Dave Gettleman has broken his silence.
Speaking for the first time since the blockbuster trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants general manager reiterated that the team truly had no intention of getting rid of their star receiver until Cleveland came knocking just before the start of free agency.
“Talks were initiated by the Browns. John [Dorsey] knew we weren’t just going to give Odell away…there was considerable back and forth,” Gettleman said on a Monday conference call, via the team’s official Twitter. “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him, but things change. Another team made an offer we couldn’t refuse.”
The Browns also acquired Olivier Vernon for right guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers, who both got dealt to New York. Cleveland also sent its 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) and the 2019 third-round selection (95th overall) they originally were dealt in a 2018 trade with the Patriots.
“I completely understand why people would debate the merits of this deal,” Gettleman added. “This trade really won’t be able to be fully evaluated until we get further down the road. We did not enter this decision to trade Odell lightly.
“We have positions to address. Our plan is to address those positions, plain and simple. We’ll do that through whatever means necessary.”
Gettleman also addressed the rumors surrounding Landon Collins, confirming the report that the team offered a first-round draft pick for the 25-year-old safety “isn’t even remotely accurate.”
The Giants declined to use the franchise tag on Collins, which would have paid him an $11.15 million salary in 2019. Instead, he inked a reported six-year deal worth $84 million with the Redskins that includes $45 million guaranteed.