Although Beckham attended the first day of the Browns' offseason program Monday, he wasn't present Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "We don't really know the specifics right now, but he won't be here continually right now," coach Freddie Kitchens said. "He'll be back and forth, but he has some things he has to tie up, and we're getting all of that in order now."
Beckham was a sporadic attendee of the Giants' offseason program the past two years, so his current absence has precedence. By all indications, he'll make his presence felt at OTAs throughout May and mandatory minicamp from June 4-6 to build his rapport with Baker Mayfield and company. Beckham has yet to address the quadriceps injury that forced four consecutive DNPs to conclude last season, but the aforementioned activities eventually will put an end to any questions about his health.
Early reports suggested Beckham was not completely thrilled by the news that he was traded to Cleveland, but even if that's true, it doesn't sound as if the star receiver is planning to protest in any way. One potential complication for his impending arrival for Monday's kickoff is that Beckham was vacationing in France at the time he was dealt, and he now has to make plans to get back in the country two weeks earlier since teams with new head coaches can begin practicing April 1. If that can be managed, it appears the Odell Beckham saga in Cleveland will begin drama-free.
Beckham had been rumored to be in trade talks and it appears the Giants and Browns now have a deal in place. He'll undoubtedly be the top pass catcher on the offense alongside Jarvis Landry. The blockbuster deal will increase the fantasy value of quarterback Baker Mayfield and could make life easier for running backs Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb. Beckham is coming off a 2018 season that saw him record 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman went out of his way Wednesday to silence the Beckham (quad) trade rumors, saying "we didn't sign Odell to trade him...that's all I have to say about that," Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Gettleman made his comment a couple hours after coach Pat Shurmur said quarterback Eli Manning will be back with the team in 2019. Shurmur emphasized the need for improvement on the offensive line, though he also acknowledged the possibility of using a draft pick to find Manning's successor. While the Giants may be willing to listen to offers, it's a long shot for Beckham to actually be traded after he signed a five-year, $90 million extension in August. He should be healthy for the start of the Giants' offseason program despite missing the final four games of the 2018 campaign.
Signed to a five-year, $90 million extension last offseason, Beckham caught 77 of 124 targets for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games before missing the final four weeks of 2018 with a quad injury. He should make a full recovery before the start of the offseason program, if he isn't already back to 100 percent. Trade rumors are reasonable in the sense that Beckham would be more valuable to a team with good playoff odds, but any deal would essentially be a concession to a major rebuild in New York. With the 26-year-old wideout joined by Saquon Barkley (22 years old), Evan Engram (24) and Sterling Shepard (25), the Giants presumably are aiming for a quick turnaround, perhaps with the help of a young quarterback. The team likely would expect multiple early draft picks -- or starting-caliber players on rookie contracts -- just as a starting point to open discussions about trading Beckham.
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