Would You Trade for OBJ?
By WC Peters
To start, I would not trade any asset or pay any price for any wide receiver ever. That being said, Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talented wide receivers to ever play the game. He has made amazing catch after amazing catch in regular season games and therein lies the problem, he has never been a part of a winner. The weekend before the Giants playoff game he and some other teammates went on a yacht and partied. I am not a fan of overpaying for a wide receiver. They do not move the needle enough to warrant going out and paying handsomely for a wideout. There have been numerous stories of teams going out and paying too much for a wideout and then not getting any return on their investment. The Browns are rumored to be in the market for OB,J and I for one hope he does not come here. As I stated before, he is an ultra-talented dude, but because he will demand a high price on the trade market and then demand a high price to extend him, he will not be worth it in the long run. John Dorsey has done a great job of addressing the wide receiver position this offseason by going out and trading for Jarvis Landry, who is an equal talent to OBJ.
The wide receiver position is the most overrated position in the NFL. A wide receiver has never made any team a Super Bowl contender. Even when the Patriots had Hall of Famer Randy Moss, they set all kinds of regular season records, but still lost the Super Bowl. I just can’t justify paying a wide receiver a ton of money when they touch the ball maybe ten times a game. Take the Patriots for example, the quarterback can make any receiver serviceable. As I mentioned earlier, Tom Brady has had a great receiver in Randy Moss and that year they lost the Super Bowl after a record-setting regular season.
Odell, in my opinion, is in the same category as Terrell Owens. He’s a terrible teammate while at the same time being a great wideout. I am not sure what the market for him will be considering he is coming off of a season-ending ankle injury that is not healed yet. The NY Giants are expecting him to be at OTAs this spring with new Head Coach Pat Shurmur. If OBJ does play with the Giants this year and Eli is still the QB, he could have a great bounce-back year, as he will be targeted numerous times while the Giants will probably struggle again this year. If he does have a great year, he will demand a lot of money from someone, but mark my words whoever overpays for him will not get the RTI that they should get from him. If he gets traded this year, the Giants will be disappointed with what they get in return. The team that gets OBJ will be in a fight all season trying to extend him beyond 2018.