Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Giants GM defends Beckham trade: Browns 'made an offer we couldn't refuse'

Giants GM defends Beckham trade: Browns 'made an offer we couldn't refuse'

In late February, Gettleman declared that the Giants didn't sign their top wideout to a five-year, $90-million extension last year to trade him. Gettleman referred to the deal as an acquisition of two first-rounders, considering Peppers was the 25th overall selection in 2017.

Gettleman said he only made one trade call shopping Beckham; he reached out to the Buffalo Bills after learning of their failed pursuit of Antonio Brown.

One was that Beckham past year signed a $90 million contract extension, and Gettleman said that deal wasn't made so the Giants could send Beckham to another team.

Last season, the Giants finished with a record of 5-11 and finished last in the NFC East. I want everybody to know this was purely a football business decision. Odell was a tremendous talent making him a valuable asset. "Obviously there's a lot of stuff that factors in, but at the end of the day, in order for us to move Odell, the other team was going to have to knock it out of the park", Gettleman said.

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"Speaking of value, you ask me how we came to this".

After the past season, NY did not franchise-tag leading tackler Landon Collins - Gettleman said teams called at the trading deadline previous year to ask about acquiring Collins, but no one offered enough; traded sacks leader Olivier Vernon to Cleveland for Zeitler; made the Beckham deal; and stuck with Manning, who got a $5 million roster bonus this week.

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".

Gettleman did not shop the three-time Pro Bowler because he felt doing that would not give him the upper hand in trade talks. "I'm OK if you disagree with me".

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