It wouldn’t be the NFL offseason without a multitude of rumors circulating the league. Potential trades, free agent signings, coaching hires and the NFL draft are always popular topics of discussion among fans and pundits alike this time of year.
This offseason has been an interesting one, particularly due to the rumors surrounding New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham is currently demanding more money from the Giants, saying he “won’t step on the field without a new contract.” The Giants haven’t made him a new offer as of yet, which has led to much speculation over who, if anyone, is willing to do so.
There have been several teams in the conversation to make a play for Beckham. The Cleveland Browns are one such example. Acquiring Beckham would be the latest in a series of big moves they have made this offseason. However, they currently own the first and fourth picks in this year’s draft, and would likely have to give one of those up to get the Giants to budge.
There is another team in the conversation that would be an excellent fit for Beckham if he were to land there. That team is the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams have already turned heads this offseason, acquiring CB Aqib Talib from Denver and CB Marcus Peters from Kansas City. They also added DT Ndamukong Suh from Miami. One could make the argument they already won the offseason. If they managed to pull this off, there would be no argument left.
The Philadelphia Eagles are currently considered the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but that could change if the Rams were to make a blockbuster move such as this one. Beckham would make the Ram’s offense, a unit that was already ranked in the top 10 in the NFL last season, nearly unstoppable.
Jared Goff, who has already established himself as one of the game’s top young quarterbacks, would get the benefit of a top 5 receiver to throw to. They also have this guy named Todd Gurley, who’s not too bad.
The logistics of this potential deal are obviously important. It’s hard to say what the Giants would consider fair compensation for a superstar like Beckham. The Rams would likely have to give up their first rounder this year, and potentially next year as well. They may not think risking their future like that for one player is worth it.
Another potential issue is Beckham competing for money with other stars on the Rams roster. They still have to pay Aaron Donald if they want him on the roster post-2018. Not to mention the possibility of Goff and Gurley needing big deals not so far down the road. The idea of taking on another massive contract might not sit so well with the Ram’s front office right now.
In spite of these issues, the potential reward for this trade ultimately outweighs the risk. This is a win-now league, and if the Rams have proved anything this offseason, it’s that they have a win-now mentality. They could have done nothing this offseason and still have been considered potential Super Bowl Contenders, but they decided to go all-out and try to give themselves the best chance to win a title. Why stop now? Why not go that extra mile?
From the Giants perspective, they are a team in need of a rebuild. They’ve had some issues with Beckham in the past, and although getting rid of him may not sit well with some of their fans, it could give them a solid foundation to build their future on. They already have the second pick in the draft, and adding another first round pick and using it wisely could appease those who may be upset about losing Beckham.
This is a trade that would ultimately benefit both parties, as well as the entertainment value of the league. Beckham would take the Rams from Super Bowl Contenders to potential Super Bowl favorites. That’s too good an opportunity to pass up.