bad, but the Giants know the damage it did to their chances in Green Bay.

    “Hypothetically, a player of his caliber can kind of really do everything,” McVay said. “We don’t really get into the situations of discussing players that are under contract with any other team, just out of respect for tampering and the things that come with that.”

    McVay wants players who love football. Beckham checks that box. If the Giants are going to trade Beckham, the deadline is the first round of the April 26 draft. If they are going to dump their best player, they need an immediate return.

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  • viper
    RUMOR: Giants WR Odell Beckham being pursued by Rams in possible trade
    by viper

    Mar 26th 2018 4:30PM

    ORLANDO — Odell Beckham Jr. calls Los Angeles home in the offseason and soon he might live there year round.

    The L.A. Rams, according to multiple NFL sources, already have talked with the Giants about possibly trading for the dynamic wide receiver and turning him from a Big Apple phenom into a Hollywood star.

    One Rams executive, when approached by the Daily News at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Monday afternoon, declined comment but flashed a wry smile and didn’t deny it. “Where did you hear that?” the exec said.

    The News has learned that the Giants’ asking price in a prospective Beckham trade is starting at a first-round pick plus. The “plus” is the negotiable part, but the meaning is that it likely won’t require two first-round picks to get it done.

    Rams GM Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay would not comment when approached by the News on Monday. But Snead is one of only two GMs who have made trades already with Dave Gettleman as Giants GM, and the other is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jason Licht, who just re-signed his own wideout Mike Evans to a megadeal himself.

    L.A. is a tantalizing and logical place for Beckham to land considering all the factors at play.

    Offensive guru McVay lit the league on fire last season as a rookie head coach, but he lost deep threat wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency and still could use a true No. 1 WR to team with talented wideouts Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (Here lies the Giants’ 2017 secondary).

    The Rams are building a new $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif., for a 2020 NFL season debut, so Beckham’s star power would help open the new digs with a bang.

    And they have a young, talented quarterback in Jared Goff who is also cheap playing on a rookie contract. And that financial flexibility could allow the Rams to sign both free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Beckham after they make a trade with New York.

    Beckham doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but his familiarity and affinity for the area could help him acclimate better than he would in other markets. His star power as an NFL and Nike icon still would shine brightly in a major media market such as L.A. despite leaving the bright lights of NYC.

    The Rams hypothetically could give the Giants their 23rd overall pick in this year’s first round, a later round pick and perhaps wide receiver/kick returner Tavon Austin, who has just one year at an $8 million cap hit remaining on his restructured deal. Austin, 28, is dynamic but didn’t see much action in McVay’s offense in 2017.

    The Rams — who, again, were pursuing Beckham even before this week’s drama — easily could have plenty of competition, though, after Giants co-owner John Mara basically invited bidders on Sunday by taking a hard line on Beckham’s behavior...
    -03-26-2018, 02:29 PM
  • Nick
    Odell to 49ers?
    by Nick
    OBJ to 49ers trade remains a possibility
    Posted by Mike Florio on February 18, 2019, 7:38 PM EST

    As the season ended, a sense emerged that the 49ers could renew the pursuit of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. A month and a half later, that sense persists.

    The 49ers have had real interest in Beckham for nearly a year; the only question is whether the Giants are willing to pull the trigger. As reflected by last week’s bold offseason prediction from Jay Glazer, the Giants may indeed be ready to do so.

    The 49ers hold the second and 36th overall picks in the 2019 draft; the No. 2 overall selection would seemingly be a high price to pay, possibly requiring the Giants to send maybe a third- or fourth-round pick back to the 49ers to balance it all out.

    The Rams also had interest last year in trading for Beckham. They instead made a deal for Brandin Cooks. But if the Rams want to make a big splash in 2019, they could (in theory) dangle someone like receiver Robert Woods to the Giants as part of the package.

    However it all plays out, Glazer didn’t throw out the notion of a Beckham trade recklessly. Beckham remains in play for a trade (no matter what the Giants officially say), and the 49ers remain on the short list of teams that could get him.
    -02-19-2019, 09:33 AM
  • Tampa_Ram
    Umenyiora free to seek trade
    by Tampa_Ram
    The New York Giants have given permission to the agent of Osi Umenyiora to work out a trade for the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, a league source told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

    Graziano: Osi Blinks First

    Osi Umenyiora's holdout didn't last long, but's Dan Graziano says this isn't the end of the saga. Blog
    • Giants blog |

