Patriots reportedly tried to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. 'all last offseason'

Ryan Hannable
February 18, 2019 - 1:39 pm

The Patriots didn't exactly have the best depth at the wide receiver position last season, but apparently it wasn't because they didn't try to add a star player.

According to Chris Simms on Monday's PMT Live, the Patriots made an effort to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. "all last offseason," and that was part of the reason why the Giants didn't eventually trade him at all.

"The New England Patriots were trying to get Odell Beckham Jr. all last offseason," he said. "That didn't work out, and I think the Giants got cold feet and were like, 'Wait, New England wants him? Uh oh, maybe he is better than we thought. Maybe we should just keep him on our own instead of it being thrown in our face and him going to win a Super Bowl with the Pats.'"

Trade rumors involving Beckham have again come out in recent days, with Jay Glazer predicting the Giants trade him as one of his bold offseason positions.

The 26-year-old seems to have issues with quarterback Eli Manning, which could potentially make it worth trading him. Beckham is signed through 2023 and if traded his cap hits would be lowered from the $21 million (2019) and $19 million ('20-22) the next four seasons.

It's worth pointing out Beckham has been active on Tom Brady's Instagram page in recent days, which obviously caught the attention of Patriots fans.

The Patriots certainly would love to have a player like Beckham for Brady to throw to, but at this point it seems like a long shot given what the team would likely need to give up, and also it doesn't have a great deal of cap space to work with, so he likely would need to restructure.

Stranger things have happened, though.

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