The Giants have reportedly been trying to trade their star receiver since signing him to a five-year, $90 million deal in 2018.
The reason for that is the team was tired of his antics, according to SNY.
“He had become too much of a pain in the a—,” once source told SNY. “And there was a real fear that eventually it would get worse.”
The report cites several instances in which Beckham had upset the front office including an incident with a woman in bed and a possible joint, an interview on ESPN in which he was non-committal on the team’s quarterback situation, and another in which he missed a game with an injury without warning the team.
Simply put — and general manager Dave Gettleman did say it this way — the Giants were done with distractions and OBJ had become just that.
“You’ve got to eliminate distractions,” Gettleman said at the combine, and not specifically about Beckham. “There used to be a thing I used to call ‘the a—hole quotient.’ The bigger the a—hole you are, the better the player you had to be. Plain and simple. It’s funny (but) it’s true. It really is. Think of the great players that you’ve seen around the league who have been just complete jerks. At the end of the day, what was the sum total of their career and their effect on their teams?”
The Giants were passively looking for offers for the better part of the last two years, but they were not going to settle, according to the report. New York was looking for two first-round picks in a deal and nothing less.
Ultimately it got first- and third-round picks in the 2019 draft and a starter in Jabril Peppers to boot. The Giants lost starting safety Landon Collins in free agency to the Redskins and loved Peppers in the 2017 draft, according to SNY, so the match made sense.
New York was also reportedly afraid after the Antonio Brown situation in Pittsburgh that Beckham would do something similar a couple of years into his deal. This was a theoretical possibility, but it was apparently enough for the Giants to start to look at cutting ties with the wide receiver.