    The Giants want a first-round pick in exchange for Umenyiora, who continues to be unhappy with his contract status even after a meeting with team officials over the weekend, the source said.
    Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone, began contacting teams on Monday. He and a spokesman for the Giants declined comment on Monday.
    Umenyiora is expected to remain in training camp pending the trade.
    In a sworn affidavit as part of the recent Brady vs. NFL lawsuit during the lockout, Umenyiora said Reese told him in 2008 that if the defensive end were still playing at a high level in two years, he'd reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would pay him like a top-five defensive end.
    Umenyiora has two years remaining on his contract worth a total of $8 million. The two-time Pro Bowler is coming off a season in which he had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.
    Umenyiora met with Giants general manager Jerry Reese on Sunday, and coach Tom Coughlin had said that he thought progress was made.
    "Osi and I had a very good conversation and really that is all I am going to say about that," Reese said in an interview on the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN radio on Monday morning. "There are still some ongoing issues involved with that."
    Umenyiora reported to camp on Saturday and underwent his physical on Sunday. Coughlin said Umenyiora was scheduled to visit with team doctor Russell Warren to get clearance to practice since Umenyiora has had issues in past with his hip, which required surgery in the offseason. Umenyiora watched practice from the sideline on Sunday night.
    "We'll do what's best for the New York Giants," Reese added when asked if he will rip up the defensive end's contract and give him a raise. "I don't have any comments about Osi until we get all the issues resolved."

    Id love to have Osi part of the rams squad but giving up a 1st round pick for him is way to much and will never happen with the rams.
    -08-01-2011, 09:31 AM
  • 3STL9
    Osi Umenoriya
    by 3STL9
    He seems really unhappy with the Giants...maybe we can trade for him during the offseason..

    It seems like Giants can't afford to keep Tuck and Osi...Not only money wise but cant give them playing time wise...

    Spags-Osi combo, I am sure Osi would like that and maybe we can trade some players + next years 2nd round pick?

    Anybody think this could be possible?
    -12-28-2009, 12:43 PM
  • MauiRam
    Rams coach Sean McVay not afraid to exchange tips with former mentor ..
    by MauiRam

    Rams coach Sean McVay hinted in September that he and former boss Jay Gruden might compare notes about common opponents this season, and that relationship could benefit both parties this weekend. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    By rich Hammond; Orange County Register
    PUBLISHED: November 2, 2017 at 5:43 pm | UPDATED: November 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    THOUSAND OAKS — They close practices to the public. They avoid talking about injuries. They cover their mouths on the sidelines. NFL coaches, in general, display a rather high level of paranoia.

    Sometimes, though, the shield is lifted. Rams coach Sean McVay remains close with his former boss, Washington coach Jay Gruden, and as the Rams prepare for another game against an NFC East team – the New York Giants on the road Sunday – McVay might be leaning on his former mentor a bit.

    McVay hinted in September that he and Gruden might compare notes about common opponents, and after Thursday’s practice at Cal Lutheran, McVay indicated it happened. The Rams play the Giants, Washington’s division rival, while Washington plays Seattle, a division foe of the Rams.

    “Obviously I have a lot of respect for Jay,” McVay said. “He’s a close friend of mine. Now that we start to have some common opponents, (it helps) just being able to share with someone else that maybe has a different perspective, as opposed to maybe just inside the building.

    “He’s such a great resource, to be able to have a close friend like that, most importantly, but also somebody you can confide in that might be outside the building.”

    In a coincidence of NFL scheduling, the Rams hired McVay in the same year that they were slated to face all four NFC East teams: Philadelphia and Washington at home, and Dallas and the Giants on the road.

    The Rams lost to Washington in the second week, but that left plenty of time, if desired, to share information. Of the Rams’ final 14 games, 11 are against teams that also play Washington this season.

    McVay didn’t exactly mask this. On the Monday before the Washington game, McVay was asked about his upcoming communication with Gruden and said he was “looking forward to getting past this game.”

    “Then,” McVay added, “we can kind of try to be able to help each other as we move forward into the regular season, getting deeper into it, especially playing the NFC East and some of the familiar opponents and some of the things that will cross over with them.”

    So, has it worked? Perhaps. Washington beat San Francisco on Oct. 15, one month after the Rams beat the *****, and the Rams beat Dallas on the road on Oct. 1.

    “It’s not like we’re sharing every secret or anything like that,” McVay said. “It’s just that you feel like you can talk football and not give anything away from a competitive-advantage standpoint. We still talked, even leading up to our game. It’s just that...
    -11-03-2017, 11:43 AM